HEMET — Largemouth bass anglers are finally able to take advantage of some shallower biters at Diamond Valley Lake, but that deep bite is still there providing a second (or primary, depending on the fisherman) option. Big swimbait-eating striped bass chewed hard as soon as trout stocking kicked off this season, but recently, the lineside bite has shifted to smaller models that are boiling in big numbers.
Riverside angler Danny Uribe talked to Western Outdoor News after catching a bucketmouth pushing 10 pounds, and he shared gobs of relevant information on both bites while hitting DVL pretty hard since Christmas.
“Bass are slow to good for guys who know what they are doing,” said Uribe. “Fish from 10 to 50 feet with small shad-imitating baits shallow in the mornings, and fish crawdad imitations in 30 to 50 feet as the sun comes up. Be patient and work slowly. Most main lake and secondary points are holding fish, and light fluorocarbon from 5 to 10 pound is a must.”
His big bass went 9.16 pounds and was caught near the Quarry on a ½-ounce Coalition Jig in the “Elite PB&J” color with a plastic craw trailer. That on one of his own Uribe M2 Scuderia rods (UribeFishing.com) and a Shimano Aldebaron reel loaded with 10-pound Sunline fluoro.
Uribe also has been seeing a lot of striped bass activity on the surface, and in another chat with WON, he already had a 12 pounder in the livewell.
“For the striper boils, use small shad-imitations,” he added. “Most of the fish are 2 to 3 pounds with some bigger stuff mixed in. They are all over the lake and up and down quickly, so you need a bait like a Spinbait 80 (Duo Realis) that you can cast quickly and far.”
WON reader Brian Anderson of Corona was targeting striped bass on DVL with his wife, and the duo trolled up nine of them along with three largemouth. The jailbird haul included a 9 and 4.3 pounder, and they caught them on a trolled umbrella rig as well as “flycored” flies.
“They were all deep, over 20 feet down, and they were all released,” said Anderson. “Got to give credit to Mike Southerland. We took a trip with his guide service a few weeks ago and learned a few tricks that really work.”
Southerland was back at it over the weekend and popped a pair of 14 pounders trolling AC Plugs near the Marina.
As for trout plants, DVL stocks once a month (but they are big ones, over 3,500 pounds) with the last one going in on Dec. 5, and word is the next delivery is slated for Jan. 4.