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Lake Perris still spawning, but better fish found deep

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff Writer Published: May 15, 2019

PERRIS — There are still bass on beds, but it seems like the better-quality largemouth are now post-spawn and biting in deeper water. Water temps are still in the high 60s, and double digit numbers of largemouth are being boated pretty regularly.

TONY CARMEAN STUCK this 5.25-pound Lake Perris largemouth on a Yamamoto Ika while fishing with guide Art Hill.

SoCal guide Art Hill had a great day on the water with long-time clients Tony Carmean and Scott Murphy of Carlsbad.

“Between Scott and Tony, they had 20-plus fish easily,” Hill told WON. “The bite was on fire on Yamamoto Ikas fished in 20 to 25 feet of water. We fished the tree line on the south shoreline.”

Hill said the big fish went 5.25 pounds with other nicer models dumped at the boat.

“Most of the fish were between 2 and 3.75 pounds,” he said. “Lots of 3 pounders.”

Lake regular Michael Craig of Mentone said the bite for him has been “off and on,” but he did run into some good topwater fishing. He mentioned the lake level being lowered “4 to 5 feet, right in the middle of the spawn” and suggesting that has made things difficult to get a read on.

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