HEMET — Trout season has arrived at Diamond Valley Lake, and unless you live under a rock, you know that’s good news for more than just trout anglers. Big bait chuckers looking for trophy largemouth and striped bass keep close tabs on the trout situation, and they will be out in force as early as Thursday (Nov. 16) when the first delivery arrives.
CHOKE ARTIST — Diamond Valley Lake regular Aaron Copado of Hemet used LA Slider swimbaits to fool bass to 5.4 pounds on a recent morning session.
According to staffers at DVL, the stock is going to happen before the lake opens at 5:30 a.m., so anglers getting on the water that day will be able to hit the ground running. This inaugural stock is going to be a big one to the tune of 4,000 pounds, and it will likely go in at the Marina, although, there is a small chance they get dumped in at the Saddle Dam.
These rainbows should stoke a largemouth bite on swimbaits that has already been on a gradual upswing. Lake regular Aaron Copado of Hemet ran into a decent bite on bass to 5.4 pounds L.A. Slider swimbaits. He was fishing along the road bed on the East End.
Stripers have been active for weeks but most of that action has come on flies trolled deep. There have been some rat linesides around a pound biting Flukes along the dams and in deeper water off main-lake points. The hope is, the arrival of all the “Vitamin T” will put those already-active fish in swimbait mode looking for easy protein.
Trout anglers should focus their efforts on the shorelines near the Marina, including the one that leads all the way to the East Dam. Jigs thrown at visible fish should do the trick, along with nightcrawlers or floating baits if you can’t find them schooled up.
The bluegill bite is still very good on quality fish that are gobbling up redworms or pieces of nightcrawler around the Marina or near the dams.
Also worth noting out of Diamond Valley, the biggest striped bass weighed in during the month of November will win the annual pass of the angler’s choice. The weight to beat is 17.26 pounds, so, if you get one that might challenge it, bring it up to the Marina Store to register it. They are also raffling off a 6-month pass to DVL, and all you have to do to enter is donate an unwrapped toy ($15 minimum value) to Toys For Tots and you’re in the running.
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First trout plant expected this week at Diamond Valley Lake