San Bernardino Mountain Waters, June 6

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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, off the docks and in many of the coves on sardines, lug worms, or anchovies. The catfish are also pretty good and showing on the same cut baits and in the same places. Tom and Cliff Whitehair, Norco and Apple Valley respectively, had 20 catfish and stripers to eight pounds fishing anchovies at the buoy line. Largemouth bass are fair on plastics and jerk baits early and late in the day. Trout remain fair after a DFW trout plant last Thursday with the best bite on nightcrawlers 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: The trout action has been good 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. FISHIN’ FOR $50K is this weekend, and the Big Bear Municipal Water District will be stocking trout for the event. One tagged fish is worth $50,000. For more information on the derby call 800-424-4232 or go to For more fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods 909-866-3222.

GREGORY LAKE: The 2014 Gordon McHenry Kid’s Fishing Derby will be held 7 a.m. to noon this Saturday. Trophies and prizes will be given to the largest fish in three age categories (seven and under, eight to 12, and 13 to 15 years old), and there will be a trophy for the most crappie (up to the 25 fish limit) caught. The first 50 entries will get a free tackle box and all kids will receive free fishing prizes. Registration will be at the Lake Gregory water slide parking lot. Trout action has been fair to good since the Calaveras Trout Farm plant two weeks ago and the DFW plant three weeks ago. Many anglers have reported trout in the one to two pounds range, and quite a few three-pound class browns have been caught and released in the past three weeks. There is now a $4 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: Overall good action after trout stocks plants of the past two weeks, and a DFW plant is slated for this week. The load on May 22 from Calaveras was 1,000 pounds of rainbows and brown trout, while the 700-pound load last week was from Jess Ranch and all rainbows. Mike Vaughn, Green Valley Lake, landed a 4-1 brown trout. Bernie Ostrander, Green Valley Lake, landed a 6-5 rainbow, while a 3-2 was caught by Tony Mendez, Riverside. Both those trout were caught off Norma’s Point. Shore anglers have had the best luck with inflated nightcrawlers and PowerBait near the dam or off Norma’s Point, while boat anglers have been using sparkle jigs and Thomas Buoyants. Information: 909-867-2009.

ARROWBEAR LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and three weeks ago.

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

LYTLE CREEK: DFW trout plant three weeks ago.

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