SILVERWOOD: The catfish bite has been very good off the marina dock and in most of the coves on cut baits. David Crowell, Summit Valley, had a three-fish stringer of cats that weighed 16-8, with his best fish a seven-pounds. All were caught off the dock on anchovies. Cody Kelsoe, Fontana, also had a seven-pound catfish. His was also off the dock but on a sardine. Adam Molina, 7, Victorville, landed a five-pound catfish on a nightcrawler off the dock. Also quite a few small stripers showing in this bite. Lug worms are also good for the striper, in addition to the cut baits. Largemouth are slow to fair with some topwater early and late and then plastics the rest of the time. No trout or panfish reports. 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: Surface water temperatures are still in the low to mid-70s. These high temps have the trout in a funk, but a few fish are showing for shoreline anglers fishing on the North Shore from Old Gray’s Landing to the Buoy Line (Red House) near the dam. Dough baits and inflated ëcrawlers fished on a three to four foot leader or a slip-bobber rig in deeper water. Boat anglers are either trolling (sloooowly) with flashers and lures of drifting a nightcrawler on a slip-bobber rig mid-lake the buoy line to Gilner Point at depths of 12 to 25 feet. Early morning is best for shore or boat trout fishing. DFW trout were planted last week. A few catfish are showing on cutbaits with added scent, and the panfish action is finally starting to show, especially in Papoose Bay, but the bite is still iffy. The bite on bullheads is wide open along all shorelines areas. For updated fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.
GREGORY LAKE: No report. No recent DFW trout plants. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at lakegregoryrecreation.com/fish.
GREEN VALLEY LAKE: The trout bite has been fair. Most of the trout are showing in deeper water near the dam and inflated nightcrawlers, salmon eggs, and Power Worms have been the best. Crappie are fair with some nice stringers showing up at the boat house, and a few largemouth bass are also being caught, mostly in the mornings on topwater or plastics. Lake staff is again giving away t-shirts for every trout six pounds or bigger, and there is a crappie raffle at the end of the season for everyone who catches (and keeps) from 15 up to the limit of 25 crappie and checks in at the boat house. Fees are $15 per adult, $10 for kids, seniors, veterans, and active duty military. Information: 909-867-2009 and the website is www.gvlfishing.com.
JENKS LAKE REGION: Jenks Lake was planted with DFW rainbows last week and three weeks ago. The forest service parking area is open. The Santa Ana River and the South Fork of the Santa Ana were both planted last 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.