Fish Report-Freshwater, July 23

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SILVERWOOD: Fair to good action for both catfish and stripers again over the past week. The stripers have been best on fly-lined anchovies and lug worms off points in the main channel, at the dam, in Miller Canyon, and off the docks. Most are smaller fish under three pounds, but some bigger fish in the mix. Mark and Tyler Abbott, Crestline, had six stripers to two pounds on sardines in the main channel. The catfish are showing on sardine and anchovies in most of the coves around the lake with the best bite early and late in the day. Antonio Hernandez, Phelan, had three catfish to 8 pounds on sardines off the marina docks. The largemouth bass bite is fair on plastics and nightcrawlers in 10 to 30 feet of water. Bill Davis, Hesperia, caught and released four bass to three pounds on nightcrawlers. 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: The trout action has been up and down this past week with the thunderstorms. The best bite is still for anglers trolling in six to 18 feet of water along Trout Alley along the south shoreline and at the dam. The best action has been on Needlefish tipped with a small piece of nightcrawler. Shore anglers fishing garlic PowerBait in chartreuse and rainbow color fished on a four to 5-foot leader are doing best. The long leader keeps the bait above the bottom vegetation and available to the trout. Most anglers are also using the casting floats filled or nearly-filled with water to get a slow sink so the float doesn’t sink too far into the week, reducing snags. DFW trout plant lasts week. The crappie and bluegill bite remain slow with only a few fish showing on meal worms, wax worms, or nightcrawler pieces suspended by bobbers along the shorelines. Catfish are also surprisingly slow, but some bullhead are showing in the evenings. All the public launch ramps and the five private marinas are open. For more fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: The bite has been tough again this past week due to weather. Finesse baits fished on light tackle have been the best bet with the fish in deeper water just beyond the weed lines. The crappie bite has been fair, but the fish are all small. 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.

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