San Bernardino Mountain Waters, May 4 Report

SILVERWOOD: Trout action has been excellent with many (most even) taking home five-fish limits of rainbows up to 1-8. The best bite has been on inflated nightcrawlers, PowerBait, or small trout plastics fished in Cleghorn, Miller, or around the marina. Rainbows to four pounds reported. James Murphy, Apple Valley, landed five rainbows to 1-8 on nightcrawlers in Miller Canyon. The lake has been planted at least six times in the past three weeks. (The DFW has started maintenance work on the Mojave hatchery and Silverwood is getting surplus fish before the raceways are dewatered for the work.) The stripers have been nearly as good as the trout with a lot of fish to four pounds showing on lug worms, trolled flies, or nightcrawlers. The best action has been in the main channel and the mouths of all the major canyons. Mark Smith, Pinon Hills, had four stripers to four pounds on swimbaits in Miller. There is also a pretty good largemouth bite on plastics and swimbaits. A few catfish showing, but this bite is mostly slow. 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 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 other news is 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 Hall Family May Trout Classic will be 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 this link. 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 this week and last week. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and two weeks ago. Private plants will start in mid-May, but no exact date set yet, but Jess Ranch plants could begin as early as the week of May 8. Lake conditions are good with some of the DFW trout and holdover fish showing already. The lake will begin charging fees beginning the weekend of May 6-7 and again the weekend of May 13-14 (but not during the week). The fees those weekends will be reduced to $10 for adults and $5 for kids, seniors, veterans, and active duty military. There will be no charge during the week between those dates. Starting May 15, the lake will begin 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 and the South Fork of the Santa Ana were also both planted with DFW trout last week. 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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