San Bernardino Mountain Waters, Feb. 8 Report

SILVERWOOD: The striper bite has been fair to good with a decent number of fish showing off the docks, in Cleghorn, and out near the dam. Most are under three pounds and being caught on nightcrawlers or anchovies, but some are bigger. In fact, a 36-pounder was landed and released on a swimbait by Cameron Payan, Victorville, in Cleghorn. Nathan Raner, Apple Valley, landed a three-pound striper off the dock on an anchovy, while Mark Crase, Barstow, had eight stripers to 1-8 on nightcrawlers off the dock. Slow action on other species with only a few largemouth bass and catfish reported. The DFW has planted brown trout twice in late December and early January, but no plants since. The browns have been tough to catch with a few showing in the Cleghorn area, mostly on inflated nightcrawlers or small lures. A few rainbow trout continue to show on PowerBait and inflated nightcrawlers. No largemouth bluegill or crappie reported. 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 trout bite has remained pretty fair with some nice quality holdover rainbows up to five-plus pounds in the catch. 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 lakegregoryrecreation.com/fish. 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 www.gvlfishing.com 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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