SILVERWOOD: The action has been improving over the past week with a fair to good bite on small stripers (you have to fend off the dinks to get a few 1 to 3 pounders). The dam, marina docks, and main channel have been the best spots for stripers. Matthew Hill, Crestline, had eight stripers to 3 pounds fishing nightcrawlers off the docks. Catfish have also been improving with a fair bite. The fish are showing all around the lake with the dam and area around the marina perhaps the top spots (or at least the spots with the most fishing pressure). Sarines have been the top bait. Tyler Abbott, Crestline, had four cats to 6-8 off the marina docks, while Tony Sanderson, Victorville, landed three cats to 4 pounds at the dam. Both anglers were using sardines. 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 again 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 8 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 5 feet). DFW trout plant this week, however. 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 or visit the store’s Facebook page.
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.