SILVERWOOD: The waters levels have been yo-yoing up and down this week and this has made for a little tougher fishing. The striper and catfish bites have stayed pretty fair, and while the trout bite has slowed for shore anglers, the troll bite is pretty good as the fish move deeper. The stripers are best on lugworms, sardines, and nightcrawlers in Cleghorn, with quite a few catfish showing on these same baits. Josh Roberts, Riverside, had a 10-pound catfish on a nightcrawler in Cleghorn. The largemouth bite is fair on plastics and swimbaits, with some on topwater now. Anglers should be aware of health advisories 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: Busy holiday weekend, but the trout action has stayed fair to good with big fish planted for the May Trout Classic still showing. The bite has been best along the North Shore, between old Gray’s Landing and the buoy line. The best tactic has been to use garlic and salmon egg-flavored PowerBaits on a short Carolina Rig, but trollers are also getting fish along the north shore. Scott Lopez, Running Springs, had rainbows at 7.19 and 2.81 pounds, the bigger on one a gold Kastmaster and the other on a fly-lined nightcralwer, and both on two-pound test. The good largemouth bass bite has been fair on nightcrawlers, plastic worms, and small reaction baits. The smallmouth are also pretty good. The carp bowfishing season is in full swing, with a lot of big carp moving into the shallows and sunning. The 14th Annual Carp Round Up at Big Bear Lake will be June 17-18. This is a bowfishing event sponsored by the Big Bear Municipal Water District. For updated fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.
GREGORY LAKE: There was a 5,000-pound plant of Jess Ranch trout last week for the weekend derby. The bite has been very good on small jigs and PowerBait, especially at the baseball field shoreline. No recent DFW trout plants. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at lakegregoryrecreation.com/fish.
GREEN VALLEY LAKE: The trout action has been hampered by winds that last few days, but overall the action is pretty fair with the best bite on corn-flavored PowerBait. Top fish over the weekend was a 2-10. There is good action on crappie and pumpkinseed, with the fish massing in big schools. The crappie have been bigger this year with fish to one pound reported. Lake staff is again giving away t-shirts for every trout six pounds or bigger, and there is a crappie raffle at the end of the season for everyone who catches (and keeps) from 15 up to the limit of 25 crappie and checks in at the boat house. The lake is now charging its regular fees of $15 per adult, $10 for kids, seniors, veterans, and active duty military. Information: 909-867-2009 and the website is www.gvlfishing.com.
JENKS LAKE REGION: Jenks Lake was planted with DFW rainbows this week and two weeks ago. The forest service parking area is open. The Santa Ana River was also planted this week and two weeks ago, but the most recent plant on the South Fork of the Santa Ana was four weeks ago. For information, call the Mill Creek Visitor Center Tuesday through Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday) at 909-382-2882 or the San Bernardino National Forest main office line at 909-382-2600.