San Bernardino Mountain Waters, May 3 Report

SILVERWOOD: The trout bite has been excellent thanks plants the last two weeks in a row, including this week, and four other plants in April. The best action has been in the main channel and coves adjacent to the dam, but fish are also still showing in Cleghorn and Miller canyons, mostly on MiceTails and small lures. The striper bite has been fair to good with most of the fish crusing the shoreline, including some bigger fish chasing trout and whacking bigger swimbaits. Most are smaller and showing on anchovies, sardines, lug worms, or nightcrawlers off the marina docks and quarry area. Frank Harper, Upland, had 20 stripers to 6 pounds on nightcrawlers Javier Gonzalez, Montclair, had eight stripers to 4 pounds off the marina docks on sardines. There are quite a few bluegill and a few crappie showing off the marina docks on small jigs or meal worms. The largemouth bass are also in the shallows for the spawn, with the best action in 4 to 12 feet of water on plastics. There will be a seminar on striped bass fishing noon, Saturday, May 12, at the marina. The seminar will be conducted by big-fish specialist Gregg Silks. The event is free and anyone who wants to attend should bring a chair and notebook. Call the marina for more information on the seminar. 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: 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: Trout fishing remains good best 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 very good along the south shore in Trout Alley and the from the west boat launch to the buoy line along the north shore. The water is still pretty cold and there was snow Tuesday and Wednesday, so 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: 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 or website.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: While ‘opening day’ was Tuesday this week, there was snow Tuesday and Wednesday. The lake will be open for fishing and boat rentals this weekend. The beach is tentatively slated to open Memorial Day weekend, depending on weather and water conditions. There will be more trout stockings this season. The website is www.gvlfishing.com and the Facebook page is Green Valley Lake Fishing.

JENKS LAKE REGION: Jenks Lake parking lot opened for the season three weeks ago. 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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