SILVERWOOD: The action has been improving over the past week with a very good catfish bite off the marina docks and in most of the coves around the lake. The action has been best on cut baits. The early morning striper bite has also been pretty good, with the best fish showing then, also on cut baits. Small stripers are showing throughout the day. Josh Yang, San Bernardino, had five stripers and two catfish on chicken liver and anchovies off the marina docks. His best fish was a 10-pound cat. Melvin David, Riverside, landed an eight-pound catfish along with another smaller cat and 15 small stripers (to 2 pounds) fishing sardines in Black Oak. The largemouth bass, bluegill, and crappie have all been slow, but Tony Sandoval, Moreno Valley, landed a 6-pound largemouth at the dam on a drop-shot Robo Worm. 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 rainbow trout action turned on just in time for this past weekend’s October Troutfest Derby. The best bite has been in the west end of the lake where water temperatures are the best. Trolling flashers and a nightcrawler or Needlefish in six to eight feet of water early has been the best, but the fish are down in 16 to 18 feet later in the day. Shore anglers are getting fish off the north shore from the dam to the Red House on garlic and salmon egg-flavored PowerBait in red, chartreuse, and rainbow colors or inflated nightcrawlers. A few bass are showing for anglers fishing topwater frogs or mice or drop-shotting plastics in 20 to 30 feet of water. While the panfish bite has slowed, but small bullheads are still good along most shorelines and around the fishing piers. DFW trout plant last week. For more fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.
GREGORY LAKE: No fishing report. There will be a tagged trout derby Oct. 10 with 10 tagged trout worth a minimum of $250 each. Top tag is a $50,000 annuity. Registration fee is $25. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233.