Fish Report -Freshwater, April 10 ed

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SILVERWOOD: Continued fair to good trout action (after DFW plants 25 weeks in a row), a skip week, and another 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. There is fair to good striper action on one-pound class fish in Miller and from the shoreline around the marina docks. Javier Macias, San Bernardino, had four stripers averaging about a pound on nightcrawlers in Miller Canyon. Sardines and blood worms are best for smaller fish, with some bigger fish showing on trout-like swimbaits. 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. Nathaniel Taylor, Mojave, had a 5-pound largemouth on a jig at Rocking Chair. A few bluegill showing off the marina docks. No crappie or catfish 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.  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. Bass action improves with each warm day as the fish move up shallow for the spawn. Jofel Yan float-tubed and had several smallmouths to three pounds on jigs and plastics fished at the mouth of the bays. Other species are still very slow. All of the public launch ramps and the five private marinas are now open. The Big Bear Municipal Water District (BBMWD) opened Duane Boyer West Launch Ramp Wednesday this week. 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: Trout plants last week with another slated for this week. The trout bite has improved for both shore and float tube anglers. Most of the action is still in 15 to 25 or 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 this Saturday. 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. DFW plant set for next week. 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: DFW trout plant slated for this week, but 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 and the website, with an in-depth fishing report, is

ARROWBEAR LAKE: DFW trout plant slated for this week. 

JENKS LAKE REGION: First DFW trout plant of the season at Jenks Lake is set for this week. Both the South Fork and the main Santa Ana River are also scheduled to be planted this week. General Information: Mill Creek Ranger Station at (909) 382-2881.

LYTLE CREEK: DFW trout plants this week in the Middle and North forks of Lytle Creek. This is just the second plant of the season. Water is very low.

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