San Bernardino Mountain Waters, June 20

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SILVERWOOD: The striper action is good, but most of the fish are under four pounds. A few anglers tossing big swimbaits have landed stripers to 10 pounds or better. The smaller fish are at the dam, in Miller’s Canyon, and off the docks on sardines, lug worms, or anchovies. Alex Gutierrez, Hesperia, landed a 20-pound striper on a swimbait in Miller’s. The catfish are also pretty good and showing on the same cut baits, along with shrimp and chicken liver, but the best action is at the inlet and dam. A few trout continue to show and DFW plants last week, this week, and next week should just keep that bite perking. The best action has been on nightcrawlers, small jigs, or spinners in Cleghorn and Miller canyons and around the dock. The bluegill also remain pretty fair off the dock and in most of the coves on wax worms, crickets, and meal worms. Anglers should be aware of health warnings for the consumption of fish from this lake because of high PCB and mercury levels in the fish flesh and skin. 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: Not a lot of change here with good trout action for trollers working three to four colors of leadcore and Needlefish, Tasmanian Devils, or Rapalas from the dam to the observatory in the afternoons and flies and crawlers shallower in the mornings. Shore anglers fishing bait along the north shore are also scoring with PowerBait on three to five-foot leaders. The rainbows are running up to three pounds. The bass bite has been good on anything crayfish, while the crappie and bluegill are good on meal worms or small jig (or both) in five to 10 feet of water around any structure, especially in Boulder or Papoose Bay. For more fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods 909-866-3222.

GREGORY LAKE: Trout action has been fair to good with some quality fish reported after last week’s plant. Marty Bautista, La Habra, landed a 5-8 rainbow to top off a 15 1/2-pound stringer caught on PowerBait off the south shoreline. Leo Macias, San Bernardino, had four trout to 1-8 on PowerBait near the south gate. DFW trout plant this week and Calaveras Trout will go in next week. Brown and rainbow trout are being planted by both Calaveras and DFW in each stock. There is now a $4 per day fishing access fee for the whole lake. The Crestline Chamber of Commerce is having trout derbies the second Saturday of each month with a $1,000 tagged fish the top prize. Entry fee is $20 per person and includes the $4 lake fishing fee. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: Good trout action much of the past week with a lot of fish to two pounds landed. There wasn’t a plant last week, but both Jess Ranch and the DFW were slated to plant this week. Kids Derby June 21 from 8 a.m. to noon. Registration at boat house just prior to the event. The crappie raffle is back for 2014. Every angler who brings in from 15 to a full limit of 25 crappie will receive a raffle ticket for an Aug. 30 drawing for a $100 Bass Pro gift card. Information: 909-867-2009 and the website is

ARROWBEAR LAKE: DFW trout plant two weeks ago.

JENKS LAKE REGION: DFW trout plant this week and two weeks ago. The Santa Ana River and the South Fork were also planted with DFW trout this week and two weeks ago. General Information: Mill Creek Ranger Station at 909-382-2881.

 LYTLE CREEK: No recent DFW plants.

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