San Bernadino Mt. Waters, May 12 report

SILVERWOOD: Trout action remained good this past week after the big DFW plant two weeks ago. The best action has been on small trout plastics, small jigs, or PowerBait in Cleghorn and Miller canyons, through the main channel, and even at the dam. The striper bite improved this week with a lot of fish to four pounds showing on lug worms, blood worms, sardines, or nightcrawlers drifted at the dam, in Miller Canyon, and fished around the marina. Also a lot of fish showing on trolled white flies. Tanner Finn, Rancho Cucamonga, had 10 stripers to four pounds trolling at the dam. The largemouth bass are fair to good with most fish still shallow. Swinbaits and plastics the best bets, but Matt Hills, Lakeside, had five bass to four pounds on lug worms. Catfish improved in recent days with good action in Cleghorn and at the dam, mostly on blood worms, but also on other cut baits. 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. Here’s the direct link to a PDF brochure explaining consumption recommendations: 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: Breezy and cool much of the past week. Those fishing are are seeing fair to good action on the rainbows. Trolling limits have been pretty common with fish to three pounds on Needlefish in Trout Alley between Gilner Point, the Rock Wall, and the Zebra Room. Further west the bite is good from the buoy line to Gray’s Landing. Shore angling is best along the north shore from the dam and at the old Gray’s Landing area. Most of the rainbows are showing on PowerBait in yellow or green with garlic. Fred and Susan Sanchez, Big Bear Lake, had eight rainbows weighing 15 pound total fly-lining nightcrawlers near the dam. The couple has been hammering them every week. A few bass starting to show, but other species are very slow. For updated fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

GREGORY LAKE: No fishing report. DFW trout plant two weeks ago. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: DFW plant three weeks ago. Opening day is May 20 with a big plant of Jess Ranch rainbows going in before the opener. Fee fishing starts May 1. $10 for adults, $5 for children. Information: 909-867-2009 and the website, with an in-depth fishing report, is

JENKS LAKE REGION: First DFW plant of the season went in three weeks ago at Jenks Lake. The Santa Ana River and the South Fork of the Santa Ana River were planted this week and three weeks ago.

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