San Bernadino Mt. Waters, April 7 report

SILVERWOOD: Overall, the bites are improving across the board. Two to 3-pound stripers are showing in fair numbers off the marina dock, at the dam, and the mail lake points on sardines and blood worms. This bite is best early in the morning. Top fish reported was an 18-pounder landed by Tanner Finn, Rancho Cucamonga, on a swimbait at the dam. Tammy Watson, Victorville, had three stripers to three pounds fishing sardines off the marina docks, while Ryan Lee, Anaheim, had nine stripers to three pounds on chicken liver in Miller Canyon. The largemouth bass and catfish are showing in fair numbers mid-day into late afternoon. The bass have been best on jigs and plastics, while the cats are best on cut baits. Craig Marshall, Stockton, had two catfish to nine pounds on liver off the marina docks. Trout have been slow, but a DFW plant this week should perk the bite. The best action has been in Cleghorn and Miller canyons. 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: The lake opened for boating April 1, and the trout trolling is wide open with limits of nice fish to three 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 are seeing a lot of limits reports 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. Carl Sellars, Big Bear, had a 3-2 smallmouth on a crankbait. 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 two weeks ago. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: Facilities should open later this month. Information: 909-867-2009 and the website, with an in-depth fishing report, is

JENKS LAKE REGION: No recent plants at Jenks Lake, Santa Ana River, and the South Fork of the Santa Ana River. The Jenks Lake parking area is closed for the season. 

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