Fish Report-Freshwater, July 8

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SILVERWOOD: Good action for both catfish and stripers this past week. The stripers have been best on fly-lined cut baits with some of the fish in the four to six-pound class, but most smaller. Sardines, and blood worms (or lug worms) have been the best baits, and morning hours are the best. The catfish are showing on the same baits in the marina area and at the dam, with the better action during the day, oddly enough. Johnny Hwang, West Covina, had a mixed stringer of seven stripers and catfish, topped off by a seven-pound striper, all on sardines off the marina dock. Paul Monroe, Rancho Cucamonga, landed eight stripers on lug worms off the marina docks and his best fish was a three-pounder. The largemouth bass bite is fair on plastics and nightcrawlers in 10 to 30 feet of water. David Stewart, Hesperia, had bass and four and 2.2 pounds fishing drop-shot plastics near the dam. The bluegill bite is also fair, 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 with only a few fish showing in the heat and thunderstorms this past. 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. The catfish and bullhead bites are also finally starting to take off, especially 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. DFW trout plant slated for this week. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: 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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