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Seven-plus bass leads flurry of 5 pounders out of Perris

WON Staff Writer
Published: Sep 21, 2017
PERRIS — For no less than a solid month other than an off week during that heat wave, Allesandro Island has been producing a lot of bites for Lake Perris bassers. For a long time, it was primarily plastics getting the job done but lately, it’s been more hardbaits, including topwater, and the quality of the fish being caught is very good.

MORNING DAWN AT DUSK – This 7.2-pound largemouth ate a Morning Dawn Roboworm drop-shotted by Corey Cranford at dusk near the dam at Lake Perris.


It was a finesse bait that caught the big bass of the week, though. That was a 7.2-pound largemouth caught by Corey Cranford of Fontana while drop-shotting a Morning Dawn Roboworm in the evening near the dam. It was one of four decent bass nabbed at dusk during a short outing. His brother, Casey Cranford, manages the Tackle Department at Bass Pro Shops in Rancho Cucamonga, and he said they’ve been receiving reports that a lot of 5-pound bass are being caught on the back of the Island with drop-shots, spoons and swimbaits.

Lake regular Michael Craig of Mentone has also been taking advantage of Perris’ Island bite, and has been getting them on top.

“We killed them on topwater,” said Craig. The Island was on fire, and we didn’t get a fish under 3 pounds. The biggest went 5.”

He caught 14 total on a wooden bait that he produced called the “Prankster,” and he said his buddy caught a couple Ika and tailspin fish.

While fishing is much improved at Perris, it’s not a day-in day-out bite as there have been dead days following good ones, but there are definitely more decent days in the mix every week.

Panfish, including redear and bluegill, are still biting well near the dam, around the Marina and also at the Island in 15 feet of water.

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