San Bernardino Mountain Waters, April 27 Report

SILVERWOOD: There have been six plants of rainbow trout in the past two weeks and more are slated to go in this week. (The DFW is going to perform work on the Mojave hatchery and Silverwood is getting surplus fish before the raceways are dewatered for the work.) Limits of rainbow are the norm in Cleghorn and Miller canyons and around the marina. But the rainbows are showing all around the lake. John Hayes, San Bernardino, had a limit of rainbows to 1-8 fishing PowerBait off the marina rocks. Jennifer Morales, Victorville, landed her five on nightcrawlers off the dock. Her best was also a 1-8. Small spinners, trout plastics, jigs, and PowerBait have been the best baits and lures. The stripers have been fair, mostly on swimbaits and lug worms, and the best action has been in the main channel. Fish to five pounds reported this week. There is also a pretty good 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: 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 three 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. All the public marinas are open. 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 plants this week and last week. Private plants will start in mid-May, but no exact date set yet, but Jess Ranch plants could begin as early as the week of May 8. Lake conditions are good with some of the DFW trout and holdover fish showing already. The lake will begin charging fees beginning the weekend of May 6-7 and again the weekend of May 13-14 (but not during the week). The fees those weekends will be reduced to $10 for adults and $5 for kids, seniors, veterans, and active duty military. There will be no charge during the week between those dates. Starting May 15, the lake will begin charging its regular fees of $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 is on the DFW trout plant schedule for this week, and it was planted two weeks ago. The forest service parking area is open. The Santa Ana River and the South Fork of the Santa Ana are also both on the DFW plant list for this week. 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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