Fish Report – Freshwater, April 29

SILVERWOOD: Continued good trout action with another DFW plant this week — 30 weeks in a row. The trout are now showing all around the lake on points with good drop-offs and in the backs of shallow coves (especially where water is running in). Inflated nightcrawlers, gold Kastmasters, spinners, and PowerBait are all getting fish. Bill Davis, San Dimas, had a limit of rainbows to three pounds fishing Roostertails in Miller 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. 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. The largemouth bass bite is fair on plastics and nightcrawlers in 10 to 30 feet of water. 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, although the weekend weather was pretty dreary and slowed the bite. The best action has been for trollers working Needlefish or nightcrawlers behind a wedding ring setup. Trout alley has been the hotspot. 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. Quite a few fish to three pounds, including smallmouth and largemouth, on cranks this past week. 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.

GREGORY LAKE: DFW trout plants went in this week and two weeks ago. 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 last week and three 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 this week and three weeks ago. Both the South Fork and the main Santa Ana River were also scheduled to get trout this week, and the last plant was three weeks ago. General Information: Mill Creek Ranger Station at (909) 382-2881.

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

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