San Bernardino Mt. Waters, Sept. 29 report

SILVERWOOD: The stripers are showing on topwater lures in the early morning and some evenings, but deep the rest of the time. Shad-sized topwater baits or swimbaits fished at the surface have been best when the fish are up, but sardines, lug or blood worms, and other cut baits producing during the rest of the day. Miller Canyon, the dam area, and main channel have been the top spots. Tanner Finn, Rancho Cucamonga, had 10 stripers to four pounds on small swimbaits in Miller, while Sam Tracy, Tahoe, had three fish on swimbaits, also in Miller. The catfish bite came on during the warmer weather this week with the fish moving shallow to feed. Chicken liver and nightcrawlers have been the best bets for the cats with fish to 6 pounds reported. A few largemouth bass are also showing along most shorelines again with both plastic worms and topwater getting a fair 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: Troutfest is this Saturday and Sunday. The Western Outdoor News two-day derby will have the lake crowded this weekend. 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 1 to 2 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: Still fair trout action with the best bite from Norma’s Point to Fisherman’s Point to Rocky Point. Some limits still reported and a few bigger fish. Daneil Sanchez, 8, Redlands had a 3-8 rainbow on garlic PowerBait. Hector Gonzalez, Covina, had a 3-pound rainbow on a pink Mouse Tail. A 1,500-pound plant of Jess Ranch rainbows went in four weeks ago. Light fishing pressure. 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: Jenks Lake, the Santa Ana River, and the South Fork of the Santa Ana River are slated to get DFW trout plants this week.

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