San Bernardino Mountain Waters, April 24

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SILVERWOOD: Good action on striped bass with the best action at the dam and in Miller Canyon on swimbaits, anchovies, or lug worms. The bigger stripers are coming on the trout-like swimbaits. Alex Gutierrez, Victorville, landed a 16-8 striper on a swimbait and he also had a limit of rainbow trout on orange Power Worms. Jeff Walker, Torrance, landed a 15-pound striper on a swimbait. The trout action has been good in Miller Canyon and around the marina after the DFW plant April 14. Cesar Roderiguez, Rialto, had five trout to two pounds on worms and five stripers to four pounds on swimbaits, all from Miller Canyon. The largemouth bass are starting to show in better numbers. While most are small and showing on plastics in six to 20 feet, a few bigger fish are being caught on swimbaits. No reports on crappie this week. The DFW is planting trout in Miller Canyon Creek just above Silverwood. Anglers should be aware of health warnings for the consumption of fish from this lake because of high PCB and mercury levels in the fish flesh and skin.  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:
Trout fishing was up and down this past week, but the bite has been picking up since the weather has calmed down. The best action has been when a breeze has rippled the water, with most of the fish from one to two pounds. For trollers working four colors of leadcore with a variety of lures in different colors has been the ticket in the trout triangle. Needlefish, Thomas Buoyants, and Dick Nite spoons are still the best. Shore anglers are having their best luck all along the north shore on inflated nightcrawlers and dough baits. The bass action has been steadily improving, and Scott Eberhard, Big Bear City, reported a 6.35-pound lake-record largemouth he caught April 6. The fish breaks the previous 5.9-pound record caught in 2008. The record bass was released. The marinas and public boat launches are all open, and the Jim Hall Memorial Trout Classic will be held May 17-18 (info by calling 909-585-4007). For more fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods 909-866-3222.     

GREGORY LAKE: The trout action has been fair to good after the DFW trout plant last week. Lake and fishing information at 909-338-2233.     

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: No plants are scheduled until later this year. The lake facilities will reopen the third Friday in May. Information: 909-867-2009.  

ARROWBEAR LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season this week.     

JENKS LAKE REGION: No reports from Jenks Lake, but it should be opening soon. Check with USFS. The Santa Ana River and the South Fork were planted with trout by the DFW this week and two weeks ago. General Information: Mill Creek Ranger Station at 909-382-2881.     

LYTLE CREEK: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. 

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