San Bernardino Mountain Waters, July 5 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, 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 15 to 40 feet of water. A fair to good bite on catfish in most coves, especially in rocky areas, on cut baits. Juan Flores, Ontario, landed a seven-pound bass on a nightcrawler in Cleghorn. The largemouth bass are fair with a few reports on topwater, cranks, and plastics early and late in the day. Jason Duran, Ontario, landed a 2-4 largemouth on a crankbait in Outhouse Cove. The bluegill have been fair to good with mostly small fish around the marina and in most coves on meal worms, red worms, wax worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces. There have been a few crappie to about a pound caught on small jigs with Crappie Nibbles off the dock and in brushy coves in the main channel. The fish are in eight to 20 feet of water. Few trout reports. 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: 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 action is good in the west end of the lake (west of Eagle Point and the Solor Observatory). The early-morning bite has been the best bet. There have been a lot of fish from 2 to 4 pounds for both shore and troll anglers. Top trolling routes have been from the west ramp to the SS Relief just 150 to 200 feet offshore, and the same distance offshore on the south side of the lake between Metcalf and Papoose bays. Small spoons or Rapalas on one to two-and-a-half colors of leadcore has been the ticket. Shore anglers are doing best in the same areas fishing PowerBait or Gulp! baits on 3-foot leaders of 2- to 4-pound test. The early morning spoon bite is also good with fly-line nightcrawlers. The largemouth and smallmouth bite has been pretty good, especially the mouths of Boulder and Papoose Bays. Shallow diving crank baits, plastics, and jigs are all getting some good fish. The bite on small bullhead is just starting, but the bluegill bite is still off. 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 Fishing updates are posted infrequently on the park’s Facebook page or website.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: There were both DFW and Jess Ranch trout plants last week, and the bite has been pretty good, with a number of fish in the 4-pound class or better. Most are 1- to 2-pound class fish. The best action has been on small jigs, small lures, and flies, with just fair action on inflated nightcrawler and PowerBait. The website is and the Facebook page is Green Valley Lake Fishing.

JENKS LAKE REGION: Jenks Lake parking lot is open. No fishing reports, but DFW trout plants went in this week, two weeks ago, and three weeks ago. The Santa Ana River was also planted last week. It has been over a month since the last plants in the Santa Ana and the South Fork of 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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