Freshwater Report

SILVERWOOD: The bite has been tough, but the DFW trout plant last week sparked both the action on stripers and rainbow trout. Another DFW plant is set for next week. The stripers have been best on swimbaits resembling trout with some quality fish reported. Best was a 13-pounder landed by Rainer Bernal, Fontana, on a swimbait at the marina. Joel Ruiz, Desert Hot Springs, had an eight-pound trips, also on a swimbait at the marina. The trout have been best around the marina and into both Cleghorn and Miller canyons on small spinners, nightcrawlers, and trout plastics. Catfish are best in Miller and Cleghorn on cut baits. Angel Martinez, Victorville, had three cats to five pounds using shrimp and chicken liver in Cleghorn. 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: Very little fishing pressure. The trout bite remains slow to fair. Best bite in the east end of the lake on PowerBait and small lures. The mouth of Metcalf Bay to Windy Point over to Lagonita are the top spots now. The marinas and public boat launches are all closed. For more information: Big Bear Sporting Goods (909) 866-3222.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: No more plants are scheduled until next year. The lake facilities will reopen the third Friday in May. Information: 909-867-2009 and the website is

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