SILVERWOOD: The warm weather has kicked off the catfish bite with a lot of fish showing in most coves and off the marina docks in a good bite. Most of the cut baits are working — anchovies, mackerel, and shrimp have all been good. While most of the catfish are two to three pounds, there have been some bigger fish reported. Tyler and Mark Abbott, both Crestline, had a mixed stringer of six stripers and catfish with the best fish a seven-pound cat caught on fresh sardines in the main channel. William Cramsey, Apple Valley, had an eight-fish mixed stringer of catfish and stripers with fish to three pounds fishing nightcrawlers from shore.
The striper bite remains fair to good for anglers fishing at the marina docks and at the dam, the main channel, and in Miller Canyon. The hot baits have been lugworms or pieces of sardines or anchovies fly-lined down to the fish. Most of the stripers are under three pounds, but a few bigger fish are showing on swimbaits. The best bite has been for boat anglers fishing deeper water. The largemouth bass bite is fair on plastics and nightcrawlers in 10 to 30 feet of water. Trout have been slow to fair with most of the fish moving to deeper water. The panfish bite also turned on with the hot weather and the bluegill bite is pretty good around shoreline structure is four to 10 feet of water on small baits and jigs. 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: Very consistent trout action with a pretty good bite for the trollers working Trout Alley along the south shore with two to three colors of leadcore and the usual array of Needlefish, Thomas Bouyants, Kastmaters, Rapala-like lures, or flashers and nightcrawlers. Shore angling is a little tougher with the best bite early in the day on floating baits, inflated nightcrawlers, or small jigs. The bass are fair to good on drop-shot plastics or shallow-diving crankbaits. Crappie and bluegill are starting to show in most of the coves and bays on meal worms or small 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.
GREGORY LAKE: Private plant scheduled for last week and DFW trout were planted two weeks ago. No report. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233.
GREEN VALLEY LAKE: Fair to good trout action with a lot of pan-sized rainbows showing up on brighter-colored baits fished in deeper water. Robert Information: 909-867-2009.
ARROWBEAR LAKE: DFW trout plant two weeks ago.
JENKS LAKE REGION: Jenks Lake is currently closed due to the Lake Fire burning in the San Bernardino Mountains. Access to both the South Fork and the main Santa Ana River is also currently closed. All three waters were supposed to be planted last week, but may not have received fish because of the fire. Highway 38 could open for the weekend, but may not. Anglers should check with the Mill Creek Ranger Station at 909-382-2881 before heading up the mountain.
LYTLE CREEK: DFW trout plant three weeks ago in both the Middle and North forks of Lytle Creek. Plants originally scheduled for last week were cancelled. Water is very low.