Fish Report-Freshwater, May 27

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SILVERWOOD: The striper bite remains fair to good for anglers fishing at the dam, the main channel, Miller Canyon and off the marina docks with lugworms, sardines, or anchovies. Swimbaits are getting a few bigger fish, but most are 1 to 2 pounds. There is a fair catfish bite in Cleghorn and around the marina on shrimp and chicken liver. The largemouth bass bite is fair to good on plastics and nightcrawlers in 10 to 30 feet of water. Ginger Pacheco, Highland, caught a three-pound bass on a nightcrawler in Cleghorn. Trout have been slow to fair with most of the fish moving to deeper water. No DFW plants the last three weeks after 31 weeks in a row of plants. The panfish bite is still tough, but a few 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: Trout remain slow to fair 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 6 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. Jay Dauz, Big Bear Lake, landed a 6-pound largemouth on a Brush Hog. The crappie and bluegill bites are just starting to take off, and the bullheads are starting to show in decent numbers. All the public launch ramps and the five private marinas are now open. For more fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.
GREEN VALLEY LAKE: The trout action has been excellent over the past week with most of the rainbows showing fairly close to shore during the cooler, overcast weather. The warmer days this week have pushed the fish out to deeper water, but salmon egg and green garlic PowerBait along with inflated nightcrawlers fished on a 24-inch leader have been the best baits. Small trout jigs in chartreuse, orange, and pink have also been good bets. Don Hannah, Green Valley Lake, had the best trout caught so far this season when he landed a 9-4 off the north shore with garlic PowerBait. Scott Wilson, La Verne, had four trout to 4-3 on a silver Kastmaster. There was a 1,000-pound plant of Jess Ranch trout last Thursday and another stock is slated for this week. Information: 909-867-2009.

ARROWBEAR LAKE: DFW trout plants two and three weeks ago.

JENKS LAKE REGION: Jenks Lake was planted with DFW trout last week and four weeks ago. Both the South Fork and the main Santa Ana River were also planted last week and four weeks 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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