San Bernardino Mountain Waters, Oct. 12 Report

SILVERWOOD: The first trout plant of the fall-winter season went in Monday this past week and another plant is schedule for this week. The bite has already started to improve around the marina and into both Cleghorn and Miller canyons. Amy Schueber, Crestline, had three rainbows averaging about two pounds each on PowerBait in Cleghorn. The catfish and stripers bites remain pretty fair at the dam, chemise areas, and off the dock with some quality fish of both species showing. Both species are showing on anchovies, sardines, and glow-nightcrawlers. Lots of one to three-pound fish and some bigger. Steve Karcich, Hesperia, landed an 11-8 catfish on chicken liver off the dock, while Henry Herber, Apple Valley, had a six-pound striper on blood worms in Miller Canyon. No reports of other species this 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: Not a lot of change here, but the cooling evenings and cooler water temperatures continues to perk up the trout action. The shoreline bite is still best from Old Gray’s Landing to the buoy line (Red House) near the dam. Floating dough baits and inflated nightcrawlers fished on three to four-foot leaders is the trick — and use light leaders, no heavier than four-pound test. Slip-bobber rigs fished in 12 to 25 feet of water is still the way to go west of the buoy line. Trollers are fishing 12 to 25 feet deep with at mid-lake between the buoy line and Gilner Point. Morning fishing has been best. A few crappie are showing in Papoose Bay, and the catfish and bullhead are fair. 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 action has been fair. The fish are best near the dam and off most of the points. Crappie are slow, and a few largemouth bass are still showing. At least one more trout plant is slated before the season end Oct. 31. 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. Fees are $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 has not been planted in over a month. The forest service parking area is still open. The Santa Ana River and the South Fork of the Santa Ana were both planted last week and three 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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