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, lug worms, and nightcrawlers with fish running from three to eight pounds. The striper bite has stayed pretty good, especially for anglers trolling white flies or cut baits like sardines, blood worms, or lug worms, in the bigger coves and main lake points. April Hill, Orange, had six stripers and catfish with a 4-pound cat the best fish – all on sardines off the dam. 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. Tim Davies, Hesperia, had three trout to four pounds fishing nightcrawlers at the dam. 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. William Cramsey, Apple Valley, had four bass to three pounds, all on nightcrawlers in Miller Canyon. 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: The Western Outdoor News $50K Trout Derby attracted more than 400 anglers this past weekend, all hoping to catch the $10,000 tagged trout. While none of the tagged fish were big winners, five anglers did go home with cash. James Haskins, Josh Pope, and Jake Estrada each reeled in rainbows worth $50. Nedra Crouse and James Miyaoha caught fish worth $200 each. Shoreline trout anglers are seeing good action from Old Grays Landing to the dam. Garlic-flavored PowerBait fished on the bottom with a Carolina Rig and a two to three-foot fluorocarbon leader of not more than four-pound test is best. Trollers are continuing their circuits around Trout Alley and the mouths of Boulder and Metcalf bays. A slow troll at .5 to 1.5 mph and depths of 12 to 22 feet (three to five colors on leadcore) is the most consistent way of putting fish on the boat. Top lures are Needlefish and Thomas Bouyants in copper/red and color patterns. But Rapalas in Blue/Silver and Gold/Black are also doing well. Bass are fair on plastics in around rock structure near the dam and in Boulder and Metcalf bays. 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: The trout bite has been fair to 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. 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 three weeks ago. The Santa Ana River and the South Fork of the Santa Ana River got trout two weeks ago.