Fish Report – Freshwater, Apr. 10 ed

SILVERWOOD: Continued fair to good trout action (after DFW plants 25 weeks in a row), but no plant this week. The action has been best in Sawpit, all of Cleghorn Canyon, and off the marina rocks on inflated nightcrawlers, gold Kastmasters, and PowerBait. Rene Martanez, Phelan, had five rainbows to two pounds fishing nightcrawlers and PowerBait off the marina rocks. There is fair striper action at the dam and around the marina docks. Best action on the smaller fish to 2 pounds has been on sardines and blood worms, with some bigger fish showing on trout-like swimbaits. Tanner Finn, Rancho Cucamonga, landed a 17-pound striper off the marina rocks on a swimbait. Also some catfish showing for anglers fishing bait for stripers. The largemouth bass bite is picking up daily with a few fish moving shallower for the spawn. Best action has been on plastics and nightcrawlers in 10 to 30 feet of water. Don Montanez, Victorville, landed a 6-pound largemouth fishing nightcrawlers off the marina rocks. No reports of crappie or bluegill this week. 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 to good trout action over the past week with the best bite at the dam, throughout the west end of the lake, and along the north shore. Top action has continued to be on PowerBait, Gulp!, and inflated nightcrawlers fished with a two- to three-foot leader and small treble hook. The best bite has been in the mornings and evenings. Anglers are reminded that all tributaries to the lake are closed to fishing March 1 through May 31 to protect the spawning rainbow trout. The bass bite has started to take off as the fish move shallow for the spawn. Phil Bougie, San Bernardino, landed and released a 6-10 bass, while Tyler Voss, Big Bear, did the same thing with a four-pounder. Other species are still very slow. The Big Bear Municipal Water District (BBMWD) opened The Carol Morrison East Launch Ramp for the 2015 season on April 1, and all five private Big Bear Lake marinas are now open. On May 8, the Duane Boyer West Launch Ramp will open. The BBMWD also planted approximately one million fingerling rainbows on April 1. These fish are expected to be from six to 12 inches long within three months. For more fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at (909) 866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

GREGORY LAKE: Last concessionaire trout plant was March 6, but plants were slated for this Friday and again next Wednesday right before the derby (see below). The trout bite has been slow the past week for both shore and float tube anglers. The few fish reported have come from 25 to 30 feet of water on inflated nightcrawlers or slowly-jigged trout plastics and Mice Tails in brown and red. The monthly concessionaire plants have three orange-tagged trout planted worth cash from $100 to $200 (depending on the type of fishing pass you have). Anglers must pre-register and pay the daily fishing/parking fee. The first of three $50,000 tagged trout events is set for April 11. This event will have 12 tagged trout, with one worth the $50,000 annuity, and the other 11 worth $250 in cash. Entry fee is $25 angler. No DFW plants this season. Small boat (electric motors only), canoe, kayak, and float tube launching is allowed, but all craft must be launched at the marina ramp and checked for quagga mussels. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: No reports. Opening day will be May 15. The lake is open to fishing, but there are no facilities open now and there have been no plants since last year. Information: (909) 867-2009.

ARROWBEAR LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

JENKS LAKE REGION: Jenks Lake is closed for the season. No recent plants in the Santa Ana River or the South Fork. General Information: Mill Creek Ranger Station at (909) 382-2881.

LYTLE CREEK: The first and only DFW trout plants of the year went in four weeks ago in both the middle and north forks. Water is very low.

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