San Bernardino Mountain Waters, Jan. 11 Report

SILVERWOOD: The DFW planted 2,000 pounds of brown trout in Cleghorn this past Friday, and the bite on the fish was excellent through the weekend from the marina back into the end of Cleghorn. The best action has been on inflated nightcrawlers, small spinners and spoons, and jigs. Another DFW plant is slated for this week. Jack Turner of Adelanto landed four trout to 2 pounds in Cleghorn on nightcrawlers. Slow to fair action on other species with just a few stripers showing at the dam and around the marina, and a few catfish being landed on cutbaits from the dam to Miller Canyon on inside points and in the backs of coves in deeper water. Best bait for both has been sardines or nightcrawlers. Melvin Daniels, Riverside, landed a 4-pound catfish in Miller Canyon on a sardine head. Largemouth bass and bluegill are very slow, and no 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: Snow hasn’t changed things. The trout bite has remained pretty fair with some nice quality rainbows to 4 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: 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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