San Bernardino Mountain Waters 3/22/2012

SILVERWOOD: The striper bite has been kicking into gear this past week with a lot of nice 5 to 8-pound fish showing. The best bite has been at the dam and in the main channel on cut baits, trolling and swimbaits. Jack Barton, Crestline, had eight stripers that weighed a total of 44 pounds and his best fish was a 7-8. Steve Martinez, Colton, landed an 8-pounder on a Z-Plug in the channel. The trout and crappie bites have also both been very good over the past week. DFG fish are slated for this week and there was a plant two weeks ago. The fish are showing in good numbers around the marina and into both Cleghorn and Miller canyons. Holdover fish have spread through much of the lake, so trout can be caught in most coves, especially Chemise, and along the dam. The best bite has been on floating baits, small spinners, trout jigs and trout plastics. Some holdover fishing topping 2 pounds are showing. The crappie bite off the marina docks has continued to be good on small tube jigs in yellow and white, and red and white. Even after the miserable weekend, the action continued to be pretty decent when the sun came back out early in the week. The fish are averaging .75 to 1 pound. The largemouth action is also picking up, but most of the fish are still deep and showing on jigs and plastics off the points or around the marina. Ron Johnson, Ontario, have a 5-pound bass fishing off the dock with a crappie jig. No reports on catfish or bluegill this week. Dock fishing is allowed for $3 for adults, $2 for kids and seniors. The park is closed on Wednesday and Thursday each week through March (walk-in fishing still allowed). Hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information: marina (760) 389-2299, state park (760) 389-2281, Silverwood Country store (760) 389-2423.

BIG BEAR LAKE: The trout bite has continued good, and this week’s storm dumped a lot of snow and iced over some of the bays. Warmer days have the most of the ice gone. The best action has been off the north shore, Stanfield Cutoff and the dam. The best bite is in 12 to 25 feet of water with floating baits, mostly PowerBait and Gulp!, fished on a 3-foot leader. Top flavors/colors have been garlic chartreuse, rainbow salmon egg and chunky cheese garlic. Young Matt Garcia, San Bernardino, had a limit of rainbows in three hours, while his sister Rachel had three trout, and younger brother Brian landed a 2-8 rainbow, topping his brother and sister. All the marinas are still closed. For fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods (909) 866-3222.

GREGORY LAKE: No recent DFG plants. No reports. For more information, call the Lake Gregory boathouse at (909) 338-2233.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: No report. Recorded information: (909) 867-2009; gvlfishing.com.

ARROWBEAR LAKE: No recent DFG plants.

JENKS LAKE REGION: Mostly slow action with just a few trout showing. Parking area closed, but anglers can walk in and fish for holdover fish. No DFG plants in over a month. No recent plants in the Santa Ana River or the South Fork. Jenks Lake: (909) 747-5098. General Information: Mill Creek Ranger Station at (909) 382-2881

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