SILVERWOOD: The second trout plant of the season was set to go in this week. The trout action has been fair since the first plant two weeks ago, with the best action around the marina and into both Cleghorn and Miller. The best bite has been on PowerBait, mini jigs, and inflated or fly-lined nightcrawlers. Smallers stripers continue to show in fair to good numbers at the dam, in the main channel, and off and around the marina docks. Jose Martinez, Hesperia, had nine stripers to four pounds off the marina docks. Chicken liver has been the hot baits, but some also showing on sardines, blood worms, lug worms, and anchovies. The catfish are best of the same bait, chicken liver, and showing around much of the lake in the coves. Michael Anderson, Chino, had eight catfish for a total of 41 pounds, including a nine pounder, all on chicken liver at the dam. Paul White, Phelan, landed four catfish to six pounds off the marina docks. The largemouth bass came back on a little this past week for anglers spooning or fishing plastics on deeper structure and droo-offs.
Bluegill and crappie have been slow. 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. 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: The trout bite over this past week has been steady. Some big rainbows showing for trollers along the south shoreline (Trout Alley) at the west end of the lake. The best technique is still nightcrawlers presented on Wedding Ring rigs in six to 10 feet of water (two to three colors of leadcore) at slow speeds. For the bank anglers, the bite is still good along the north shore from the dam to Windy Point. The key is to keep the bait above the weeds on the bottom, using floating baits fished on three to four foot leaders. Inflated nightcrawlers or PowerBait in garlic and salmon egg flavors have been the best get. A few bullheads showing, but other species are slow. The east public ramp is closed and the west ramp will close Nov. 31. DFW plant three weeks ago. For more fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.
GREGORY LAKE: DFW trout plant this week and three weeks ago. No fishing report. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at lakegregoryrecreation.com/fish.
GREEN VALLEY LAKE: DFW trout plant this week and three weeks ago. No report. Information: 909-867-2009 and the website, with an in-depth fishing report, is www.gvlfishing.com.
JENKS LAKE REGION: DFW trout plant three weeks ago at Jenks Lake, Santa Ana River, and the South Fork of the Santa Ana River. The Jenks Lake parking area is closed for the season, but anglers may walk into the lake from other parking along the Jenks Lake road.
HIGH DESERT LAKES
HESPERIA LAKE: The first trout plant of the season went in Thursday last week, and another 1,000-pound plant of Mt. Lassen rainbows went in Tuesday this week. The trout bite has been fair to good. Top trout reported was a six-pounder landed by Brandon Mullaney, Highland, on cheese-flavored PowerBait off the east bank. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.
JESS RANCH LAKES: The cold weather really turned on the trout bite with generally good action over the past week. Most are two-pound class fish. Best action has been on PowerBait in salmon peach, rainbow, and garlic. Some fish on nightcrawlers, small trout jigs, Jake’s, Roostertails, and Thomas Buoyants. A few catfish to five pounds, and a few bass to three pounds also continue to show. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.
MOJAVE NARROWS: First DFW trout plant of the season this week. No word on county trout plants, which normally would have begun nearly a month ago. No fishing report. For lake information: 760-245-2226.