SILVERWOOD: The crappie bite reported two weeks ago that fizzled last week has come back on again. Anglers are fishing off the dock with meal worms or jigs tipped with meal worms. Most are three-quarters to a pound in weight. Mike Tompkins, San Bernardino, had five crappie to a pound on meal worms off the dock. Stripers continue to show in Twin Cove, off the dam, and around the marina on blood worms and cut baits. James Newland, Victorville, had a seven-pound striper on an anchovy in Twin Cove. Quite a few catfish are also showing on the same baits in the same areas. There is still a pretty good morning bite on the largemouths in Cleghorn and Miller canyons on nightcrawlers or small reaction baits. Most are small. The third trout plants of the fall-winter season went in last week and the rainbow bite has been pretty fair around the marina and into both Cleghorn and Miller canyons. Best action on nightcrawlers and Atomic Teaser jigs. 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: Fishing continues to improve as fall weather patterns continue to lower the water temps, which are now 55 to 56 degrees lakewide. 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 eight 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: Fair action on nightcrawlers with garlic nightcrawlers, while a few trout are showing on floating dough baits, especially ones dipped in garlic. The park has an ongoing catfish ìderbyî through the end of October, and the biggest fish caught during the month will win a book of 10 fishing passes. Currently, the leader is a 1.27-pounder. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at lakegregoryrecreation.com/fish. 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 www.gvlfishing.com 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 were last planted 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.