Sound Bernardino Mountain Waters

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SILVERWOOD: The catfish and stripers have both been good this past week. The stripers are showing on lug worms, anchovies, and a few on swimbaits, around the docks, in Miller Canyon and at the dam. While most are small (under three pounds), there have been a few bigger fish caught. Sarea Youmars, Pinon Hills, landed a nine-pounder on a lug worm. The catfish are best on shrimp, mackerel and anchovies in Miller and Cleghorn canyons and at the dam. Rebecca Scotty, Lake Elsinore, had a 15-pound cat landed on a Trout Nugget, while Saul Vargas, Riveside, landed a 10-pounder on mackerel. Both big cats came from Cleghorn. The largemouth action has been fair at best, but a few are showing in an early morning topwater bite or on plastics or reaction baits early and late in the day. The bluegill bite improved this past week with a fair bite in Outhouse Cove on meal worms. Few trout or crappie reports. Anglers should be aware of health warnings for the consumption of fish from this lake because of high PCB and mercury levels in the fish flesh and skin. 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: When the latest limnological report came out, local guides and anglers gasped! A week ago the concern was over rising water temperatures and how long before it is too high for the trout to survive, now the question is, are the oxygen levels at the dam dropping to a dangerously low level? Well, good news on both counts. Water temps in the western third of the lake have dropped to 67 degrees and the low oxygen readings were incorrect due to a faulty instrument. Mike Stephenson, general manager of Big Bear Municipal Water District was confident enough to do a stocking of hatchery fish. He was right and the trout are doing well, providing good action for anglers. Curt Dills with Fish Big Bear Charter Service reports good counts of trout in the 1-8 range with an occasional two to three pounder in the mix. The trout are hanging out from the surface to 20 feet down. Trolling Rapala Husky Jerks in black and gold on the surface and Needlefish in copper finishes from one to three colors has worked well. The larger trout have come in on a flasher-crawler combo trolled behind leadcore. Be sure to change lures often, each day varies with sun and clouds, keep working it until you find the magic of the day. Drift fishing with dough baits and crawlers with a slip bobber rigged to the right depth is another way to put fish on the stringer. The bass have moved out of the shallows and are setting up in deeper water. Even though they are deeper they have been coming up after buzz and crank baits early and late in the day. If you find them sitting on deeper structure, try a drop-shot plastic worm. Panfish remain elusive with anglers wondering where they are. Nocturnal catfish anglers are waiting for the kitties to turn on. For more fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods (909) 866-3222.     

GREGORY LAKE: DFW trout plant this week and two weeks ago with both rainbows and browns in the plants. The trout have been spotty with only a few showing, but quite a few catfish and small crappie are being caught. There is a $4 per day fishing access fee for the whole lake. The Crestline Chamber of Commerce is having trout derbies the second Saturday of each month with a $1,000 tagged fish the top prize. That prize rolls over and a portion added to the next derby if the tagged fish isn’t caught. Derby entry fee is $20 per person and includes the $4 lake fishing fee. The August 9 derby will feature a $2,000 grand prize. Alert: There will be drag boat races on the lake Aug. 16-17. Lake, derby, and fishing information at (909) 338-2233.     

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: Fair to good action with fresh-plants hanging close to shore, while the holdover fish have moved to deeper water at the dam and in Boat Cove. While there haven’t been any recent DFW plants, there was a 1,000-pound plant of Calaveras trout July 25. Small silver spoons and grasshopper-colored jigs have been the best bets. Lake manager Kevin Floyd, Green Valley Lake, landed a 4-3 brown trout on a Kastmaster, while Blake Coley, Menifee, landed rainbows at 3-8 and 2-7. Richard Steward, Green Valley Lake, landed a 2-9 rainbow, while Lisa Lequire, Green Valley, caught a 2-8 trout. Jess Ranch trout were planted two and four weeks ago. The crappie raffle is ongoing. Every angler who brings in from 15 to a full limit of 25 crappie will receive a raffle ticket for an Aug. 30 drawing for a $100 Bass Pro gift card. Information: (909) 867-2009 and the website, with an in-depth fishing report, is gvlfishing.com.      

JENKS LAKE REGION: DFW trout plants two and four weeks ago at Jenks Lake. The Santa Ana River and the South Fork were planted with DFW trout this week and two weeks ago. General Information: Mill Creek Ranger Station at (909) 382-2881.     

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