San Bernardino Mt. Waters, Sept. 22 report

SILVERWOOD: The change into fall patterns is happening. The catfish have slowed way down with the cooler nights but still fair, and the stripers and largemouth bass have been improving, with both pretty good now. The stripers are showing on topwater lures in the evening or on nightcrawlers, lug or blood worms, and cut baits the rest of the day. The dam area and main channel have been the top spots. Catfish remain fair on cut baits, especially in the cove mouths, around the marina, and at the dam. Nathan Armstrong, West Covina, landed two catfish to 6 pounds and a smaller stripers fishing nightcrawlers at the dam. Antonio Gonzales, Victorville, had six stripers to three pounds on chicken liver in the main channel. The largemouth bass are also showing along most shorelines again with both plastic worms and topwater getting a fair to good number of fish. The bluegill bite has been slow with few reports. Also no trout 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: 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: Trout action stayed pretty good. The bite is best for trollers or anglers drifting nightcrawlers with micro flashers in six to 14 feet of water or fishing nightcrawlers on a slip bobber rig at anchor. The best area has been from Papoose Bay, to the mooring buoys, to SS Relief. For bank anglers the north shore, especially near the dam, is the best area and the slip-bobber rig and nightcrawlers is the best bet. Some fish early in the morning on small jigs or trout lures. Some bass, both largemouth and smallmouth, are being caught in 12 to 20 feet of water on drop-shot Senkos in pumpkin or black flake. Bass to four pounds reported. Most one to two pounds. Panfish are mostly slow, with only a few showing on bobber-suspended meal worms. Catfish also spotty. 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: The string of quality rainbows continues to show for anglers fishing here this past week. Top fish reported was a 9-12 rainbow landed by David Johnson, Riverside, on Pea Soup PowerBait off Rocky Point. Carl Richmond, Rancho Mirage, landed an 8-13 on a spinner. All trout over 6 pounds win a free t-shirt. A 1,500-pound plant of Jess Ranch rainbows went in three weeks ago, and light fishing pressure still has left a lot of those bigger fish in the lake. Most of the trout reported have been on PowerBait, small jigs with scent fished slowly, or inflated nightcrawlers. 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 plants in Jenks Lake four weeks ago, and the Santa Ana River and the South Fork of the Santa Ana River were planted three weeks ago.

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