SILVERWOOD: The striper bite has been excellent with a lot of one to two pounds fish showing on small swimbaits, anchovies, sardines, or blood worms. Miller Canyon has been the best area, but the dam and quarry area, along with the main docks are also good. Jason and Tam No, Monterey Park, had 20 stripers around a pound on lug worms off the dock. The bluegill bite has also turned on in the past two weeks with a lot of fish up to a half-pound or better being caught on meal worms, wax worms, and small jigs showing in 12 to 25 feet of water in all the coves and off the marina docks. The largemouth bass are starting to show in better numbers. While most are small and showing on plastics in six to 20 feet, a few bigger fish are being caught on swimbaits. A few trout are still showing. DFW trout plant next week in the lake, and the DFW planted trout in Miller Canyon Creek just above Silverwood two weeks ago. 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: Trout fishing has been excellent on holdover rainbows and DFW trout were planted each of the past two weeks and more fish are slated for next week. The trout 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 12 to 20 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. Smallmouth bass have moved on and off beds due to chilly weather, but are now setting up in the back of bays for spawning. Crappie and bluegill remain sluggish, but should come on strong as the weather continues to improve. The marinas and public boat launches are all open, and the Jim Hall Memorial Trout Classic will be held May 17-18 (info by calling 909-585-4007). For more fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods 909-866-3222.
GREGORY LAKE: The trout action has been fair to good with DFW trout plants this week and three weeks ago. Lake and fishing information at 909-338-2233.
GREEN VALLEY LAKE: First DFW trout plant this week, but the lake facilities will not reopen until the third Friday in May. Information: 909-867-2009 and the website is www.gvlfishing.com.
ARROWBEAR LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago.
JENKS LAKE REGION: First DFW trout plant of the season scheduled for this week. The Santa Ana River and the South Fork were planted with DFW trout this week and two weeks ago. General Information: Mill Creek Ranger Station at 909-382-2881.
LYTLE CREEK: DFW trout plants in the Middle Fork this week and two weeks ago in main river and Middle Fork.