UPDATED–While the weekend did sport a night tournament at Diamond Valley Lake, the fact is, for people who sleep at night, the fishing is just fine when the sun is shining. Certainly I saw that first hand, Friday, joining Tammy Morrow of Brea and also checking in with Garrett Lorenzen who was on the water the same day.
To be honest though, the sun really didn’t “come out” until mid morning, and the overcast didn’t hurt the topwater action, while making for cool to comfortable fishing for the first part of the day.
But the fact is, you have lots of options. Reviewing the day, Tammy and I were able to catch fish on drop-shot, 6-inch Margarita Mutilators [Robo's MM III's, to be precise] or green weenies, baby bass Senkos, green Spro Bronzeye frogs, and Repo Man walking baits.
In chatting with Garrett in the afternoon, he added swimbaits and jigs to the list–kind of a pick ‘em fishing–with some fish as shallow as 3 feet, while others were biting down to 40 feet or more.
Tammy wasted no time in the first 15 minutes catching a near 5-pounder that ate the drop-shot MM in a pocket in one of the steep coves west of the marina. The fish came out of about 15 feet of water and pretty much set the tone for the day. They were biting the worm of your choice.
The frog fish came from those combinations of rock and exposed brush, as long as you got the bait right on the bank to start the retrieve. But from the same type area, Tammy hooked another 5-pounder on the drop-shot that broke her off a foot from the boat. And then 20 minutes later on a return pass, I caught the same fish on Senko–with her worm, hook and sinker in its mouth. (That’s a couple of times its happened to me this month).
Later in the day the windy points on the south side of the lake produced most of the bites, some quite shallow on the Senko, but also down to 30 feet on a drop-shot.
When we checked in with Lorenzen, his fishing companion Andrew Parsons of Lakeside had the fish of a lifetime (for now) to show us, a battered but big 10-pound, 4-ouncer taken on a swimbait. It apparently came from the south side of the lake as well.
But for sheer action, it would be hard to deny DVL is on fire in the daytime. Every time we came near another boat, someone was fighting a fish, holding one up or letting one go. That’s really kind of rare for most lakes.