San Bernardino Mountain Waters, July 6 Report

SILVERWOOD: Weekend boat traffic hammered the fishing, but the bite has been fair for trout, mostly in Miller Canyon. Anglers fishing PowerBait, Mice Tails, small trout worms, and trout jigs are getting a few fish. The stripers and catfish have been best on blood worms or sardines, with Cleghorn the top spot for the cats and the dam area best for stripers. Zack Bellomo, LaVene, had three stripers on lugworms, and his best was a six-pounder. Largemouth are slow to fair with some topwater early and late and then plastics the rest of the time. No panfish reports. 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 past two weeks of heat has driven the surface water temperature to as high as 69 degrees. Bank anglers are only getting a few fish off Gilner and Lagonita Point on the south shore or from Gray’s Landing to the dam on the north shore. The only bite has been before 9 or 10 a.m. in the morning on dough baits. Some evening action just before dark. Trollers are also having more difficultly the best bite in the center of the lake (not Trout Alley or the Trout Triangle) in six to 15 feet of water (1.5 to three colors of leadcore) with micro flashers and the small Thomas Buoyants and Needlefish in reds and golds or pearl bikini colors. Glo Dodgers trailing a wedding ring tipped off with a piece of nightcrawler has also been good. Only very slow trolling has been working, called ‘drift speed’ by the locals. Bass have been fair with a lot of fish shallow on plastics and topwater lures are starting to work. The panfish bite is surprisingly slow. Lots of small bullhead along most shorelines. The carp bowfishing season is in full swing, with a lot of big carp in the shallows. For updated fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

GREGORY LAKE: No report. No recent DFW trout plants. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: The trout bite has been fair to good and there was a bonus 1,000-pound plant from Jess Ranch Friday (June 30). Most of the trout are showing in deeper water near the dam and inflated nightcrawlers, salmon eggs, and Power Worms have been the best. Crappie are fair with some nice stringers showing up at the boat house, and a few largemouth bass are also being caught. Lake staff is again giving away t-shirts for every trout six pounds or bigger, and there is a crappie raffle at the end of the season for everyone who catches (and keeps) from 15 up to the limit of 25 crappie and checks in at the boat house. Fees are $15 per adult, $10 for kids, seniors, veterans, and active duty military. Information: 909-867-2009 and the website is

JENKS LAKE REGION: Jenks Lake was planted with DFW rainbows this two and four weeks ago. The forest service parking area is open. The Santa Ana River was also planted two and four weeks ago, and the South Fork of the Santa Ana was 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.

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