San Bernardino Mountain Waters, Aug. 3 Report

SILVERWOOD: Bluestone treatment two weeks ago, but the catfish, striper, and largemouth bass bite have all been fair. Stripers and catfish are best in Cleghorn on sardines, lug worms, and even nightcrawlers. The dam and around the marina dock and rocks are also OK for stripers. Tim Channing, San Bernardino, had four stripers to three pounds fishing sardines off the dock. The catfish are also showing in Miller and Cleghorn canyons and most of the coves on both sides of the dam. Jeff Williams, Hesperia, had a six-pound catfish on a nightcrawler off the dock. Trout are slow with warm surface water temperatures. Largemouth are slow to fair with some topwater early and late and then plastics the rest of the time. Ronald Wagner, Upland, landed a 28-pound carp off the dock on a nightcrawler. 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 72 degrees at the west end near the dam and 75 degrees at Juniper Point. 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 ‘crawlers 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. 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 with thunderstorms disrupting the fishing this week. Most of the trout are showing in deeper water near the dam and inflated nightcrawlers, salmon eggs, and Power Worms have been the best. Blake King, San Bernardino, landed an eight-pound rainbow on a small jig in the cove. 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

JENKS LAKE REGION: Jenks Lake was planted with DFW rainbows two and four weeks ago. The forest service parking area is open. The Santa Ana River was also planted two and four weeks ago, but the South Fork of the Santa Ana has not been planted recently. 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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