San Bernardino Mountain Waters, June 29 Report

SILVERWOOD: Overall just fair action, with decent bites on stripers, catfish, and trout. The stripers and catfish have been best on sardine, with Cleghorn the top spot for the cats and the dam area best for stripers. Trout are showing on Kastmasters and inflated nightcrawlers in Miller Canyon. Tom Stephens, San Diego, had a four-pound catfish on sardines, while Kevin Stephens, Hesperia, had two stripers to three pounds on sardines in Twin Cove. 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 trout action has stayed fair to good. Lots of holdover plants from recent tournaments are showing, and the DFW planted last week and three weeks ago. Lots of nice one- to two-pound rainbows. 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. Weed growth is requiring longer leaders. Kevin Cooney and Daniel White, both Santa Ana, had seven rainbows to two pounds. 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 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 was good over the weekend after a 500-pound plant of rainbows last Friday. 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 last week and three weeks ago. The forest service parking area is open. The Santa Ana River was also planted last week and three weeks ago, and the South Fork of the Santa Ana received its first plant in over a month last week. 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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