San Bernardino Mountain Waters, May 24 Report

SILVERWOOD: The trout bite has continued fair to good in Cleghorn and Miller Canyons, the Miller Canyon Creek is getting plant with trout this week (but not the lake). The most recent plants were two weeks ago, but there were bonus fish, including brown trout in those plants. The best action has been on inflated nightcrawlers, Mice Tails, lug worms, and small spinners or jigs. The fish have been up to 1.5 pounds. The stripers are also still fair with most pan-sized fish around 1.5 to 2 pounds, and they are showing on cut baits, lug worms, and an occasional fish on a swimbait. Stripers have been best off the dam, but some are showing from Twin Cove and around the marina. Most of the fish have been in 30 to 40 feet of water. Troy Altherr, 8, Bloomington, had three stripers to 4 pounds fishing sardines in Twin Coves. Slow to fair catfish action on cut baits, while the largemouth and bluegill have also been slow to fair on plastics and wax worms, respectively. A few crappie to 1-8 reported. A reminder: the dam is closed to angler access. 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 fishing remains good with the best bite along the north shore from Windy Point to Old Gray’s Landing for shore anglers using floating dough baits on 18 to 24-inch leaders. Fish to four pounds have been reported this past week. The trolling action has been good near the solar observatory and along Trout Alley. Slow trolling with one to three colors of lead core dragging Thomas Buoyants and Rapalas has been the ticket. A few bass are starting to show on swim baits at Garstin Island, but this is still tough. No catfish or panfish reports, yet. For updated fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

GREGORY LAKE: Two trout plants slated for this week. There was a 2,000-pound plant Tuesday and another is slated just before the Memorial Weekend Trout Derby which has a $1,000 top prize for the longest fish entered by those registered. 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 or website.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: The second trout plant (500 pounds) of the season went in last Thursday, and the bite was pretty good over the weekend. Jamie Kitchens landed an 8-7 rainbow, while Mario Quintana caught a 7-4. Both off Norma’s Point. The best action has been on Power Worm or small trout jigs. Floating baits have not been working at all. The swim beach is tentatively slated to open Memorial Day weekend, depending on weather and water conditions. The website is and the Facebook page is Green Valley Lake Fishing.

JENKS LAKE REGION: Jenks Lake parking lot is open. No fishing reports and no DFW trout plants yet. 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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