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Despite second brown trout plant, trout bite at Silverwood still under wraps

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff WriterPublished: Jan 18, 2018

Double-digit striper caught on trout-pattern swimmy

SUMMIT VALLEY — It’s a bit of a head scratcher, really. Silverwood Lake received a 2,000-pound delivery of brown trout from Fillmore Hatchery on Jan. 5, but fishing pressure remained relatively low in the week that followed. Another load of German browns went in on Jan. 11 meaning trout were stocked on back-to-back weeks after issues at Silverwood’s typical supplying hatcheries kept fish plants from happening for over two months. This in what was arguably the most-consistent trout fishery in Southern California during the 2016-17 winter season.

followingthearrivalFOLLOWING THE ARRIVAL of troutat Silverwood Lake, Riverside angler Allen Engelhorn caught this 13-pound striper on a trout-pattern boot-tail swimbait.

Crestline angler Jeff Cottini headed up there after seeing news of the stock in last week’s issue of WON.

“I fished the Cleghorn (Canyon) area where the fish were stocked, and I had to put in some footwork track them down,” said Cottini, who is the founder of the Mountain Top Anglers Fishing Group. “I was throwing a gold Kastmaster and managed to catch two brown trout – I female and an awesome male hookjaw – and had three followers.”

He was out there five days after the first stock, and it definitely seems like brown trout take longer to acclimate and are a bit more up-and-down in terms of when they bite and when they don’t. Lake staffers told WON that some days were excellent and some slow following both plants. This is different than most SoCal-stocked rainbows which tend to bite with reckless abandon for a few days, and the bite gradually tapers off until the next truck arrives.

That being said, an angler might look at it as a plus, because having a successful day on browns doesn’t seem as dependent on how close you fish to stock day; it’s just a matter of, they are in there in good numbers, and you need to crack the code.

As a fishery popular among big-swimbait chuckers, the presence of any flavor of hatchery trout is good news, and at least one double-digit swimbait striper hitting the scale is a great sign on that front. That one was a 13 pounder caught by Allen Engelhorn of Riverside who was working a trout-pattern boot-tail swimbait in the Chamise area of the lake.

JEFF COTTINI CAUGHT this trout in Silverwood Lake’s Cleghorn Canyon following the first brown-trout stock of the season. PHOTO COURTESY MOUNTAIN TOP ANGLERS

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