Fish Report-Freshwater, Sept. 9

SILVERWOOD: Good catfish action, especially off the marina dock, but also into Cleghorn and Miller canyons and in the coves adjacent to the dam. The best bite has been on bloodworms and sardines. Jose Martinez, Hesperia, had 15 catfish and stripers on his stringer, topped with a six-pound catfish fishing sardines off the dock. Brian Jones, had a pair of catfish to 5-5 on sardines in Miller, while Kenny Wright, San Jose, had three cats to 3 pounds on sardines off the marina docks. The stripes are also fair to good with the best bite in the coves off the main channel and the open points on drifted lug worms and blood worms. Most are under three pounds. The largemouth bass bite is slow to fair on plastics and nightcrawlers in 10 to 30 feet of water. The bluegill bite is slow to fair, mostly on small baits fished right along the bottom on light line. Trout 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 bite has been fair to good for both trollers and bait anglers fishing from shore or boat. The best bet for trollers has been to fish the south shorelines Trout Alley or near the dam buoy lines with a wedding ring rig in 6 to 10 feet of water. Shore anglers are fishing in the Red House section of the north shore with garlic PowerBait fished with a long leader to keep the bait off the bottom weeds. A few catfish and a lot of bullheads are showing early and late in the day. The topwater bass bite has been spotty with only a few fish showing early. Also some bluegill and crappie showing in the bays or nightcrawler pieces or meal worms, especially in the boulder bay area. Even some catfish and bullhead being landed. All the public launch ramps and the five private marinas are open. 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.

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