San Bernardino Mountain Waters, Jan. 18 Report

SILVERWOOD: The DFW planted 2,000 pounds of brown trout in Cleghorn two weeks ago, and the trout action has been pretty fair on the browns and holdover rainbows. The best bite has been around the marina and back into both Cleghorn and Miller canyons on inflated nightcrawlers, small spinners and spoons, and jigs. Another DFW plant went in last week (no word on if it was browns or rainbows). Joe Garcia, Hesperia, landed three trout to 1-8 on Panther Martins in Cleghorn. The striper bite improved this week with fair action on better quality fish for anglers tossing big, trout-like swimbaits. Allen Engelhorn, Riverside, landed a 13-pound striper on a boot tail swim bait in trout pattern. Mike Stevenson, Rancho Cucamonga, had three stripes to eight pounds on swimbaits in the main body of the lake. Slow to fair action on other species with 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 has been sardines or nightcrawlers. 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: The trout bite has remained pretty fair with some nice quality rainbows to four 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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