San Bernardino Mountain Waters, June 15

SILVERWOOD: There has been pretty fair catfish and striper action this past week. The catfish are showing on sardines and chicken liver for the cats in Cleghorn, while the stripers are best in Twin Cove on the same baits, plus bloodworms and nightcrawlers. James Bryan, Menifee, had seven catfish to four pounds on meal worms in Cleghorn. Kenny Spindler, Hesperia, landed four stripers to 1-8 on the marina docks with bloodworms. The largemouth bite is fair on plastics and swimbaits, with some on topwater now. Trout action is fair with diligent anglers still getting limits. Trolling early in the day with Kastmasters or nightcrawlers and flashers in Miller Canyon is the best bet. 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 trout action has stayed good with big fish to 6-8 reported this past week, fish still showing up from the plants for the two recent tournaments and holdovers getting big and fat. There was also a DFW plant last week. Guide Curt Dills had trout at 4-8, 5-2, and 6-2 in just the past couple of trips. Trollers are getting the most fish at the mid-lake and north shore spots slow-trolling Needlefish or flashers with nightcrawlers. Shore anglers fishing along the North Shore are also still scoring. The best tactic has been to use garlic and salmon egg-flavored PowerBaits on a short Carolina Rig. The largemouth bass bite has been fair on nightcrawlers, plastic worms, and small reaction baits. The smallmouth are also pretty fair, mostly on reaction baits. The carp bowfishing season is in full swing, with a lot of big carp moving into the shallows and sunning. The 14th Annual Carp Round Up at Big Bear Lake will be June 17-18. This is a bowfishing event sponsored by the Big Bear Municipal Water District. For updated fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

GREGORY LAKE: There was a 5,000-pound plant of Jess Ranch trout two weeks ago for the weekend derby. The bite has been very good on small jigs and PowerBait, especially at the baseball field shoreline. No recent DFW trout plants. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: There was a 500-pound plant of Jess Ranch trout last Thursday and the bite was just fair over the weekend, but the bite turned on Monday with some nice stringers and trout at 6-2 and 6-8 reported. Inflated nightcrawlers, salmon eggs, and Power Worms have been the best. Crappie are good with some nice stringers showing up at the boat house. 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 last week, two weeks ago, and four weeks ago. The forest service parking area is open. The Santa Ana River was also planted last week, two weeks ago, and four weeks ago, but there haven’t been any recent plants on 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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