San Bernardino Mountain Waters, Oct. 19 Report

SILVERWOOD: The big news is the crappie bite that broke open this past week off the marina docks and around the launch ramp. The fish are showing on Gulp! minnows and small pieces of anchovies. The fish are running up to a pound or a little better, but most are solid half- to three-quarter pounders. Danny Pedroza, Rialto, landed a one-pounders of the dock. James Henry, Hesperia, had six crappie. The first trout plant of the fall-winter season went two weeks ago and last week. The bite has already started to improve around the marina and into both Cleghorn and Miller canyons. 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. 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: The trout action has been improving rapidly as the water temperature stabilizes at 57 degrees, and the bite has fired up all around the lake. Shoreline anglers are getting some decent catches of fish to three pounds or a little better on garlic and salmon-egg flavored dough baits. Slip-bobber rigs fished in six to 20 feet of water is still the way. Trolling are running 200 to 300 feet offshore from Windy Point to the SS Relief and fishing no deeper than 20 feet with the usual array of trolled lures. Bob Williamson, San Pedro, landed a 4-2 rainbow near Lagonita Lodge. 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 ends 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 two and 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.

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