SILVERWOOD: The striper and catfish action continues pretty good. The stripers have been good at the dam, in the main channel, and off and around the marina docks. Sardines have been the best bait, but lug worms and anchovies are also getting a few fish. Juan Cedno, Moreno Valley, had 10 stripers to 1-8 on sardines. Matthew Hill, Crestline, had five stripers to two pounds on nightcrawlers. Both anglers were fishing off the marina docks. Chicken liver has been the best for catfish and they are showing in most of the coves, at the dam, and off the marina docks. Adrian Acosta, La Verne, landed a two-pound catfish and a pair of stripers on 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 been very good with the cooler weather setting off a good bite. The trout are close to the shorelines with the best bite early in the morning. Top spots have been near the Red House and all along the north shore. Salmon egg-flavored PowerBait in red, chartreuse, and rainbow fished on long leaders (five feet) have been the best bet for bait anglers fishing from shore or boat. Trollers are also working the north shore or trout alley in six to eight feet of water. Lots of limits and a lot of bigger fish planted for the recent Western Outdoor News tournament are being landed. There is also a pretty good bite on bullheads off the fishing pier, Boulder Bay, and all along the north shore on nightcrawlers. Other species slow. DFW trout plants two weeks ago and next week. For more fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.