SILVERWOOD: Continued fair to good trout action with another DFW plant this week — 31 weeks in a row. The trout are now showing all around the lake on points with good drop-offs and in the backs of shallow coves (especially where water is running in). Inflated nightcrawlers, gold Kastmasters, spinners, and PowerBait are all getting fish, but the rainbows are not concentrated in one area now. There is fair to good striper action on one- to three-pound class fish in Miller and from the shoreline around the marina docks. Stripers are also showing off the dam and in the coves around the dam. Anchovies, sardines and blood or lug worms are best for smaller stripers, with some bigger fish showing on trout-like swimbaits. There are also a lot more catfish showing in the bite, including some better quality fish. Jack Morris, Adelanto, had a pair to cats fishing shrimp and mackerel in Cleghorn. The largemouth bass bite is fair to good on plastics and nightcrawlers in 10 to 30 feet of water. Mark Thompson, Apple Valley, caught and released five bass on plastics in the Sawpit area. 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: Fair trout action this past week, and a DFW plant was slated for this week. The best action has been for trollers working Needlefish or nightcrawlers behind a wedding ring setup. Trout alley has been the hotspot, but the fish are also showing from Boulder Bay and near the dam. The shoreline bite has been best from Windy Point to the dam on the north shore with PowerBait in cheese, salmon egg, and garlic the best. Anglers are reminded that all tributaries to the lake are closed to fishing March 1 through May 31 to protect the spawning rainbow trout. Bass action has been fair to good with fish to three pounds, including smallmouth and largemouth, on cranks this past week. Other species are still very slow. One 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 this week and two 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 this week and two weeks ago. Opening day for the lake facilities will not be until May 15. Private plants will also go in for that opening weekend. Information: (909) 867-2009.
ARROWBEAR LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and last week.
JENKS LAKE REGION: Jenks Lake was planted with DFW trout last week and four weeks ago. The South Fork of the Santa Ana got trout last week and the main Santa Ana River was planted this week and last week. 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.