Fish Report-Freshwater, Aug. 19

SILVERWOOD: Fair action for both catfish and stripers again over the past week, with some good flurries of striper action early and late in the day. The stripers have been best on blood worms, lug worms, or frozen sardines for bait anglers, while trollers are getting fish with umbrella rigs and shad-like swimbaits and lures. The points in the main channel, the dam, Miller Canyon, and off the docks have been the best spots. Most are smaller fish under three pounds, but some bigger fish in the mix. So Chan, Rialto, had a 10-pound striper fishing anchovies off the marina docks, while Heidi Mikkelson, Lucerne Valley, landed three stripers to seven pounds on nightcrawlers at the launch ramp. Guide Bob Caffey (TroutOnly Guide Service) and his two clients landed 26 stripers to about three pounds trolling on Tuesday this week. The catfish are showing on sardines and anchovies in most of the coves around the lake with the best bite early and late in the day. Mark Abbott, Crestline, landed five catfish to 4-8 on sardines in Cleghorn. The largemouth bass bite is slow to fair on plastics and nightcrawlers in 10 to 30 feet of water. The bluegill bite is slow to fair, mostly on small baits fished right along the bottom on light line. Trout slow. Anglers should be 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: Surface water temperaters are 70 degrees at the east ramp, but only 66 at the dam from the surface to the bottom. Clarity is a little off due to recent runoff and algae blooms. Most of the trout are stacked up in the west end of the lake. Trollers are fishing eight to 15 feet of water in the morning slow-trolling live nightcrawlers on a bright wedding ring or behind micro flashers. Shore anglers are getting limits at the Red House near the dam and all along the north shore from Gray Landing west. Most of the action has been on PowerBait in garlic and salmon egg flavors fished four to five feet off the bottom or with a nightcrawler eight to 16 feet below a slip bobber. The topwater bass bite has been spotty with only a few fish showing early. Also some bluegill and crappie showing in the bays or nightcrawler pieces or meal worms, especially in the boulder bay area. Even some catfish and bullhead being landed. All the public launch ramps and the five private marinas are open. For more fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.
GREEN VALLEY LAKE: Jess Ranch trout planted last Friday and the bite has been pretty good since. Most of the fish are staying near the surface in the upper six feet of water. The bite has been good on slowly-fished lures and jigs, but some fish are showing on PowerBait with garlic scent added fish in shallow water (eight feet or less). Bill Daw, Lake Forest, had a 3-13 rainbow on green garlic PowerBait. Larry Weikel, San Dimas, landed four trout to 3-7 fishing a Kastmaster at the dam. The crappie bite has been fair to good. Every angler who brings in from 15 to a full limit of 25 crappie will receive a raffle ticket for a Sept. 5 drawing for a $100 Bass Pro gift card. Information: 909-867-2009.

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