SILVERWOOD: Fair action for both catfish and stripers again over the past week. The stripers have been best on blood worms, lug worms, or frozen sardines. The points in the main channel, the dam, Miller Canyon, and off the docks have been the best spots. Most are smaller fish under three pounds, but some bigger fish in the mix. The catfish are showing on sardines and anchovies in most of the coves around the lake with the best bite early and late in the day. Jack Brown, Apple Valley, had one four-pound striper caught at the dam on a sardine along with three catfish to three pounds on the same bait in Miller Canyon. The largemouth bass bite is slow to fair on plastics and nightcrawlers in 10 to 30 feet of water. The bluegill bite is slow to fair, mostly on small baits fished right along the bottom on light line. Trout slow. 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. 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: The trout action has been fair to good with a “normal” pattern returning after monsoon rains a couple of weeks ago. The best action is for trollers to work Trout Alley (along the south shoreline) with local guides John Cantrell and Curt Dills reporting easy limits on a variety of Needlefish, Rapalas, and nightcrawlers fish behind Wedding Ring rigs. Bank fishing has been best off the north shore from the dam to Windy Point and long leaders of four to five feet with PowerBait in garlic and salmon egg mixes or inflated nightcrawlers. The long leader keeps the bait above the weeds. The topwater bass bite has been pretty fair early and late in the day with a frog pattern fished slowly getting the most takes. Also some bluegill and crappie showing in the bays or nightcrawler pieces or meal worms. Even some catfish and bullhead being landed. All the public launch ramps and the five private marinas are open. For more fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.
GREEN VALLEY LAKE: The trout bite has remained fair to good with some limits reported. The best bite has been early morning in the east end of the lake off Norma’s and Fisherman’s points. Garlic PowerBait or inflated nightcrawler are the best baits, while small jigs are the top lure. The crappie bite has been fair to good. Every angler who brings in from 15 to a full limit of 25 crappie will receive a raffle ticket for a Sept. 5 drawing for a $100 Bass Pro gift card. Information: 909-867-2009.