San Bernardino Mt. Waters, May 19 report

SILVERWOOD: Trout action remained good this past week after the big DFW plant three weeks ago, and DFW fish are slated to go in this week and next week. 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 striper bite improved this week with a lot of fish to four pounds showing on lug worms, blood worms, sardines, or nightcrawlers drifted at the dam, in Miller Canyon, and fished around the marina. Also a lot of fish showing on trolled white flies. The largemouth bass are fair to good with most fish still shallow. Swinbaits and plastics the best bets. Bryan Delaplane, Crestline, had four largemouth to five pounds in Miller Canyon on plastics. Catfish improved in recent days with good action in Cleghorn and at the dam, mostly on blood worms, but also on other cut baits. 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: The May Trout Classic was held this past weekend and it was won by Jeff Frease, Long Beach, with a 6.34-pound rainbow. Since the big plants for the tournament, there has been a steady string of big rainbows to 7 pounds and better. William Schmid, Big Bear, had a 7.1-pounder, while Mel Freese, also Big Bear, had a 5.75-pounder. Overall, fair to good action on the rainbows. 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. 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 fishing report. DFW trout plant two weeks ago. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: Trout season officially opens here Friday this week with a 1,000-pound plant of rainbow trout from Jess Ranch. The lake will get DFW trout next week. 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: First DFW plant of the season went in four weeks ago at Jenks Lake, and it is on the schedule for next week. The Santa Ana River and the South Fork of the Santa Ana River were planted last week and four weeks ago. Next plant is slated for next week.

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