San Bernardino Mt. Waters, Sept. 15 report

SILVERWOOD: The change into fall patterns is happening. The catfish have slowed way down with the cooler nights, but the stripers and largemouth bass have been pretty good. The stripers are showing on topwater lures in the evening or on nightcrawlers, lug or blood worms, and cut baits the rest of the day. Jason Bailey, Oro Grande, landed a 13.5-pound striper at the dam on a nightcrawler. The dam area has been the top spot. The largemouth bass are also showing along most shorelines again with both plastic worms and topwater getting a fair to good number of fish. Bryan Delsplane, Crestline, had an 8-pound largemouth on a Roboworm at the Miller Canyon buoy line. Catfish remain fair on cut baits, especially in the cove mouths, around the marina, and at the dam. The bluegill bite has been slow with few reports. Also no trout 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: Trout action stayed pretty good. The bite is best for slow trollers (drift speed) in six to 14 feet of water with nightcrawlers and micro flashers or drift fishing with a slip bobber. The best area has been from Papoose Bay, to the mooring buoys, to the SS Relief. For bank anglers the north shore, especially near the dam, is the best area and the slip-bobber rig and nightcrawlers is the best bet. Some fish early in the morning on small jigs or trout lures. Some bass, both largemouth and smallmouth, are being caught in 12 to 20 feet of water on drop-shot Senkos in pumpkin or black flake. Bass to four pounds reported. Most 1 to 2 pounds. Panfish are mostly slow, with only a few showing on bobber-suspended meal worms. Catfish also spotty. 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: The bite on bigger fish has continued this week and many anglers again reported limits or near-limits. Top trout was a 6-1 landed by Clayton Dunlap, Green Valley. Bill Kezar, Chino, landed a 5-9, while a 5-4 was landed by Chuck Jewell, Green Valley. All trout over six pounds win a free t-shirt. A 1,500-pound plant of Jess Ranch rainbows went in two weeks ago. Most of the trout reported have been on PowerBait, small jigs with scent fished slowly, or inflated nightcrawlers. 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: DFW trout plants in Jenks Lake four weeks ago, and the Santa Ana River and the South Fork of the Santa Ana River were planted three weeks ago.

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