San Bernardino Mountain Waters, Nov. 16 Report

SILVERWOOD: The Catfish and bluegill bites have taken over the top spot here this week. The catfish are showing from most of the coves and off the marina docks, mostly on sardines and nightcrawlers. Ken Conn, Hesperia, landed and released a 21.5-pound catfish off the marina docks using a sardine. Mark Chase, Barstow, landed an 8-pound catfish off the docks on chicken liver. The bluegill are being caught on meal worms, wax worms, red worms, and crickets. Most are small. Small stripers continue to show in Twin Cove and at the dam on sardines, blood worms, and shad-lke swimbaits. No reports of other species. The third trout plants of the fall-winter season went in three weeks ago, but none since with plants slated this week or next week. 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: Fishing continues to improve as the water cools. Trolling has produced some nice catches all along the circuit from the Solar Observatory east to Windy Point, along the north shore from the west public launch to the buoy line, or along the south shore between Metcalf and Boulder bays. Morning has been best trolling 8 to 14 feet of water (1.5 to 2.5-colors of leadcore) with Needlefish and nightcrawlers. Bank anglers are seeing good action from Old Grays Landing to the Red House and along the south shore from Lagonita Point to Fisher Point. Best bite has been on PowerBait or Bait Pro in garlic, salmon egg, and cheese flavors using one to two foot leaders and fishing no more than 30 feet off the bank. Mornings before 9 a.m. or afternoons after 3 p.m. have been best. A few smallmouth are showing on plastics from the east end from Meadows Edge to the East Launch Ramp. For updated fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

GREGORY LAKE: No report. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at Fishing updates are posted on the park’s Facebook page.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: The boat rentals and the restrooms are closed for the season. Last trout plant was Oct. 11, and a few fish are still showing near the dam and off most of the points. The website is and the Facebook page is Green Valley Lake Fishing.

JENKS LAKE REGION: Jenks Lake has not been planted in over a month, and the parking lot is now closed. 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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