SILVERWOOD: Before this latest round of storms, the striper bite was picking up on trolled lures and flies in 30 to 60 feet of water, especially near the dam, the inlet, and Cleghorn Cove. David Wright, Crestline, had four stripers to six pounds on white and gray flies trolled in Cleghorn. The trout bite was also pretty good with the action decent in most coves with water running into the lake. Justin Snider, Hesperia, had three trout to three pounds on Power Worms in Cleghorn, while Janet Camden, Apple Valley, had a pair to rainbows to two pounds off the marina rocks on PowerBait. DFW plants this week and three weeks ago. 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 snow since Monday. The lake has been covered in sheet ice most days this week making fishing problematic. Before the latest storms, there was open water showing at the aerator on the north shore (red house area) and old Gray’s Landing by noon. The trout fishing was still good there for hardy 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.