SILVERWOOD: The first trout plant of the season went in last Tuesday, a stock of 600 pounds of DFW fish. The bite has been fair on the trout around the marina and into both Cleghorn and Miller. The best bite has been on PowerBait, mini jigs, and inflated or fly-lined nightcrawlers. The trout really turned on the bigger stripers. Mario Mejia, Ontario, had a 28-pound striper, while Tanner Finn, Etiwanda, landed a 17-pounder. Both were taken off the marina rocks on swimbaits the day of the trout plant. Smallers stripers continue to show in fair numbers at the dam, in the main channel, and off and around the marina docks. Sardines, blood worms, lug worms, and anchovies are the top baits. The catfish are showing around much of the lake in the coves on cut baits, especially big hunks of sardines. The largemouth bass, bluegill, and crappie have all been slow. 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: The trout action has continued fair to good close to the shorelines all along the north shore. Garlic or salmon egg-flavored PowerBait in red, chartreuse, and rainbow fished on long leaders (five feet) have been the best bet for bait anglers. Best bite still early in the morning with a lot of limits and some quality fish. Fly-lined or slip-bobber nightcrawlers are a good bet near the dam boulders. Trollers are also still getting fish in Trout Alley on Needlefish and Wedding Rings behind two to four colors of lead core. Mike Roney, Big Bear, had a limit of rainbows topped off with a 8-4 rainbow caught at the mouth of Metcalf Bay. Other species slow. The east public ramp is now closed and the west ramp will close Nov. 31. DFW plant two weeks ago. For more fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.
JENKS LAKE REGION: DFW trout plant two weeks ago at Jenks Lake, Santa Ana River, and the South Fork of the Santa Ana River. The Jenks Lake parking area is closed for the season, but anglers may walk into the lake from other parking along the Jenks Lake road.