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Striped bass, striper anglers in a frenzy at Diamond Valley Lake in Hemet

December 15, 2008 | 10:56 am

Matt Dalton at Diamond Valley Lake

Striped bass have been gorging on newly planted trout at Diamond Valley Lake in Hemet. Anglers, in turn, have been casting anything resembling a trout toward the stripers and hooking fish to about 20 pounds.

Matt Dalton (pictured above) caught a 13-pounder at the east dam on an AC minnow.

Diamond Valley Lake marina manager Dave Neitzke (pictured below) caught stripers at 14.74, 15.22, 9.69 and 9.45 pounds. He was trolling a Z-plug at 35 feet along the east dam.

John Coburn caught stripers at 20.33 and 14.44 pounds while fishing with Z plugs, and dozens were weighed between 10 and 20 pounds.

Expect the bite to continue a few days after the storms clear out, and especially after the next trout plant.

-- Pete Thomas

Dave Neitzke at Diamond Valley Lake

Photos courtesy of Diamond Valley Lake marina