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Numbers and quality available at Diamond Valley Lake

BY MIKE STEVENS
WON Staff Writer
Published: Jul 20, 2017
HEMET — Bass anglers powering through – or at least, fishing right up until – midday temps peak into the high 90s are still enjoying respectable fishing for largemouth bass. And while historically speaking, Diamond Valley Lake has been quite the opposite, it’s been consistent for a few weeks on a variety of techniques.

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THIS 8.97-POUND LARGEMOUTH was nabbed out of Diamond Valley Lake by Chino angler Tony Fuentes who was fishing with guide and former WON U.S. Open Champion, Rusty Brown. 

Great numbers of 3- to 5-pound largemouth are being caught on deep-diving crankbaits, while most of the other biters are coming on anything from Ikas, Ned Rigs, swimbaits, topwater, wakebaits, Senkos and Texas rigs.

In a recent tournament, Jeff Van Nimwegen and partner Jeff Rutt finished 2 nd out of 52 teams with a 19.14-pound sack anchored by a 7.72-pound toad that ate a swimbait off a point on the north end of the lake.

“The rest of the fish came on big worms,” said Van Nimwegen. “We didn’t get a lot of bites, but when we did it was no smaller than a 3.5-pound-class fish.

Guide Rusty Brown has been banging away on DVL, and he recently put client Tony Fuentes of Chino on an 8.97-pound bucketmouth.

“There is some good topwater at first light,” said Brown. “Then, the best action is on 6-inch drops-shots in Morning Dawn or Margarita Mutilator with longer leaders to stay above the grass, or crawling a Texas rig with 7- or 8-inch worms in the 25- to 35-foot zone. The Saddle Dam, western shoreline and the islands in front of Rawson Cove are all producing for both quality and quantity right now.”

Striped bass fishing has been slow-to-fair with some biters starting to show up for boaters trolling flies, but a 15-pounder ate one of those deep-diving cranks – also a 15-pound flathead catfish – that were being worked in that tournament.

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