Fish Report-Freshwater, Sept. 23

SILVERWOOD: The action has been slow overall with only the occasional decent catfish and flurries of fair to good action on small stripers around a pound or smaller. The catfish being landed have been caught in less than 20 feet of water, but the catches have been scattered all around the lake. Antonio Martinez, Hesperia, had a 12-pound cat in Twin Cove on chicken liver. Justin Withersfield, Newport Beach, had a 9-pound cat fishing mackerel and sardines at the dam. The stripers are best at the dam on cut sardines or anchovies, but blood worms are also a good bet. Mark Abbott, Crestline, had 10 stripers to a pound at the dam. The largemouth bass, bluegill, and crappie have all been 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: Trout action has been very slow this past week with only a few rainbows to 18 inches reported for anglers slow trolling a nightcrawler and flasher along the south shoreline (Trout Alley) and the west end near the dam in eight to 18 feet of water. Very few rainbows caught by bank anglers, and those all from the north shore in the dam to Windy Point stretch. Most have come on inflated nightcrawlers fished on long leaders (to five feet). The bass have slowed way down with only a few showing on topwater early and late in the day. Panfish are slow, but bullheads still showing in most shoreline areas on nightcrawler pieces or pieces of mackerel. For more fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222..

GREGORY LAKE: No fishing report. There will be a tagged trout derby Oct. 10 with 10 tagged trout worth a minimum of $250 each. Top tag is a $50,000 annuity. Registration fee is $25. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: Trout action has been slow to fair with light fishing pressure. Plant last week. Best action has been on baits doused with garlic scent in the shallows. Information: 909-867-2009.

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