Fish Report – Freshwater, May 13 ed

SILVERWOOD: The striper bite remains fair to good for anglers fishing at the dam and off the marina docks with lugworms, sardines, or anchovies. Most of the fish are one to two pounds. Jim Martin, Apple Valley, had three stripers to four pounds at the dam on anchovies. Also a fair number of catfish showing in this bite on the same baits. Trout have been fair with most of the fish moving to deeper water. No DFW plants this week after 31 weeks in a row of plants. Inflated nightcrawlers, gold Kastmasters, spinners, and PowerBait are all getting a few fish, but the rainbows are scattered all over the lake. The largemouth bass bite is fair to good on plastics and nightcrawlers in 10 to 30 feet of water. The panfish bite is still tough, but both crappie and bluegill are starting to show. 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: Wildly fluctuating weather (punctuated by several inches of snow) slowed the trout bite over the past week and winds made the water a little off color. Trollers managed to get a few fish from trout alley working two to three colors of leadcore on everything from Needlefish and Thomas Bouyants to Rapalas to nightcrawlers with flashers with rainbows to three pounds reported. Bass also got tougher with most showing on plastics fished drop-shot style. Still no sign of crappie, bluegill, pumpkinseed, or catfish. All the public launch ramps and the five private marinas are now open. The Big Bear Municipal Water District (BBMWD) Duane Boyer West Launch Ramp will open soon (this weekend). For more fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at (909) 866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

GREGORY LAKE: DFW trout plants went in last week and three weeks ago. The trout bite has been fair for both shore and float tube anglers, but the fish are mostly in deeper water on inflated nightcrawlers or slowly-jigged trout plastics and Mice Tails in brown and red. Lake, derby, and fishing information at (909) 338-2233.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago. Opening day for the lake facilities will be this Friday. A 1,000-pound plant of Jess Ranch trout was slated to go in this week. Information: (909) 867-2009.

ARROWBEAR LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and last week.

JENKS LAKE REGION: Jenks Lake was planted with DFW trout two weeks ago. The South Fork of the Santa Ana got trout two weeks ago, while the main Santa Ana River was last planted two and three week ago. General Information: Mill Creek Ranger Station at (909) 382-2881.

LYTLE CREEK: DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago in both the Middle and North forks of Lytle Creek. Water is very low.

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