SILVERWOOD: The trout bite has been excellent thanks to 2,000-pound DFW trout plants last week, the week before, and four weeks ago. The hot bite has been especially around the marina and into both Cleghorn and Miller canyons. PowerBait, Mice Tails, and small jigs have all been good.
Carlos Avila, Riverside, had five brown trout to two pounds fishing mini jigs tipped with meal worms in Cleghorn. The striper bite has been fair with most of the fish crusing the shoreline, including some bigger fish chasing trout. Joel Ruiz, Palm Springs, caught a 17-pounder in Miller Canyon on a swimbait. There are quite a few bluegill and a few crappie showing off the marina docks on small jigs or meal worms. Wayne Filkosky and Ricky Conn, both Victorville, had a stringer of 15 bluegill and one crappie fishing meal worms off the dock. The largemouth bass are also starting to show, but most are still in 6 to 20 feet of water and showing on plastics, but they are moving up into the spawn rapidly with some on beds this week. A reminder: the dam is closed to angler access. 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: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pdf_zip/081013KioskadvySilverwood.pdf. 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: Cool, breezy weather this week, but the trout fishing is very good and the boat ramps are open again. The trout bite has been best along the north shore from Windy Point to Old Grayís Landing for shore anglers using floating dough baits on 18- to 24-inch leaders. Fish to 4 pounds have been reported this past week. The trolling action has been very good along the south shore in Trout Alley and the from the west boat launch to the buoy line along the north shore. The water is still cold so slow trolling with one to three colors of lead core dragging Thomas Buoyants and Rapalas has been the ticket. A few bass are starting to show on swim baits at Garstin Island, but this is still tough. No catfish or panfish reports, yet. For updated fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.
GREGORY LAKE: No reports. Trout Derby coming Memorial Day weekend. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at lakegregoryrecreation.com/fish. Fishing updates are posted infrequently on the park’s Facebook page or website.
GREEN VALLEY LAKE: The boat rentals and the restrooms are currently closed, but “opening day” will be May 1 for fishing and boat rentals. The beach is tentatively slated to open Memorial Day weekend, depending on weather and water conditions. There will be more trout stockings this season. The website is www.gvlfishing.com and the Facebook page is Green Valley Lake Fishing.
JENKS LAKE REGION: Jenks Lake parking lot opened for the season last Friday. No fishing reports and no DFW trout plants yet. The Santa Ana River and the South Fork of the Santa Ana also have not been planted recently. 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.