Fish Report-Freshwater, April 22

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SILVERWOOD: Continued good trout action with another DFW plant this week — 29 weeks in a row. The action has been best in Sawpit, all of Cleghorn Canyon, and off the marina rocks on inflated nightcrawlers, gold Kastmasters, spinners, and PowerBait. There is fair to good striper action on 1- to 3-pound class fish in Miller and from the shoreline around the marina docks. Stripers are also showing off the dam and in the coves around the dam. Anchovies, sardines and blood or lug worms are best for smaller stripers, with some bigger fish showing on trout-like swimbaits. There are also a lot more catfish showing in the bite, including some better quality fish. William Cramsey, Apple Valley, had a mixed stringer of catfish and stripers on nightcrawlers in Cleghorn with cats to six pounds. The largemouth bass bite is fair on plastics and nightcrawlers in 10 to 30 feet of water. Tanner Finn, Rancho Cucamonga, had five largemouths and four stripers on jerkbaits at the dam. 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. 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 trout action this past week. Best bite for trollers has been on Needlefish or nightcrawlers behind a wedding ring setup fished early in the morning in Trout alley on the south shoreline. The shoreline bite has been best from Windy Point to the dam on the north shore with PowerBait in cheese, salmon egg, and garlic the best. Anglers are reminded that all tributaries to the lake are closed to fishing March 1 through May 31 to protect the spawning rainbow trout. Bass action improves with each warm day as the fish move up shallow for the spawn. Other species are still very slow. One public launch ramps and the five private marinas are now open. The Big Bear Municipal Water District (BBMWD) Duane Boyer West Launch Ramp will open in early May. For more fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at (909) 866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

GREGORY LAKE: Trout plants went in last week and the lake is on the list again for next week. The trout bite has been fair for both shore and float tube anglers, but the fish are mostly in deeper water on inflated nightcrawlers or slowly-jigged trout plastics and Mice Tails in brown and red. Lake, derby, and fishing information at (909) 338-2233.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Opening day for the lake facilities will not be until May 15. Private plants will also go in for that opening weekend. Information: (909) 867-2009.

ARROWBEAR LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. 

JENKS LAKE REGION: Jenks Lake was planted with DFW trout two weeks ago and it is on the list for next week. Both the South Fork and the main Santa Ana River were planted two weeks ago and they are both on the list again next week. General Information: Mill Creek Ranger Station at 909-382-2881.

LYTLE CREEK: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago in both the Middle and North forks of Lytle Creek. Water is very low.

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