Southern CA Freshwater

Trout stock lands in Hemet Lake

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff WriterPublished: Jul 12, 2018

Chunky bass landed by first timer

MOUNTAIN CENTER — Several rounds of stocks including one on July 6 have kept rods consistently bent at Hemet Lake, one of only a handful of year-round trout fisheries in Southern California. The coolest story this time around, however, was on the largemouth bass scene.

mariewidginsMARIE WIDGINS OF San Jacinto was fishing with her son, Aaron Copado, at Hemet Lake where she used a balsa topwater bait to connect with this 5.68-pound largemouth. It was her birthday and first time bass fishing.

Hemet angler Aaron Copado brought his mom, Marie Widgins to Hemet Lake so she could bass fish for the first time, and she was able to stick a nice one in a very underrated largemouth impoundment.

“We just walked around the shoreline fishing from spot to spot until she connected,” said Copado, who is one of the premier trophy bass hunters at Diamond Valley Lake which was shut down because of algae. “She was able to connect with a 5-pound largemouth on a balsa topwater.”

Specifically, her bass weight 5.68 pounds, and despite several more blow ups on top, that was the only fish caught by the duo that day. It was Marie’s birthday, and Copado said four years ago, he caught a nice bass in the exact same spot.

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