SILVERWOOD: The DFW has planted brown trout twice in the past month, including fish Jan. 11 and another plant two weeks before that. Overall the trout bite, both browns and rainbows, is fair with most of the fish showing in Cleghorn and Miller Canyons. The browns are best on nightcrawlers, small spinners and spoons, and jigs. The rainbows are best on PowerBait and inflated nightcrawlers. The striper bite is also fair with some bigger fish showing on trout-like swimbaits. Most are being caught on cut baits in deeper water. Tanner Finn, Rancho Cucamonga, and a fishing buddy landed two stripers to 6 pounds on swimbaits and eight trout to three pounds on PowerBait, all in Cleghorn. Slow action on other species with a few catfish being landed on cutbaits. Ray Gonzalez, Barstow, had a five-pound catfish on shrimp in Miller Canyon. No largemouth bass, 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: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pdf_zip/081013KioskadvySilverwood.pdf. 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 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. C.J Duhamel, 14, and brother Gavin, 11, both Big Bear, teamed up on a 5.8-pound rainbow fishing off Lagonita Point on the south shoreline. 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 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 for the season. Last trout plant was Oct. 11. No reports. 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.