San Bernardino Mountain Waters, March 22 Report

SILVERWOOD: The Highway 138 road closure, which was set to end last weekend, was extended through March 23 this week. Highway 138 between I-15 and Summit Valley Road has been closed since March 7. The long detour requires taking I-15 to Ranchero Road in Hesperia, going east to Summit Valley Road, and then back south to Highway 138 in Summit Valley, and then east on 138 to Silverwood. The fishing action has been fair to good and improving for trout, thanks to two DFW plant last Wednesday and Friday. The best bite has been at the marina rocks with quite a few limits posted this past week. Kevin Conn, Hesperia, had five trout off the marina docks fishing Needlefish or Thomas Buoyants tipped with meal worms. The trout also brought up a few bigger stripers. Tanner Finn, Rancho Cucamonga, caught a 12-pound striper on a swimbait. Other species are slow, but a few largemouth bass are starting to be caught in 15 to 25 feet of water on plastics. A reminder: the dam is now closed to anglers. 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: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pdf_zip/081013KioskadvySilverwood.pdf. 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 bite has remained fair to good and the action is not isolated to just one area. Nice catches are coming from the north shore as far east as Juniper Point and as far west as the face of the dam when the weather is warm enough for fishing. It’s still an early morning bite, and near the dam anglers will want to throw jigs, spoons and spinners. Further east — from the Red House to Gray’s Landing to Juniper Point — use Carolina rigs fished close to the shoreline with floating dough baits in a variety of colors and flavors or Mice Tails (good colors are fluorescent orange-chartreuse or bubble gum-white). There have been a lot of nice 1-8 to four-pound rainbows over the past week. No reports of other species. For updated fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

GREGORY LAKE: The lake was planted with 2,000 pounds of rainbows Jan. 26, but none since. No reports. Trout Derby coming Memorial Day weekend. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at lakegregoryrecreation.com/fish. Fishing updates are posted infrequently on the park’s Facebook page.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: The boat rentals and the restrooms are closed and tentative opening day will be Memorial Day. The website is www.gvlfishing.com and the Facebook page is Green Valley Lake Fishing.

JENKS LAKE REGION: Jenks Lake parking lot is still closed, and no plants. The Santa Ana River and the South Fork of the Santa Ana also have not been planted recently. 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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