San Bernardino Mt. Waters, Sept. 9 report

SILVERWOOD: The striper bite has been fair to good but most of the fish are small. The bite has been best at the dam, the main lake points, and around the marina, mostly on sardines or lugworms. Andy and Daniel Bartz, both Lake Arrowhead, had 20 stripers to two pounds fishing nightcrawlers off the docks. Sherry Newman, Phelan, had a five-pound striper and a 10-pound catfish on sardines off the dock. The catfish bite has been fair on the same baits being used for stripers. There have been very few trout and largemouth bass reports. Art Melendez and Maggie Reyes, both Hesperia, had several bass topped off by a four-pounder fishing nightcrawlers and cranks. The bluegill bite has been slow with few 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 has been best for slow trollers (drift speed) in 6 to 14 feet of water with nightcrawlers and micro flashers or drift fishing with a slip bobber. The best area has been from Papoose Bay, to the mooring buoys, to the 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 trout bite came back on this past weekend after a 1,500-pound plant of Jess Ranch rainbows. A lot of four-pound class fish reported. Best was a 4-12 landed by James Monacheo, Temecula, on PowerBait, and his stringer of five weighed 12 pounds. Keanon Alderson, Green Valley Lake, had a 4-8, while Brian Jacobson, Mira Loma, landed a 4-7. Most of the trout reported have been on PowerBait, small jigs with scent fished slowly, or inflated nightcrawlers. 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

JENKS LAKE REGION: DFW trout plants in Jenks Lake two weeks ago, and the Santa Ana River and the South Fork of the Santa Ana River were planted last week.

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