San Bernardino Mountain Waters, March 8 Report

SILVERWOOD: Highway 138 between I-15 and Summit Valley Road has been closed from Wednesday this week through March 17 for construction. 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 slow except for trout, which were planted (1,200 pounds) last week at the launch ramp. The action off the marina rocks and into both Miller and Cleghorn canyons has been fair to good on small lures, small jigs, MiceTails, and PowerBait. Kevin Conn, Herperia, had four trout off the marina rocks with a total weight of 8.5 pounds on Wednesday last week. On Friday, he landed five more to 1-8 on Needlefish tipped with meal worms. A few smaller stripers are showing off the docks on nightcrawlers or lug worms, and some better fish at the inlet on cut baits. Tanner Finn and Paul Tarengo, both Rancho Cucamonga, had 10 stripers to five pounds on sardines near the dam. Other species mostly slow. 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: 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 pretty fair with some nice quality holdover rainbows up to five-plus pounds in the catch. Top areas have been the North Shore as far East as Juniper Point and as far west as 40 feet off the face of the dam. The best bite is early in the morning with jigs, spoons, and spinners the best at the dam, but PowerBait or MiceTails fished near the shore best in other areas. It has been cold with shoreline ice most mornings, and more snow is forecast for later this 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. No reports. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at Fishing updates are posted infrequently on the park’s Facebook page.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: The boat rentals and the restrooms are closed. Last trout plant was Oct. 11. No reports on news on opening day yet. The website is 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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