San Bernardino Mountain Waters, Dec. 28

SILVERWOOD: Very light fishing pressure and generally slow fishing. A few small stripers are showing at the dam and Twin Cove areas, but a few are being caught around the marina. Most are hitting on sardines, blood worms, or glow nightcrawlers. None bigger than two pounds reported this past week. There have also been a few bluegill caught in deeper water off the marina rocks and in Twin Cove. Tom Watson, Apple Valley, landed a half-pound bluegill on a small jig in Twin Cove. Largemouth bass have been very slow, but a few on plastics fished in 20-plus feet of water. Slow other species, and there have been no DFW plants since Oct. 24. 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 cold weather has actually improved the trout bite with fair to good action for shoreline anglers fishing early morning and evening. The top areas are along the north shore from Windy Point to the dam, and from Lagonita Point to Fisher Road on the south shoreline. There has also been very consistent action at Juniper Point. The best bite has been on PowerBait in garlic, corn, and salmon egg flavors fished on the bottom with on 12 to 24-inch leader on a slip-sinker rig and light line. The water clarity is excellent, so the light line helps. Rachel Diaz, West Covina, landed a 4-8 rainbow on a small white jigs off the north shore. Mike Nazarian, Pasadena, had a limit of five rainbows to 4-2 on salmon egg-flavored PowerBait. John Vogel, Big Bear Lake, landed a limit of trout averaging about a pound, but his top fish was a 5-4 rainbow caught on spring green PowerBait off the south shore. There have also been a few smallmouth landed on drop-shot plastics near the buoy line at the west end of the lake, but this bite is tough. Other species are very slow. For updated fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

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

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: The boat rentals and the restrooms are closed for the season. Last trout plant was Oct. 11. No reports. The website is and the Facebook page is Green Valley Lake Fishing.

JENKS LAKE REGION: Jenks Lake has not been planted in over a month, and the parking lot is now closed. The Santa Ana River and the South Fork of the Santa Ana also have 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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