San Bernardino Mt. Waters, July 7 report

SILVERWOOD: The trout, striper, and catfish bites have all been good over the past week. The catfish bite has been best early and late in the day at the dam and in most of the deeper coves and bays on chicken liver, sardines, lug worms, and nightcrawlers with fish running from 3 to 8 pounds. Sam Moore, Hesperia, had two catfish to 4 pounds on chicken liver. The striper bite fair to good on drifted cut baits like sardines, nightcrawlers, blood worms, or lug worms, in the bigger coves and main lake points. Trolling is also a good bet. Tanner Finn, Rancho Cucamonga, caught 10 stripers to three pounds trolling white flies. The trout bite is good on small trout plastics, small jigs, or PowerBait in Cleghorn and Miller canyons, through the main channel, and even at the dam. The bluegill and largemouth bass bites have all been pretty fair. 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: 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: Good to excellent trout action. The best action has been best from first light to 10 a.m. for shore anglers who are now using 4-foot leaders and slip bobbers to stay above the weeds on the bottom. Top shoreline spots continue to be along the north shore from Grey’s Landing to the dam. Trollers are working deeper water with the best action in 12 to 20 feet on a very slow troll in Trout Alley on the south shore and between the S.S. Relief east to the west public ramp. Lots of rainbows in the 1 to 2 pound range, and fish to 6 pounds reported this past week. Panfish are starting to show in good numbers around areas of submerged boulders, around docks, in deeper water near the dam, the west end of the lake, and in the coves along the south shoreline. Bass anglers are starting to get a little more action off of spinnerbaits and crankbaits worked in the shallows around submerged structure. 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: Fair to good action with a lot of limits of pan-sized trout, since the big 1,200-pound plant of Jess Ranch rainbows June 30. DFW trout were planted the week before. Best action is early morning. Top fish reported over the holiday was a 10-1 rainbow landed by Adam Gin, Santa Monica, on the south shore with garlic PowerBait. Several other 5 to 6 pound rainbows reported. The crappie bite is 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

JENKS LAKE REGION: No recent plants in Jenks Lake, but the Santa Ana River and the South Fork of the Santa Ana River got trout last week.

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