Fish Report-Freshwater, July 15

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SILVERWOOD: Good action for both catfish and stripers again over the past week. The stripers have been best on fly-lined anchovies and lug worms at the dam, in Miller Canyon, and off the docks. Most are smaller fish under 3 pounds, but some bigger fish in the mix. Soo Chan, Rialto, had an 8-13 striper on an anchovy off the marina rocks. James Martin, Apple Valley, had six stripers to three pounds from Miller Canyon on anchovies. The catfish are showing on sardine and anchovies in most of the coves around the lake with the best bite early and late in the day. Melvin Daniele, Riverside, had a mixed stringer of five catfish and stripers with his best fish a five-pound cat, all on worms in Cleghorn. The largemouth bass bite is fair on plastics and nightcrawlers in 10 to 30 feet of water. The bluegill bite is also fair, mostly on small baits fished under a bobber or fly-lined around structure. 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 improved since the busy Fourth of July weekend, especially for trollers working six to 18 feet of water along Trout Alley along the south shoreline and at the dam. The best action has been on Needlefish tipped with a small piece of nightcrawler. Shore anglers fishing garlic PowerBait in chartreuse and rainbow color fished on a four to five-foot leader are doing best. The long leader keeps the bait above the bottom vegetation and available to the trout. Most anglers are also using the casting floats filled or nearly-filled with water to get a slow sink so the float doesn’t sink too far into the week, reducing snags. DFW trout plant this week. The crappie and bluegill bite remain slow with only a few fish showing on meal worms, wax worms, or nightcrawler pieces suspended by bobbers along the shorelines. Catfish are also surprisingly slow, but some bullhead are showing in the evenings. 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.

GREGORY LAKE: No report. DFW trout plant slated for this week. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at lakegregoryrecreation.com/fish.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: The bite has been tough over the past week. The water is clear and the fish have become very difficult with most anglers reporting only a fish or two if not a skunk. Even the July 2 stock of Jess Ranch rainbows didn’t help much. The best action has been on PowerBait fishing just beyond the weed line on very light leaders, and finesse jig anglers are getting a few fish. Mike Abeyta, Highland, managed a limit of rainbows averaging from two to three pounds fishing Sniper Baits mayflies in natural color near the dam. The crappie bite has been fair, but the fish are all small. The crappie raffle is back for 2015. 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.

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