Fish Report-Freshwater, Dec. 31

SILVERWOOD: Mostly slow action with cold temperatures and winds. A few fish showing from deeper water. Catfish and stripers are best on cut baits, while trout are showing on inflated nightcrawlers doused with garlic oil. Most recent DFW plant was two weeks ago. Top striper reported was a 14-pounder caught by Kevin Deemer, Hemet, on a trolled white fly in Cleghorn. Matthew Hillard, San Bernardino, landed a three-pound striper on a sardine in Cleghorn. Top catfish was a six-pounder landed on chicken liver by Paul Fields, Corona, off the marina docks. Other species are very 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: Little fishing pressure this past week with cold temperatures, and the lake has been covered in sheet ice most days this week. Open water does start showing near the aerator on the north shore  (red house area) and old Gray’s Landing by noon. The trout fishing remains good good there for anglers, but the water is cold requiring mixing Zeke’s with PowerBait to keep it softer and floating higher and then adding garlic oil to leave a better scent trail. This bait is best fished on a three to four-foot leaders to keep the bait out of the bottom vegetation. Lots of fat pan-sized fish showing and some to two pounds or better. Limits not uncommon for anglers braving the cold. All the boat ramps are now closed. For more fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

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, but anglers may walk into the lake from other parking along the Jenks Lake road. 

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