SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS

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SILVERWOOD: The trout and striped bass bites are fair to good, the largemouth bass and crappie also have been pretty fair. The most recent trout plant was two weeks ago, but trout are scheduled to be planted this week in Miller Canyon Creek. The best trout action has been on small lures and PowerBait in Miller and Cleghorn canyons, but fish are showing around much of the lake, but especially in coves where water is running into the lake. The stripers have continued to improve with a lot of 4- to 6-pound fish being landed on big cranks, jerkbaits and swimbaits. Dave Gosney, Victorville, had three stripers that weighed 22.44 pounds total, including an 8-13, all on Lucky Craft jerkbaits from Outhouse Cove and the ski beach. Art Guttierrez, Alta Loma, had a pair of stripers at 8 and 6.5 pounds on big lures, and Dennis Garrahan, Crestline, landed stripers at six and five pounds, and a five-pound largemouth, on swimbaits at the marina rocks. The largemouth bite has improved dramatically over the past week with fish finally starting to move up out of the depths. Ross May, Moreno Valley, had a 5-12 on a crappie jig off the marina docks, while Tim Milligan, Lytle Creek, landed a 4-pounder on a grub at Las Animas Point. The best crappie bite is still off the marina docks with the fish running a half- to three-quarter-pound with a few bigger. Most are showing on small jigs. Jim Whiner, Victorville, had 12 crappie to three-quarter-pound on jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles. No reports on catfish or bluegill this week, but George Hernandez, Rancho Cucamonga, landed two carp to two pounds on nightcrawlers off the dock. Dock fishing is allowed for $3 for adults, $2 for kids and seniors. Information: marina (760) 389-2299, state park (760) 389-2281, Silverwood Country store (760) 389-2423.

BIG BEAR LAKE: Very good trout action this past week, with the fish starting to stack up in the bays where streams are entering the lake, and along the whole north shore from the dam to Stanfield cutoff. Boulder Bay has been very good. The best bite has been on floating baits in eight to 12 feet of water with a two to three foot leader. Top PowerBaits have been chunky cheese garlic, salmon egg red, and chartreuse garlic, with the purple nymph color good early in the morning. The fish are averaging about a pound or a little better but there have been a lot of three to five-pound fish and a 10-11 was landed off Windy Point two weeks ago. The BBMWD opened the east end launch ramp this past week (quagga mussel inspections required), and most of the private marinas should be open by the weekend. The May Trout Classic will be held May 19-20, and there will be a $5,000 tagged trout this season. Applications for entry are available now and only the first 500 entries will be accepted. Cost is $65 per person and all money will go toward the cast payout for the top nine biggest trout or into a fund to plant the lake with more rainbow trout, including trophy fish. For more information on the classic: maytroutclassic.com or e-mail Jacque Hall at jacque@maytroutclassic.com. Other species are still mostly slow, but a few small bass and catfish have been reported in the bays on nightcrawlers. For fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods (909) 866-3222.

GREGORY LAKE: First DFG trout plant of the season this week. 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: First DFG trout plant of the season this week.

JENKS LAKE REGION: Mostly slow action, with just a few trout showing. Parking area should open soon, but anglers can still walk in and fish for holdover fish. No DFG plants yet this season. The first trout plants of the season in the Santa Ana River and the South Fork went in last week. Jenks Lake: (909) 747-5098. General Information: Mill Creek Ranger Station at (909) 382-2881.

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