San Bernardino Mountain Waters, Feb. 15 Report

SILVERWOOD: The big news is that the Department of Water Resources have closed the face of the dam to all fishing. The area is now fenced off. Vandalism and dam safety are the reasons given for the closure. The second big news is another 2,000-pound plant of brown trout last Friday (not on the DFW plant list). The fish are showing in decent numbers (along with other holdover trout) in both Cleghorn and Miller canyons with the browns best on small lures and the rainbows best on floating dough baits. Kevin Conn, Hesperia, had four browns to 1-8 on gold and red spoons. The striper bite has been fair in Cleghorn, off the docks, and out near the dam. Most are under three pounds and being caught on nightcrawlers or anchovies. A few crappie have been reported on jigs from the main channel, including a 1-8 caught by Matt Hill, Crestline, on a Lucky Craft lure. Catfish and largemouth both slow. 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. Hereís 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 trout bite has remained pretty fair with some nice quality holdover rainbows up to 5-plus pounds in the catch, in spite of snow flurries early this week. 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. No reports of other species. For updated fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

GREGORY LAKE: The lake was planted with 2,000 pounds of rainbows Jan. 26. No reports. 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. Last trout plant was Oct. 11. No reports on news on opening day yet. 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 still 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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