San Bernardino Mountain Waters, July 26 Report

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 1 to 4 pounds and a few 10-fish limits have been reported. The fish are mostly showing in 30 to 40 feet of water. Jason Ramirez, Apple Valley, had five stripers to 3 pounds on anchovies off 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 night 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 continues to be pretty heavy on weekends, but between the activity and the heat the bite has been just fair. The best action is very early in the morning and the best bank action has been along the north shore 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 only a 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 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 four weeks ago. 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 Thursday (July 19) with 400 pounds of Jess Ranch rainbows going in. There was also a plant the previous week. Most recent DFW plant was four weeks ago. The bite was pretty good over the weekend with most anglers getting at least one or two fish averaging one to three pounds. Also some good stringers landed. The website is www.gvlfishing.com and the Facebook page is Green Valley Lake Fishing.

JENKS LAKE REGION: Jenks Lake parking lot is open. The lake level apparently is low and dropping, and last week’s DFW plant consisted of 10 fish and they all died due to warm water at the shorelines. No more plants likely for this year. The Santa Ana River was last planted four weeks ago, but it is not on the list for this week or last week (although the fish scheduled for Jenks may have been planted in the Santa Ana). 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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