San Bernadino Mt. Waters, April 28 report

SILVERWOOD: Trout action broke wide open again after the big DFW trout plant last week with most of the fish showing on small jigs and PowerBait in Cleghorn and Miller canyons. Ken Pacheco, San Bernardino, had a limit of trout and one 3-pound striper fishing spinners in Cleghorn. The striper bite slowed down with only a few fish showing on lug worms drifted at the dam, in Miller Canyon, and fished around the marina. Most are two to 3-pounders, and sardines and blood worms are also good baits. The largemouth bass are fair to good with most fish moving shallow for the spawn. Swinbaits and plastics the best bets. Catfish fair, with a few on cut baits off the dock. 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: Windy and cold in recent days. The trout trolling is fair to good with limits of nice fish to 3 pounds common on Needlefish in Trout Alley between Gilner Point, the Rock Wall, and the Zebra Room. Further west the bite is good from the buoy line to Gray’s Landing. Shore anglers are getting limits along the north shore from the dam and at the old Gray’s Landing area. Most of the rainbows are showing on PowerBait in yellow or green with garlic. A few bass starting to show, but other species are very slow. For updated fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

GREGORY LAKE: No fishing report. DFW trout plant last week. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: DFW plant last week. Opening day is May 20 with a big plant of Jess Ranch rainbows going in before the opener. Fee fishing starts May 1. $10 for adults, $5 for children. Information: 909-867-2009 and the website, with an in-depth fishing report, is

JENKS LAKE REGION: First DFW plant of the season went in last week at Jenks Lake, Santa Ana River, and the South Fork of the Santa Ana River. 

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