Northern CA Freshwater

Trout stocking underway at Diamond Valley Lake

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff WriterPublished: Nov 08, 2018

HEMET — Trout season is now underway at Diamond Valley lake as of Nov. 7 when 3,500 pounds of were slated to arrive prior to the lake’s opening that morning. The arrival of these Mount Lassen rainbows was great news for trout anglers and big-bait chuckers alike, and while the bass bite has finally tapered off, there are still biters to be found but you’ve got to go deep.

ART HILL JR. was drop-shotting Roboworms in 40 feet of water at Diamond Valley Lake for these chunky bass during a tough bite. He was fishing with, who else? SoCal guide Art Hill Sr.

“The bass bite was very tough,”said SoCal guide Art Hill, who was spending a day on the water with his son, Art. Jr. “We found 68-degree water first thing in the morning and marked fish hanging out near submerged boulders near the East End, but getting them to eat was a challenge.”

He went on to tell WON they managed to boat some nice ones even with the tough bite, and it was strictly a drop-shot thing with Roboworms in Martens Madness and Morning Dawn 40 feet down.

The trout stock was scheduled to go in after press time, so there is no report on the bite this time around, but trouters can count on the bite to be solid for up to a couple weeks. Last year, even a month after those big stocks, there was a fair bite. The coves and points west of the Marina, the “Fishbowl”adjacent to the Marina, and the shoreline between there and the East Dam are all productive trout spots for shore anglers. Boaters positioned outside of the same areas can also do a lot of damage, and everyone with the tackle to handle it should have a big swimbait at the ready in case stripers push through as they corral these rainbows.

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