San Bernardino Mountain Waters, March 16 Report

SILVERWOOD: Warm weather is really kicking the action into gear, and some quality largemouth bass have been caught this week, mostly on trout-like swimbaits. The best was a nine-pound landed by Miguel Salazar Jr., Apple Valley, on an eight-inch swimbait in Cleghorn. Adam Martinez, Phelan, had a five-pound bass on a nightcrawler in Miller Canyon. There continues to be a pretty good, but untapped bite on stripers for anglers trolling flies or tossing swimbaits with dam-inlet area, the mouth of Cleghorn and Miller canyons, and the main lake points. The stripers are running up to five pounds, but most are in the two-pound class. The trout also have been good, and a DFW plant was slated for this week. The trout are best in Cleghorn and Sawpit areas, with PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, and small trout plastics all producing fish. A few catfish showing, but this bite is mostly slow. Nick Richards, Adelanto, had two catfish to three pounds on shad in Miller. 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: Warmer daytime temps are turning on the bite. The North Shore, between old Gray’s Landing and the buoy line, is where shoreline anglers are consistently getting trout. The best tactic has been to use garlic and salmon eff-flavored PowerBaits on a short Carolina Rig. Willie Casillas, Big Bear, landed a three-pound rainbow near the Red House. Water temps range from 38 to 41 degrees and the fish are cruising close to shore (30 to 40 feet off the shoreline). For updated fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

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

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: No report. Information: 909-867-2009 and the website, with an in-depth fishing report, is

JENKS LAKE REGION: The Santa Ana River, the South Fork of the Santa Ana River, and Jenks Lake have not been planted recently.

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