San Bernardino Mountain Waters, Oct. 20 report

SILVERWOOD: The striper bite has been improving with the cooler weather and the full moon didn’t seem to hurt. Most of the action has been on cut sardines, chicken liver, or blood worms fished off the marina docks, at the dam, and in Miller Canyon. But some fish on swimbaits, too. Most of the fish are one to three pounds, but some bigger fish are starting to come in. Tanner and John Finn, Rancho Cucamonga, caught 15 stripers to three pounds on both swimbaits and sardines in the main channel. Dave Torango, Hesperia, had seven stripers to three pounds, all on swimbaits in the channel. The trout bite kicked back into gear with some good catches reported in Cleghorn Cove on PowerBait and small spinners. (No plants yet this winter, these are holdover fish.) The catfish bite has stayed fair with chicken liver, sardines, and nightcrawlers the best baits, and fish to five pounds reported. A few largemouth bass are also showing along most shorelines again with both plastic worms and cranks on rocky ledges and steep drop-offs. Slow other species. 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. Here’s the direct link to a PDF brochure explaining consumption recommendations. 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: Light fishing pressure and a fair to good trout bite. Best action is still on slow-trolled or drifted nightcrawlers with micro flashers in six to 14 feet of water or fishing nightcrawlers on a slip bobber rig at anchor. The best area has been from Papoose Bay, to the mooring buoys, to the SS Relief. For bank anglers the north shore, especially near the dam, is the best area and the slip-bobber rig and nightcrawlers is the best bet. Some bass, both largemouth and smallmouth, are being caught in 12 to 20 feet of water on drop-shot Senkos in pumpkin or black flake. Most one to two pounds. Panfish and catfish are mostly slow. For updated fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

GREGORY LAKE: No report. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: Still fair trout action in the upper end of the lake between the aerators, Normaís Point, and Fisherman’s Point. Most fish showing on PowerBait, small jigs, or inflated nightcrawlers. Still a few trout topping four pounds being landed. Light fishing pressure. Fishing fees are $15 per adult, $10 for kids. Information: 909-867-2009 and the website, with an in-depth fishing report, is

JENKS LAKE REGION: The Santa Ana River and the South Fork of the Santa Ana River are slated to get DFW trout plants this week. No recent plants in Jenks Lake.

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