SILVERWOOD: Fair to good action for both catfish and stripers again over the past week. The stripers have been best on fly-lined anchovies and lug worms off points in the main channel, at the dam, in Miller Canyon, and off the docks. Most are smaller fish under three pounds, but some bigger fish in the mix. 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. Taylor and Cody Sprankle, Apple Valley, landed 13 stripers and two catfish fishing anchovies off the docks. Top fish was a 7-7 catfish. Howard Yu and John Lin, both Arcadia, had 19 stripers to two pounds and four catfish to eight pounds fishing sardines at the dam. 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 water is a little off-color from runoff and an algae bloom, and the best bite has been on slow-trolled nightcrawlers fished behind flasher rigs. The most action has been behind three to five colors of leadcore along the south shoreline from Gilner Point to the Zebra Room. Shoreline anglers saw action from the North Shore from the dam to Windy Point, but weeds are becoming a problem. Most anglers are using garlic PowerBait on a Carolina rig with a four to five foot leader or a slip-bobber rig set from eight to 16 feet deep with a nightcrawler. Bobbi Volk, Big Bear, caught a 5-4 rainbow. A few bluegill, crappie, and small catfish are hitting on ‘crawlers and meal worms in the bays and coves in and around docks at the East Launch Ramp. The bass bite has been best on drop-shot plastics, especially on the rip-rap at the dam in 12 to 20 feet of water. 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.
GREEN VALLEY LAKE: There was a 1,000-pound plant of Jess Ranch rainbows last week and another plant is slated for this week. The best bite was close to shore over the weekend with slowly-fished jigs and nightcrawlers the best bets, but also some on garlic PowerBaits. Top fish was a 6-1 rainbow landed by Dave Schneider, Green Valley Lake, on a SuperDuper off Norma’s Point. The bass are starting to hit pretty good and the crappie bite is 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.