San Bernardino Mountain Waters, June 22 Report

SILVERWOOD: The trout and striper bites surged over the past week, with good bites on both, mostly in Cleghorn Canyon. The stripers have been best on lug worms and frozen sardines, while the trout have been best on PowerBait, small jigs, and trout plastics. They need to be fished about two to four feet off the bottom. Trolling early in the day with Kastmasters or nightcrawlers and flashers in Miller Canyon is also a good bet. Top striper reported was a seven-pounder landed by Chris Jones, Oak Hills on a sardine in Cleghorn. Angelo Martinez, San Bernardino, had a four-pounder on a lug worm off the dock. Largemouthg are fair with some topwater early and late and then plastics the rest of the time. Top largemouth was a 6-8 landed by Marty Aguilar, Upland, on a Senko in Twin Cove. The catfish slowed to fair, but are still showing on sardines and chicken liver in Cleghorn, Miller, and at the dam. is the best bet. No panfish reports. 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: The trout action has stayed good. Lots of holdover plants from recent tournaments are showing, and the DFW planted again this week and two weeks ago. Lots of nice one- to two-pound rainbows. Trollers are getting the most fish at the mid-lake and north shore spots slow-trolling Needlefish or flashers with nightcrawlers. Shore anglers fishing along the North Shore are also still scoring. The best tactic has been to use garlic and salmon egg-flavored PowerBaits. Weed growth is requiring longer leaders. Kevin Cooney and Daniel White, both Santa Ana, had seven rainbows to two pounds. The largemouth bass bite has been fair on nightcrawlers, plastic worms, and small reaction baits. The smallmouth are also pretty fair, mostly on reaction baits. The carp bowfishing season is in full swing, with a lot of big carp in the shallows. 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 three weeks ago for the weekend derby. The bite has slowed way down this week with the heat. A few fish small jigs and PowerBait, especially at the baseball field shoreline, early in the morning. No recent DFW trout plants. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: Overall slow trout action, but a few trout are showing from the deeper water at the dam, including one at five pounds.
Inflated nightcrawlers, salmon eggs, and Power Worms have been the best. Crappie are fair with some nice stringers showing up at the boat house. 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. Fees are $15 per adult, $10 for kids, seniors, veterans, and active duty military. Information: 909-867-2009 and the website is

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, and the South Fork of the Santa Ana is also getting trout this week (first time in over a month). 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.

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