San Bernardino Mt. Lakes, Aug. 18 report

SILVERWOOD: The lake was closed much of last week because of the Pilot Fire (now 100 percent contained), and there has been an algae bloom (toxic to humans) that stopped boating and water contact activities. All that said, the fishing has stayed slow to fair. A few small stripers under 2 pounds and catfish are showing on chicken liver, lug worms, sardines, or anchovies around the marina and off the dam. Mark Thompson, Arcadia, had a six-pound catfish on chicken liver off the dock. There have been very few trout reports. The bluegill and largemouth bass bites have all been slow to fair with few 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: A new lake record catfish weighing 26.65 pounds was caught by Bob McGrew and Robin Hart, both Big Bear, while fishing mackerel. The fish took two hours to land. Trout trollers are seeing fair to good action in the west end of the lake in 6 to 12 feet of water in the triangle the mooring buoys, the floating outhouse, and Papoose Bay. Some fish on Needlefish early, but most on nightcrawler trailers. For shore anglers, there is still fair action at the dam on an inflated nightcrawler of salmon egg peach PowerBait with garlic fished below a slip bobber. Heavy boat traffic on weekends makes fishing tough. Largemouth bass and panfish have slowed with the summer heat, but there is a fair bite on smallmouth on submerged rock structure on drop-shot wacky-rigged plastics. Early and late in the day have been the best times to fish for all species. 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: The action has been slowish during the day for the trout, but there has been a pretty decent bite in the mornings and evenings with the fish up on top taking insects. Most of the trout reported have been on small jigs with scent fished slowly or inflated nightcrawlers. Anglers get a raffle ticket or a Bass Pro gift card each time they bring in 15 to 25 crappie. 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: No recent plants in Jenks Lake, the Santa Ana River, or the South Fork of the Santa Ana River.

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