Fish Report-March 26

SILVERWOOD: The trout action remains very good thanks to DFW trout plants 25 weeks in a row, including this week. The action has been best in Sawpit and all of Cleghorn Canyon on inflated nightcrawlers and gold Kastmasters, but rainbows are showing throughout the lake on a wide variety of baits and lures. Mark Castro, San Diego, had four trout on Mice Tails with his best a two-pounder. There is also a pretty fair striper bite at the dam (for bigger fish on swimbaits) and in Cleghorn, Chemise, and around the marina on cut baits, lug worms, or small swimbaits. Most of the fish are under two pounds. The largemouth bass bite is picking up daily with a few fish moving shallower for the coming spawn. Best action has been on plastics and nightcrawlers in 10 to 30 feet of water. Kimberley Garcia, Placentia, had a four-pound bass on a nightcrawlers. No reports of crappie or bluegill this week, but Rene St. Clair, Riverside, had a three-pound catfish on chicken liver. 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 to good trout action over the past week with the best bite along the north shore throughout the west end of the lake. Top action has continued to be on PowerBait, Gulp!, and nightcrawlers fished with a two- to three-foot leader and small treble hook. The best bite has been in the mornings and evenings. Anglers are reminded that all tributaries to the lake are closed to fishing March 1 through May 31 to protect the spawning rainbow trout. Other species are very slow. For more fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at (909) 866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

GREGORY LAKE: Last concessionaire trout plant was March 6 and the next plant is set for April 3. The trout bite has been fair, especially for float tubers. Most of the action is in 25 to 30 feet of water on inflated nightcrawlers or slowly-jigged trout plastics and Mice Tails in brown and red. The concessionaire plants have three orange-tagged trout planted worth cash from $100 to $200 (depending on the type of fishing pass you have).  Anglers must pre-register and pay the daily fishing/parking fee. The first of three $50,000 tagged trout events is set for April 11. The event will have 12 tagged trout, with one worth the $50,000 annuity, and the other 11 worth $250 in cash. Entry fee is $25 angler. Small boat (electric motors only), canoe, kayak, and float tube launching is allowed, but all craft must be launched at the marina ramp and checked for quagga mussels. Lake, derby, and fishing information at (909) 338-2233 or on the website at

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: No reports. Opening day will be May 15. The lake is open to fishing, but there are no facilities open now and there have been no plants since last year. Information: (909) 867-2009 and the website, with an in-depth fishing report, is

ARROWBEAR LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

JENKS LAKE REGION: Jenks Lake is closed for the season. No recent plants in the Santa Ana River or the South Fork. General Information: Mill Creek Ranger Station at (909) 382-2881.

LYTLE CREEK: The first and only DFW trout plants of the year went in four weeks ago in both the middle and north forks. Water is very low.

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