San Bernardino Mountain Waters, Aug. 17 Report

SILVERWOOD: The catfish bite has been very good off the marina dock and in Cleghorn and Miller canyons on cut baits. The bite has been much slower toward the dam. There were over 10 catfish topping 10 pounds reported. Edwardo Gonzalez, San Bernardino, topped off his four-fish sringer with a 12-pounder, all on sardines 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. Even some trout were reported this week as the water started to cool. Largemouth are slow to fair with some topwater early and late and then plastics the rest of the time. No 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 70s, but are finally starting to drop with cooler nights. A few trout are showing for shoreline anglers fishing on the North Shore from Old Grayís 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 this week and two weeks ago. 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

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: The trout bite has been fair and improving as water temperatures cool off with cooler night. The best action has been near the dam on rainbow, peach or corn-flavored PowerBaits or inflated nightcrawlers. Crappie are slow to fair, and a few largemouth bass are still showing. 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

JENKS LAKE REGION: Jenks Lake was planted with DFW rainbows this week and two weeks ago. The forest service parking area is open. The Santa Ana River and the South Fork of the Santa Ana were both planted this week and two weeks ago. 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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