San Bernardino Mountain Waters, Oct. 6 report

SILVERWOOD: The fishing pressure has dropped way off, but there continues to be a fair to good bite on smaller stripers. There are still some fishing showing on topwater morning and evening, but 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. Most of the fish are one to three pounds, rarely bigger. Sam Tracy, Tahoe, had a 3.5-pound striper on a topwater in Miller. Mark Rodriguez, Barstow, land three stripers to two pounds on chicken liver, while Tom Jones, Apple Valley, had three stripers to three pounds on sardines. The catfish bite has stayed fair with chicken liver and nightcrawlers the best baits. A few largemouth bass are also showing along most shorelines again with both plastic worms and topwater getting a fair number of fish. The bluegill bite has been slow with few reports. Also no trout reports. 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: Troutfest was this past weekend and the Western Outdoor News two-day derby drew good crowds. There was a total of 446 anglers who landed 582 trout that weighed 725.53 pounds. Top fish was a 7.44-pound rainbow landed by Jon Finch. He also finished second in the big stringer was a total of 15.54 pounds. Winner in the big stringer category was Doug Ferguson with 16.18 pounds. Top woman’s stringer was Christina Briceno at 12.33 pounds. The winner of the grand prize rabble (boat and motor package) was Gary Judd, Redlands. The trout bite is fair to good overall with the best action 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. Bass to four pounds reported. Most one to two pounds. Panfish are mostly slow, with only a few showing on bobber-suspended meal worms. Catfish also spotty. 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: Slow to fair trout action with the best bite from Norma’s Point to Fisherman’s Point to Rocky Point on holdover rainbows. 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: Jenks Lake, the Santa Ana River, and the South Fork of the Santa Ana River were planted with DFW trout last week.

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