SILVERWOOD: Good action for both catfish and stripers this past week. The stripers have been best on fly-lined cut baits with a lot of the fish in the 4 to 6-pound class. Sardines, and blood worms (or lug worms) have been the best baits. The catfish are showing on the same baits in the marina area and at the dam. The best action for both has been early and late in the day or for night anglers. Cody Sprankle and Randall Taylor, both Apple Valley, had four stripers and a catfish and the top striper was an 8-11, all on anchovies. Michael Guzman, Long Beach, had four stripers and catfish on sardines, topped off with an 8-3 striper at the dam. Tyler Abott, Crestline, had a pair of catfish off the docks that weighed 8-8 and 5-8. John Wang and David Fu, both San Diego, caught 15 stripers to three pounds off the dock on anchovies. Dawn, Marty, and Karina Davis, all Garden Grove, landed 30 stripers to two pounds at the dam on sardines, while Tyler and Mark Abbott, Crestline, had 20 stripers to 1-8 on sardines and blood worms off the dock. The largemouth bass bite is fair on plastics and nightcrawlers in 10 to 30 feet of water. The bluegill bite is also fair to good, mostly on small baits fished under a bobber or fly-lined around structure. 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: The trout bite has been slow but stead over the past week. Trollers working Trout Alley along the south shore with two to three colors of leadcore dragging Needlefish, Thomas Bouyants, KastMasters, Rapalas, or flashers and nightcrawlers were getting a few rainbows. The bass bite has been fair on drop-shot plastics or shallow-diving cranks baits. More and more crappie and bluegill are showing in the coves, mostly on meal worms or small crappie jigs fished under a bobber. 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: Overall slow fishing this past week but a couple of quality fish were reported by anglers fishing live bait (nightcrawlers or meal worms). Andy Lozano, West Covina, had a 4-12 rainbow. The lake will get a load of Jess Ranch for the holiday weekend. Crappie are starting to show in good numbers. The crappie raffle is back for 2015. 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 and the website, with an in-depth fishing report, is www.gvlfishing.com.