Fish Report– Sept. 26 ed

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SILVERWOOD: The catfish and stripers have both been good this past week. The stripers are showing on lug worms, anchovies, and a few on swimbaits, around the docks, in Miller Canyon, the main channel, Twin Cove, and at the dam. While most are small (under three pounds), there have been a few bigger fish caught. Tops reported this week was a 7.3-pounder landed by Dave Turner, Lucerne Valley, on a swimbait in Twin Cove. Jeff Riewe, Barstow, had five stripers to two pounds off the docks on anchovies and sardines. The catfish are best on shrimp, mackerel and anchovies off the dock and in Miller and Cleghorn canyons. Kenny Davis, Montclair, had a 9.18-pound cat on chicken liver off the dock. The largemouth action has been fair and getting better on nightcrawlers, Senkos, and plastics. The bluegill bite has almost no pressure so was tough to gauge this week. Also few trout or crappie reports, although the DFW was schedule to plant trout this week. 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. Here’s the direct link to a PDF brochure explaining consumption recommendations: 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: Overall, trout action has still be fair with water temperatures starting to cool and the trout are showing over much of the lake from top to bottom. The key to getting a limit for trollers has been to keep switching up the lures being trolled behind one to three colors of leadcore. The Big Bear Municipal Water District is planning to increase the number of trout reared in the lake cages, and the lake will get a big plant of rainbows, including trophy fish, for the TroutfesT coming up Sept. 27-28. DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Bass fishing remains slow to fair with the bass are holding in deeper water and coming up for buzz and crankbaits early and late in the day and drop-shotted baits after the surface action. Panfish and catfish slow. For more fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods 909-866-3222.

GREGORY LAKE: The First $50,000 San Moritz Trout Derby will be held this Saturday. Entry tickets are $20 per angler, which includes the normal $4 per day fishing fee. There will be a 2,000-pound trout plant, including some trophy fish, that will go in just before the event along with 11 tagged trout worth cash. Anglers can sign up in advance on line or the day of the event at the boat house. Prior to this plant the fishing for trout had been slow, but there has been a fair bite on crappie and bass. There are three new fish-rearing, and fish-holding pens at the boathouse. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: No recent reports. The trout bite had been fair. Every angler who brings in from 15 to a full limit of 25 crappie will receive a raffle ticket for an Aug. 30 drawing for a $100 Bass Pro gift card. Information: 909-867-2009 and the website, with an in-depth fishing report, is

 ARROWBEAR LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

JENKS LAKE REGION: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago at Jenks Lake. The Santa Ana River and the South Fork were also planted with DFW trout this week and two weeks ago. General Information: Mill Creek Ranger Station at 909-382-2881.

LYTLE CREEK: No recent DFW plants.

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