San Bernardino Mountain Waters, Sept. 21 Report

SILVERWOOD: The best action has been on catfish and stripers off the dock with some quality fish of both species showing. Also a pretty good bite on both near the dam and off the main lake points. Both species are showing on anchovies, sardines, and glow-nightcrawlers. Lots of two to three-pound fish and some bigger. Top fish reported this past week was an eight-pound catfish landed by Harold Hopner, Montclair, on a garlic nightcrawler off the dock. Stacy Wagner, Barstow, had five stripers to three pounds fishing in Miller Canyon. The bluegill bite is fair off the marina rocks and at the dam. Most are hand-sized and showing on meal works or small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles. The largemouth bite is improving with cooler evenings and showing on small cranks and plastics, especially in Miller Canyon. Steve Meyers, Ontario, had three bass for a 10-pound total weight, and his best fish was a six-pounder, all from Chemise on nightcrawlers. Trout are mostly slow, but a few are showing for persistent bait anglers tossing PowerBait or inflated nightcrawlers in Cleghorn or Miller canyons. 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 and bass bites continue to improve with cooler evenings. Water clarity and dissolved oxygen levels also continued to improve. A few trout are showing for shoreline anglers fishing on the North Shore from Old Gray’s Landing to the Buoy Line (Red House) near the dam. Dough baits and inflated ‘crawlers fished on a three to four foot leader or a slip-bobber rig in deeper water. Boat anglers are either trolling very slowly with flashers and lures or drifting a nightcrawler on a slip-bobber rig mid-lake the buoy line to Gilner Point at depths of 12 to 25 feet. Early morning is best for shore or boat trout fishing. DFW trout were planted this week and two weeks ago. A few catfish are showing on cutbaits with added scent, and the panfish action is finally starting to show, especially in Papoose Bay, but the bite is still iffy. The bite on bullheads is wide open along all shorelines areas. 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: There was a 1,500-pound plant of Jess Ranch rainbow trout three weeks ago, and the fish continue to show in fair numbers on both points and at the dam. Several large fish to eight pounds or better this week. Kevin Jones, Claremont, landed a 13-3 rainbow at Fredís Stump on chartreuse PowerBait. Beto Soto, La Puente, landed an 8-8 on garlic PowerBait off Norma’s Point. Fly anglers are also doing well in this area on small midges fished under an indicator. Crappie are slow to fair, and a few largemouth bass are still showing. 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 was last planted with DFW rainbows three weeks ago. The forest service parking area is open. The Santa Ana River and the South Fork of the Santa Ana were both planted this week and two 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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