SILVERWOOD: Good striper fishing as continued this week for a lot of anglers fishing bait off the dock or Twin Cove, through the main channel on points, the quarry area, or at the dam. Anchovies, sardines, lug worms, and nightcrawlers have been the best baits. The fish are from one to four pounds and a few 10-fish limits have been reported. The fish are mostly showing in 15 to 40 feet of water. Fredrick Chanthavong, Rancho Cucamonga, had eight stripers to five pounds on anchovies off the dock. Skyler Haverman, Pinon Hills, had six stripers to 1 pound near the dock. A fair to good bite on catfish in most coves, especially in rocky areas, on cut baits, with Cleghorn probably the best spot. Fish to 4 pounds reported this week. Anglers walking in or staying in the campground are reporting pretty good nice action. The largemouth bass are fair with a few reports on topwater, cranks, and plastics early and late in the day. The bluegill have been fair with mostly small fish around the marina and in most coves on meal worms, red worms, wax worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces. A reminder: the dam is closed to angler access. 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 boat pressure has been pretty heavy since July 4. This and the heat have really impacted the fishing, and the trout action has been slow to fair. The best action is very early in the morning and the best bank action has been along the north shore from from Old Gray’s Landing to the buoy line at the dam. This is also where the weed growth is the least and there is little algae. Boat anglers are having the best luck trolling or drifting 200 to 300 feet off of the South shore between Metcalfe Bay and the buoy line using two to three colors of leadcore with live bait behind a wedding ring or micro flashers. Needlefish in pearl with Red, bikini, or copper with a red head, or a Thomas Buoyant in a the red and gold have been the best lures. A few bass are showing out of deeper structure, especially off Garstin Island and from the old ski beach up to Papoose Bay. Plastics and reaction baits early and late are best. Lots of bullhead and panfish. For information on fishing or the tournament, call Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.
GREGORY LAKE: No report. DFW trout plant last week. Lake 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 or website.
GREEN VALLEY LAKE: There was a Jess Ranch trout plant last week and a DFW plant two weeks ago. The bite has been just fair with the heat, but some fish to 3 pounds reported and a few decent stringers. Thomas and Nicolas Burns, Garden Grove, had three trout to 2-9 on garlic meal worms at the dam. The website is www.gvlfishing.com and the Facebook page is Green Valley Lake Fishing.
JENKS LAKE REGION: Jenks Lake parking lot is open. No fishing reports, but DFW trout plant went in two weeks ago. The Santa Ana River was also planted two weeks ago. 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.