SILVERWOOD: The stripers are fair to good with most pan-sized fish around 1 1/2- to two pounds, but some are bigger. They are showing on cut baits, lug worms, and an occasional fish on a swimbait. Stripers have been best off the dam and through the main channel. Some are showing from Twin Cove and around the marina. Most of the fish have been in 30 to 40 feet of water. There has been a fair crappie bite on fish to just over a pound, mostly off the dam on small jigs tipped with meal worms. Wayne Filkosky, Victorville, had a one-pounder off the dock. The bluegill have been fair to good with a lot of small fish around the marina and in most coves on meal worms, red worms, wax worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces. A few half-pound fish. The largemouth bass are slow to fair with a few reports on topwater, cranks, and plastics. Few trout reports. Slow to fair catfish action on cut baits, and only a few carp showing. A reminder: the dam is closed to angler access. 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: 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 action was very good for the Fishing for 50K Tournament this past weekend, but on $10,000 tagged trout were caught, but a $100 tag was caught by Steve Jenson. Big fish winners: In the men’s adult division first place went to Paul Gonzalez with a 5.22 pounder, second place to Randy Rimmer with a 4.2, and there was a tie for third with a pair of 4.08-pound trout caught by Steven Reno and Dave Reno. Top fish in the women’s division was a 4.05-pounder landed by
Dawn Welch, while the top youth boy was a 3.74-pounder caught by
Dylan Terella. Top youth girls were a pair of 2.72-pounders caught by Bailey Turner and Michele Beltran. The best trout action has been in the west end of the lake (west of Eagle Point and the Solor Observatory). The early-morning bite has been the best bet. There have been a lot of fish from two to four pounds for both shore and troll anglers. Top trolling routes have been from the west ramp to the SS Relief just 150 to 200 feet offshore, and the same distance offshore on the south side of the lake between Metcalf and Papoose bays. Small spoons or Rapalas on one to two-and-a-half colors of leadcore has been the ticket. Shore anglers are doing best in the same areas fishing PowerBait or Gulp! baits on three-foot leaders of two- to four-pound test. The early morning spoon bite is also good with fly-line nightcrawlers. The largemouth and smallmouth bite has been pretty good, especially the mouths of Boulder and Papoose Bays. Shallow diving crank baits, plastics, and jigs are all getting some good fish. The bite on small bullhead is just starting, but the bluegill bite is still off. For information on fishing or the tournament, call Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.
GREGORY LAKE: No report. Lake and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at lakegregoryrecreation.com/fish. Fishing updates are posted infrequently on the park’s Facebook page or website.
GREEN VALLEY LAKE: There were Jess Ranch trout plants last week and thee weeks ago (also a DFW plant that week), and the bite has been pretty good since. Phil Bolt and Armando Becerra, both from San Bernardino, were using green Powerbait and worms early in the day for a pair of rainbows in the three to four-pound range. Still the best action on small jigs and flies, but more the inflated nightcrawler and PowerBait bite has improved. The website is www.gvlfishing.com and the Facebook page is Green Valley Lake Fishing.
JENKS LAKE REGION: Jenks Lake parking lot is open. No fishing reports, but the first DFW trout plant is went in last week and another is slated for this week. The Santa Ana River and the South Fork of the Santa Ana were planted 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.