San Bernardino Mountain Waters, May 18 Report

SILVERWOOD: Trout action has continued good to excellent with many anglers taking home five-fish limits of rainbows up to 1-8 or bigger. The best bite has been on inflated nightcrawlers, PowerBait, or small trout plastics fished in Miller and Cleghorn canyons, but fish are showing in lesser numbers all around the lake. Josh Snard, Pinon Hills, have five rainbows to a pound on nightcrawlers in Miller. Bonus DFW plants went in three and four weeks ago. The stripers have been fair to good with bigger fish at the dam and smaller fish around the marina. Best bite has been on lug worms, trolled flies, or nightcrawlers. There is also a pretty good largemouth bite on plastics and swimbaits. A few catfish showing, and this bite is improving. 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: Trout have been good along the North Shore, between old Grayís Landing and the buoy line. The best tactic has been to use garlic and salmon egg-flavored PowerBaits on a short Carolina Rig, but trollers are also getting fish along the north shore. The good largemouth bass bite has continued, a little slower this week, but still pretty decent. Most of the action has been on nightcrawlers, plastic worms, and small reaction baits. The smallmouth are also pretty good. The carp bowfishing season is in full swing, with a lot of big carp moving into the shallows and sunning. The Hall Family May Trout Classic will be this weekend, May 20-21, with $8,000 in prizes for the biggest fish. Trophy trout will be planted before the event. Entry fee is $75. For Classic information, call 909-866-5796 or go to All the public marinas are open. For updated fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

GREGORY LAKE: No report. DFW trout plants two and four weeks ago. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago. Private plants will begin this week when Jess Ranch trout go in. The lake is now charging its regular fees of $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 last week and three weeks ago. The forest service parking area is open. The Santa Ana River was also planted last week, while the South Fork of the Santa Ana was last planted three weeks ago. 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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