SILVERWOOD: Fair to good action for both catfish and stripers over the past week, with some good flurries of striper action early and late in the day. The stripers have been best on small pieces of sardines, but some are also showing on blood worms or lug worms. Trollers are also getting fish with umbrella rigs and shad-like swimbaits and lures. The marina docks, the dam, and Miller Canyon have been the best spots. Most of the stripers are from 1 to 3 pounds, but some of the catfish are bigger. Mark Abbott, Crestline, had seven stripers and two catfish fishing sardines at the dam. His best fish was a 13-pound catfish. Jack Miller, Hesperia, had a 10-pound catfish on a lug worms off the marina rocks. Tanner Finn, Rancho Cucamonga, had 10 stripers to two pounds fishing Twin Coves (and he released 25 more). 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 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: Overall pretty decent trout action. 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 4 to 5 feet off the bottom or with a nightcrawler 8 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: Most of the fish are staying near the surface in the upper 6 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). 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.