San Bernardino Mountain Waters 3/16/2012

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SILVERWOOD: The trout and crappie bites have both been very good over the past week. There was a 1,800-pound DFG plant March 9, and the fish are showing in good numbers around the marina and into both Cleghorn and Miller canyons. Holdover fish have spread through much of the lake, so trout can be caught in most coves, especially Chemise and along the dam. The best bite has been on floating baits, small spinners, trout jigs and trout plastics. Some holdover fishing topping two pounds are showing. David Perez, Hesperia, had a limit of five trout topped off by a 2-pounder, and a 2-pound rainbow was the best fish on a six-fish stringer reported by Mike Krantz and Casey Bogdan, both Hesperia. The crappie bite off the marina docks has been very consistent for anglers fishing small jigs. The fish are averaging a half- to three-quarter pounds, but fish up to 1-8 are showing in this bite. Robert Ross, Moreno Valley, landed 18 crappie to three-quarter pound, while Carl Jackson, Victorville, landed 15 crappie to 1-8. Jim Stevens, Victorville, had 12 slabs to 1 pound, and Mark Philistine, Hesperia, had 10 crappie up to 1 pound. The striper action is fair to good, with some of the bigger fish chasing trout right after the plants. For the fish over 5 or 6 pounds, the bigger trout-like swimbaits, jerkbaits and cranks are the best bet, when fished around the marina and mid-lake. Smaller striper also coming in on cut baits near the dam. Jim Jones, Hesperia, had five stripers for a total weight of 34 pounds. He was fishing jerkbaits at the dam and mid-lake, and his top fish was 7-8. Noah Fidler, Apple Valley, landed a 2-pound striper on a nightcrawler off the dam. The largemouth action is picking up, but most of the fish are still deep and showing on jigs and plastics off the points or around the marina. No reports on catfish or bluegill this week. Dock fishing is allowed for $3 for adults, $2 for kids and seniors. The park is closed on Wednesday and Thursday each week through this month (walk-in fishing still allowed). Hours are 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: marina (760) 389-2299, state park (760) 389-2281, Silverwood Country store (760) 389-2423.

BIG BEAR LAKE: The trout bite has continued good. The best action has still been at the extreme ends of the lake — Stanfield Cutoff and the dam. The best bite is in 12 to 25 feet of water with floating baits, mostly Power Bait and Gulp!, fished on a three-foot leader. Top flavors/colors have been garlic chartreuse, rainbow salmon egg, and chunky cheese garlic. All the marinas are still closed. For fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods (909) 866-3222.

GREGORY LAKE: No recent DFG plants. No reports. For more information, call the Lake Gregory boathouse at (909) 338-2233.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: No report. Recorded information: (909) 867-2009 and the new website is

ARROWBEAR LAKE: No recent DFG plants.

JENKS LAKE REGION: Parking area closed, but anglers walking in continued to have fair action on holdover trout, especially on small tube jigs. No DFG plants in over a month. No recent plants in the Santa Ana River or the South Fork. Jenks Lake: (909) 747-5098. General Information: Mill Creek Ranger Station at (909) 382-2881.




CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: Good action on the planted rainbows with many of the fish in the two to three-pound. County fish are planted each week and the DFG also planted trout this week and two weeks ago. Most trout are being reported on floating dough baits in rainbow and chartreuse with garlic. Inflated nightcrawlers with garlic are also a good bet and some fish are showing on the small trout jigs and plastics. Information: (909) 481-4205.

PRADO: The trout fishing was good this past week with the best bite on PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, small trout worms and small trout jigs. County trout plants are each week and the DFG planted this week and two weeks ago. Small boats (non-inflatable with a hard bottom) under 16 feet with electric motors are allowed. Information: (909) 597-4260.

YUCAIPA: Good trout action with county trout plants each week and DFG trout were planted last week. The best action has been on the small trout jigs and trout plastics, but the usual array of floating dough baits is also taking a lot of fish. Lake information: (909) 790-3127.

GLEN HELEN: Good trout action this past week. The county plants are weekly, and there were DFG trout plants last week and three weeks ago. PowerBaits, inflated nightcrawlers, and small trout jigs and plastics have all be scoring fish. The last event in the San Bernardino County Park trout derby series will be held here April 14. Information: (909) 887-7540.

MOUNT BALDY TROUT POOLS: The heavily stocked pools are open every Saturday and Sunday. No fishing license is needed. Information: (909) 982-4246.

SECCOMBE LAKE: DFG trout plants last week and three weeks ago. Few reports. Information: (909) 384-5233.

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