San Bernardino Mountain Waters, April 20 Report

SILVERWOOD: There were three trout plants last week, none of them on the DFW plant last. More trout are slated to go in this week in the lake and in Miller Canyon Creek, just above the lake. The trout action has been good to excellent around the marina and in both Miller and Cleghorn canyons on small spinners, trout plastics, jigs, and PowerBait. Most of the fish around a pound. Ken Pacheco, San Bernardino, had five rainbows to 1-8 on spinner at the dock. With all the trout plants it was also a week for big stripers. Matt Tomkinson, Oak Hills, landed a 26-pounder on a swimbait, while James Walls, Strathmore, had a 17-pounder. The big fish are best on trout-like swimbaits, while there is a fair to good bite on smaller stripers to four pounds on trolled flies, small swimbaits, or cut baits. There is also a pretty fair largemouth bite on plastics and swimbaits. A few catfish showing, but this bite is mostly slow. 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: All the public marinas are now open. Trout have been good 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. The other news is the good to excellent largemouth bass bite that broke wide open two weeks ago and has continued. Most of the action has been on nightcrawlers, plastic worms, and small reaction baits. The smallmouth are also pretty good. For updated fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

GREGORY LAKE: No report. DFW trout plants this week and last week. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: DFW trout plant this week, but no information available on the GVL fishing program for this year. Information: 909-867-2009 and the website is

JENKS LAKE REGION: Jenks Lake is on the DFW trout plant schedule for this week. The Santa Ana River and the South Fork of the Santa Ana River have not been planted recently.

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