San Bernardino Mountain Waters, Aug. 9 Report

SILVERWOOD: Good striper fishing as continued this week with the best action at the inlet and quarry, but most of the fish remain small ñ about a pound each ñ but some bigger. They are showing on sardines, lug worms, and blood worms. Sam Ting, Hesperia, had eight stripers that weighed about 1 pound each fishing anchovies off the dock. A fair to good bite on catfish in most coves, especially in rocky areas, on cut baits, with Cleghorn probably the best spot. Fish to four pounds reported this week. The largemouth bass are fair with a few reports on topwater, cranks, and plastics early and late in the day. Vic DiCesare, Lancaster, landed a 3-pound largemouth in the quarry on a lug worm. The bluegill have been fair with mostly small fish around the marina and in most coves on meal worms, red worms, wax worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces. A reminder: the dam is closed to angler access. 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: The heat is really slowing the fishing, but especially the trout bite. The fish have moved deeper, but some are still showing for trolling working 15-plus feet of water slow-trolling Needlefish and nightcrawlers from Papoose Bay to the buoy line and then east along the North Shore to the old Gray’s Landing. Shore anglers are only getting fish early in the morning from 4:30 to 8 a.m., and weeds are a problem. Best bet is to fish between the old dam (visible now) and the buoy line with a slip bobber rig set for six to 12 feet with a nightcrawler or garlic PowerBait. The bass action is fair on jigs and plastics off Garstin Island, the old ski beach, and Papoose Bay. For information on fishing, call Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

GREGORY LAKE: No report. Lake and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at Fishing updates are posted infrequently on the park’s Facebook page or website.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: No stocking updates. The trout bite has been fair with most anglers getting at least one or two fish averaging one to three pounds. Also some good stringers landed. The website is and the Facebook page is Green Valley Lake Fishing.

JENKS LAKE REGION: Jenks Lake parking lot is open. The lake level low and dropping, and warming water temperatures will prevent any more trout plants this season. A few trout are showing and some there is a good bite on small bass for anglers fishing small topwater lures early and late in the day. The Santa Ana River has not been planted in over a month. 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.

One thought on “San Bernardino Mountain Waters, Aug. 9 Report

  • September 24, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    The best weekly salt and fresh water fishing report I know of is gone. What happened? Will it come back? Please say yes.


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