SILVERWOOD: The lake was reopened to body contact Tuesday this week after an algae bloom (toxic to humans) led to a two-week water-contact closure. The bloom didn’t affect fish much with a fair bite on small stripers under 2 pounds. Also fair action for catfish on chicken liver, lug worms, sardines, or anchovies around the marina and off the dam. 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: 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: Last week it was a lake record catfish, this week the week’s top catch is a rare brown trout — rare for Big Bear anyway. Garry Work, Fresno, landed a 4.5-pound brown trout last Friday while fishing near the dam. Big Bear Sporting Goods reports that about six years ago a few brown trout were inadvertently mixed in with a rainbow plant. Those fish would be three to five pounds. Overall, the trout bite has been pretty fair. Trollers are fishing the west end of the lake in 6 to 12 feet of water in the triangle between the mooring buoys, the floating outhouse, and Papoose Bay. Some fish on Needlefish early, but most on nightcrawlers and flashers. 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. There is a DFW trout plant slated for this week. 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 lakegregoryrecreation.com/fish.
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 gvlfishing.com.
JENKS LAKE REGION: DFW trout plants this week in Jenks Lake, the Santa Ana River, and the South Fork of the Santa Ana River.