Fish Report-Freshwater, May 20

SILVERWOOD: The striper bite remains fair to good for anglers fishing at the dam, the main channel, and off the marina docks with lugworms, sardines, or anchovies. Swimbaits are getting a few bigger fish, but most are one to two pounds. Tanner Finn, Rancho Cucamonga, had a nine-pound striper on a swimbait in the channel. There is a fair catfish bite in Cleghorn and around the marina on shrimp and chicken liver. Dan Newman, Phelan, landed a 6-pound cat on chicken liver in Cleghorn. The largemouth bass bite is fair to good 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. No DFW plants this week or last week after 31 weeks in a row of plants. 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: Wild weather has continued to play havoc with the fishing here, and trout remain tough with only a few fish showing for trollers working much of the lake. Very slow trolling seems to be the best bet with most fish showing in six to 12 feet of water (or two to three colors of leadcore)with a flasher and crawler or Needlefish. A few more bass are showing on plastics and reaction baits, and the crappie and bluegill bites are kicking into gear in spite of cool weather, especially off the public fishing piers. Chris Martone, Big Bear Lake, had a pair of 20-ich, 3-pound rainbows off Windy Point on PowerBait. 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.

GREGORY LAKE: DFW trout plants went in two and four weeks ago. The trout bite has been slow to 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: It was snowing for the trout  opener  here this past Friday, but anglers braving the elements had good fishing with a lot of trout into the two-pound range and a few bigger. John Stocker, Yucaipa, had a 3-4 rainbow on a jig on Saturday. The best action has been on orange or green PowerBait or inflated nightcrawlers fished on 20-inch leaders. Orange jigs and silver spoon-style lures were also good. The lake will get another 1,000 pounds of Jess Ranch trout for the holiday weekend. Information: (909) 867-2009.

ARROWBEAR LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and two weeks ago.

JENKS LAKE REGION: Jenks Lake was planted with DFW trout this week and three weeks ago. Both the South Fork and the main Santa Ana River were planted this week and three weeks ago. General Information: Mill Creek Ranger Station at (909) 382-2881.

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

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