San Bernardino Mt. Waters, July 21 report

SILVERWOOD: The trout, striper, and catfish bites have all stayed pretty fair over the past week. The striper bite fair to good with most of the action in the afternoons on drifted cut baits, like sardines, nightcrawlers, blood worms, or lug worms. Some also have been caught trolling deeper water. Tim Roberts, Hesperia, had eight stripers to 2 pounds fishing lugworms off the docks. The catfish bite has been best in the mornings at the dam and in most of the deeper coves and bays on chicken liver, sardines, lug worms, and nightcrawlers with fish running from three to eight pounds. Mark Jefferies, Hesperia, had two catfish to 5 pounds on sardines off the dock. The trout bite slowed a little, but it’s still fair to good for anglers fishing in deeper water in the main coves (Miller and Cleghorn) with some fish at the dam. Trout plastics, small jigs, inflated nightcrawlers with scent, or PowerBait are the best bets. The bluegill and largemouth bass bites have all been slow to fair with few reports. Anglers should be aware of health warnings for the consumption of fish from this lake because of high PCB and mercury levels in the fish flesh and skin. Here’s the direct link to a PDF brochure explaining consumption recommendations: oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pdf_zip/081013KioskadvySilverwood.pdf. Dock fishing is allowed for $3 for adults, $2 for kids and seniors. Private boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. Boats inspected and tagged at Diamond Valley and Perris will be allowed at Silverwood. The park is open seven days a week. Information: marina 760-389-2299, state park 760-389-2281, Silverwood Country store 760-389-2423.

BIG BEAR LAKE: While the full moon seems to have slowed the bite some, there is still a fair to good trout bite. The best action has been best from first light to 10 a.m. for shore anglers who are now using four-foot leaders and slip bobbers to stay above the weeds on the bottom. Top shoreline spots continue to be along the north shore from Grey’s Landing to the dam. Trollers are working deeper water with the best action in 12 to 20 feet on a very slow troll in Trout Alley on the south shore and between the S.S. Relief east to the west public ramp. Lots of rainbows in the one to two pound range, and fish to 6 pounds reported this past week. Panfish are starting to show in good numbers around areas of submerged boulders, around docks, in deeper water near the dam, the west end of the lake, and in the coves along the south shoreline. Bass anglers are starting to get a little more action off of spinnerbaits and crankbaits worked in the shallows around submerged structure. For updated fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

GREGORY LAKE: No report. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at lakegregoryrecreation.com/fish.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: Fair to good action with a lot of limits of pan-sized trout. Best action is early morning. The best bite has been from Fisherman’s Point to Rocky Point to the aerators. Trout plastics and jigs have been best, but some on PowerBait. Top fish was a 15-2 rainbow, a new lake record, landed by Chuck Jewell, Green Valley, while fishing for bass with a plastic worm. The crappie bite is good, but the fish are small. Anglers get a raffle ticket or a Bass Pro gift card each time they bring in 15 to 25 crappie. Fishing fees are $15 per adult, $10 for kids. Information: 909-867-2009 and the website, with an in-depth fishing report, is gvlfishing.com.

JENKS LAKE REGION: No recent plants in Jenks Lake, but the Santa Ana River and the South Fork of the Santa Ana River were planted last week.

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