Southern CA Freshwater

Summit Valley: Take aim at four species at Silverwood Lake

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff WriterPublished: Feb 27, 2020

SUMMIT VALLEY — A trout plant on Feb. 21 and an improving largemouth bite has once again made Silverwood Lake an excellent mixed-bag fishing location. Striped bass have been biting for weeks, and while not biting quite as well as the big three, the catfish bite has also been decent meaning anglers have a legitimate shot at four species.

WON READER Scott Lopez with a 4.4-pound Silverwood Lake largemouth that he fooled with a nightcrawler on 4-pound Berkley Vanish.

Nothing has changed on the striper stage with school-sized models gobbling up anchovies and sardines around the Marina Dock and Dam. Limits are still relatively common, but at the very least, most anglers targeting linesides are walking away with a handful of fish in the cooler. A bigger version is coming up on the occasional swimbait topwater, but for the most part, the schoolies are providing the most action.

Trout fishing was already fair before the stock arrived and boosted it quite a bit. Lake staffers told Western Outdoor News most classic trout metal including Kastmasters and Rooster Tails are working along with minijigs, and bait guys are doing best with nightcrawlers.

The quality has been above average. Fontana angler Jairo Montes used a silver and black plastic minnow for a 3 pounder at the Marina Dock, and Jim Stewart of Ontario got his own that size on a ’crawler dunked in Miller Canyon.

Largemouth bass fishing was slow until now with fish cooperating for anglers using spinnerbaits, fineese plastics and jigs in Miller Canyon and near the Gazebo. Long-time WON reader Scott Lopez nabbed a solid 4.4-pound Silverwood largemouth on a nightcrawler fished on 4-pound Berkley Vanish. Sounds like it was quite the battle with a bass that size on ultralight gear near the snarled dock cables that made things a bit more sporting.

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