San Bernardino Mt. Waters, June 2 report

SILVERWOOD: Trout action slowed a little with the warm weather, even after DFW plants last week and two weeks ago. The best action has been 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 catfish, bluegill, and largemouth bass bites have all been pretty fair as the lake warms. Catfish have been best on chicken liver in Miller and Cleghorn canyons. Michael Davidson, Hesperia, landed an eight-pound cat on a sardine and it topped off his three-fish stringer. 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. Charles Chang, El Monte, had a one-pound bluegill on a nightcrawler off the dock. 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: 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 last week. 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. James Briggs, Barstow, landed a 6-2 rainbow fishing near the dam on PowerBait. A few bass are showing on plastics and reaction baits. For updated fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

GREGORY LAKE: No report. No results from weekend derby. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: There were 800 pounds of Jess Ranch rainbows planted last Thursday and DFW fish were also added to the mix. The bite has been good with a lot of holiday weekend anglers getting five-fish limits. PowerBait in chartreuse has been the top bait, but the rainbows are showing on nightcrawlers, small trout jigs, and trout spoons. Top fish reported was an eight-pound rainbow landed by Christina Johnston, Riverside, off Fisherman’s Point on an inflated nightcrawler. A 7-8 rainbow was landed by Mike Abeyta, Green Valley Lake, fishing from a boat near the dam. 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: DFW trout plant last week. The Santa Ana River and the South Fork of the Santa Ana River also received trout last week and three weeks ago.

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