SILVERWOOD: The catfish bite has really kicked into gear with the warm weather with the bite best off the dam and in most of the deeper coves and bays on chicken liver, sardines, and nightcrawlers with fish running from 3 to 8 pounds. Ronald Jamison, Victorville, landed three catfish to 4 pounds fishing sardines at the dam. The striper bite has stayed pretty good, especially for anglers trolling white flies. The bait bite on sardine and blood worms is also good in the bigger coves and main lake points. Tanner Finn, Rancho Cucamonga, caught over 25 schoolie-sized stripers trolling his home-made flies on lead core line. He also had some trout and catfish on cut sardines. His best fish was a 7-pound striper. The trout bite remains fair on small trout plastics, small jigs, or PowerBait in Cleghorn and Miller canyons, through the main channel, and even at the dam. The fish are just in deeper water, and trolling will probably replace shore fishing for the rainbows in the coming weeks. The bluegill and largemouth bass bites have all been pretty fair as the lake warms. Bass are still schooling and chasing bait in less than 15 feet of water and drop-shot plastics are best. Bluegill have moved shallow and are mostly showing in less than 10 feet of water. 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: oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pdf_zip/081013KioskadvySilverwood.pdf. 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: Fair to good action on the rainbows with a steady stream of quality fish showing since the May Trout Classic. Also a DFW plant trout went in this week and two weeks ago. Trolling limits have been pretty common on Needlefish in Trout Alley between Gilner Point, the Rock Wall, and the Zebra Room. Further west the bite is good from the buoy line to Gray’s Landing. Shore angling is best along the north shore from the dam and at the old Gray’s Landing area. Most of the rainbows are showing on PowerBait in yellow or green with garlic. Thomas Walton, 10, Arcadia, landed a 6-4 rainbow trolling a Needlefish. A few bass are showing on plastics and reaction baits, and some panfish are also finally starting to show around the docks in shallower water, most on wax worms or small jigs. 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 lakegregoryrecreation.com/fish.
GREEN VALLEY LAKE: There were 500 pounds of Jess Ranch rainbows planted last week and 800 pounds the week before that. Also DFW fish went in two weeks ago. The bite has been good with a few five-fish limits, and some nice quality fish. PowerBait in chartreuse has been the top bait, but the rainbows are showing on nightcrawlers, small trout jigs, and trout spoons. Top fish reported Roger Herrera, Banning, landed a 6-3 rainbow fishing chartreuse PowerBait off the south shore. Beto Soto, La Puente, landed a 5-12 on green garlic PowerBait. The crappie bite is very good, but the fish are small. 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 gvlfishing.com.
JENKS LAKE REGION: DFW trout plant two weeks ago. The Santa Ana River and the South Fork of the Santa Ana River are slated to get trout planted this week, and fish went in two and four weeks ago.