Fish Report- Freshwater, April 16 ed

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SILVERWOOD: Continued fair to good trout action with another DFW plant this week. (That is 28 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. Five-trout limits with fish to a pound were posted by Chad Austin, Victorville, and James Weeks, Corona. Both were fishing spinners in Millers Canyon. 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. James Farquhar and a fishing buddy have had good success a night near the dam on stripers to five pounds, and catfish to eight pounds on anchovies. Anchovies, sardines and blood worms are best for smaller stripers, with some bigger fish showing on trout-like swimbaits. The largemouth bass bite is fair on on plastics and nightcrawlers in 10 to 30 feet of water. The bluegill bite came on pretty good this week for anglers fishing on the marina docks with meal worms and wax worms. No crappie 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 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 week before for the tagged trout derby this past weekend. DFW trout were going in this week. The trout bite has improved 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 or on the website at

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and next week. 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 plants last week and next week. 

JENKS LAKE REGION: First DFW trout plant of the season went in a Jenks Lake last week, and another plant is set for next week. Both the South Fork and the main Santa Ana River were planted last week and are on the list again next week. General Information: Mill Creek Ranger Station at (909) 382-2881.

LYTLE CREEK: DFW trout plants last week and next week in the Middle and North forks of Lytle Creek. Water is very low.

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