San Bernardino Mountain Waters, May 25 Report

SILVERWOOD: The trout action has finally started to slow down a little, but many anglers are still getting from two to five-fish limits. 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. Jeremy Godoy, Victorville, had a pair of two-pound rainbows from Twin Cove. 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. Stephen Coffee, Apple Valley, had a pair of stripers and the bigger one was six pounds. Tyler Potter, Redlands, landed a five-pound striper on a nightcrawler in Twin Cove. There is also a pretty good largemouth bite on plastics and swimbaits, with some on topwater now. A few catfish showing. 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: Very busy this past weekend for the May Trout Classic, but the trout action was good along the North Shore, between old Gray’s 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. For updated fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.
GREGORY LAKE: No report. No recent DFW trout plants. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at
GREEN VALLEY LAKE: The trout bite has been pretty good after a Jess Ranch plant (500 pounds) last Thursday. Top fish reported was a 3-10 rainbow. There is good action on crappie and pumpkinseed, with the fish massing in big schools. The crappie have been bigger this year with fish to one pound reported this week. Lake staff is again giving away t-shirts for every trout six pounds or bigger, and there is a crappie raffle at the end of the season for everyone who catches (and keeps) from 15 up to the limit of 25 crappie and checks in at the boat house. 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 this week and two weeks ago. The forest service parking area is open. The Santa Ana River was also planted this week and two weeks ago, but the most recent plant on the South Fork of the Santa Ana was four 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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