Fish Report, May 23 Ed

SILVERWOOD: A lake record for catfish was landed this past Friday when Bill Salvo, Yucaipa, and Richard McIntyre, Fontana, teamed up to land a 28 1/2-pound catfish while fishing off the dock with anchovies. (Anyone with information about a larger catfish should send a note — and photo if available — to odwriter@verizon.net.) Overall, the catfish bite is fair, but the striper action is good and quite a few largemouth bass, bluegill, and trout continue to show. While most of the stripers are small (less than two pounds) a few bigger fish are showing for anglers fishing big swimbaits. The smaller fish are showing off the docks and in many of the coves on sardines. Justin Horne, Appley Valley,landed nine stripers on jerk baits with his best an 18 1/2-pound caught at the buoy line. Kenny Davis, Montclair, had four stripers to 5-8 on sardines off the dock. Top largemouth reported this week was a 6-8 landed by Bill Strand, Adelanto, on a nightcrawler, and the best bite has been on plastics and jerk baits early and late in the day. Trout remain fair after a DFW trout plant last week with the best bite in Cleghorn and Miller canyons and around the dock. The bluegill also remain pretty fair off the dock and in most of the coves on wax worms, crickets, and meal worms. 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. 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 32nd May Trout Classic was won by Jean Sotiros, Fontana, with a 3.92-pound rainbow trout caught on Pautzke’s Fire Bait. Her winning margin of victory was just .04-pound. The rainbow earned Sotiros the $2,000 grand prize, and she became the first women to ever win this event. Overall, the trout bite has been good on holdover rainbows and the trout planted for the Classic and by DFW last week and three weeks ago. The trout are spread over much of the lake. For shore anglers the north shoreline has been the best bet with small lures and floating baits both good bets. The trollers are working the Trout Triangle in the east end of the lake, through the middle of the lake, and at the dam with Needlefish and Thomas Bouyants. Limits are common with a lot of the holdover rainbows hitting the two-pound mark or more. Largemouth bass are very active, holding off points in six to 12 feet of water. Best baits are drop-shotted Robo Worms and skirted crayfish jigs. The bass are also showing along docks all over the lake. Crappie and bluegill are improving. The marinas and public boat launches are all open. For more fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods 909-866-3222.     

GREGORY LAKE: The 2014 Gordon McHenry Kid’s Fishing Derby will be held 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 7. Trophies and prizes will be given to the largest fish in three age categories (seven and under, eight to 12, and 13 to 15 years old) and there will be a trophy for the most crappie (up to the 25 fish limit) caught. The first 50 entries will get a free tackle box and all kids will receive free fishing prizes. Registration will be at the Lake Gregory water slide parking lot. The trout bite has been fair after DFW trout plants last wek and four weeks ago. The Lake Gregory Recreation Company is also stocking trophy trout for the kids derby. Lake and fishing information at 909-338-2233.     

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: The lake “officially” opened for the season this past Friday after both DFW and Jess Ranch rainbows. The bite has been fair to good since the plants with the best fishing location the point by the dam. Calaveras trout are slated to go in this week. Top trout reported was a 7.1-pound rainbow landed by Jim Bon, Green Valley Lake, on a smoke sparkle jig. Barry Stewart, Green Valley Lake, had a 5.5-pounder on a watermelon Thomas Buoyant. Information: 909-867-2009.

ARROWBEAR LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago.     

JENKS LAKE REGION: First DFW trout plant of the season went in two weeks ago. The Santa Ana River and the South Fork were also planted with DFW trout two and four weeks ago. General Information: Mill Creek Ranger Station at 909-382-2881.     

LYTLE CREEK: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. 

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