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Big bass, stripers tracking big swimbaits at Silverwood Lake

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff Writer Published: Apr 18, 2019

SUMMITT VALLEY — Bigger game fish at Silverwood Lake don’t seem to respond as dramatically when trout get stocked as when they’re dumped into other Southland waters, but there must have been something special about the last one.

silverwoodlakekickedSILVERWOOD LAKE KICKED out this 7-pound largemouth for Alex Castillo of Monrovia who was throwing a Huddleston swimbait. She caught her personal best 8 pounder a week prior on the same bait, and both fish were caught in Cleghorn Canyon. PHOTO COURTESY Instagram @WeFollowRivers

On March 28, 2,000 pounds of rainbows were delivered to Silverwood without much fanfare. In fact, it took about a week for those trout to even bite with any consistency, but in the weeks that followed, some impressive bass have been caught on trout-imitating swimbaits.

Alex Castillo of Monrovia recently stuck a 7-pound largemouth on an 8-inch Huddleston swimbait, this about a week after catching a personal-best 8 pounder on the same bait in the same spot. Her boyfriend, Noe Sarmiento of Monrovia, nabbed a 7-pound striped bass on the Hudd from a kayak the same day Alex got the 7, and all these fish were caught in Cleghorn Canyon happens to be where stocker trout tend to congregate.

“This bait is really deadly right now,” said Castillo. “We had quite a few bites but only managed to land the two.”

She went on to tell Western Outdoor News they’ve noticed the stripers are hanging out deep while the largemouth are patrolling shallower water. You can keep tabs on the duo at WeFollowRivers on Instagram and YouTube.

Silverwood Lake staffers also confirmed the solid largemouth bite and also said scores are being made with jigs and crankbaits, and Miller Canyon as well as the area around the Gazebo are also producing. They told WON the best striper areas as the Marina Dock, the dam and in coves off of the Main Channel, and crappie remain very aggressive for anglers throwing jigs around the dock.

THIS 7-POUND STRIPER ate a Huddleston worked by kayak angler Noe Sarmiento in Silverwood Lake’s Cleghorn Canyon. PHOTO COURESY Instagram @WeFollowRivers

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