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Summit Valley: Stripers and catfish still tops at Silverwood

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff Writer Published: Nov 07, 2019

SUMMIT VALLEY — Trout season kicked off with the first stock of the season back on Oct. 18, but that bite remains only fair. Striped bass and catfish are the best bites at the moment, but the water is chilly enough (56 degrees) to where those rainbows could take off at any time.

clonecatsCLONE CATS – Mario Gonzalez with a matching pair of 7.5-pound Lake Silverwood catfish that fell for sardines at the dam.

Stripers are biting near the dam and off the Marina Dock, and it’s been “limit style” fishing for school-sized models for some anglers using anchovies or garlic nightcrawlers.


Catfish are biting well in the same areas plus Miller Canyon with chicken livers and sardines standing out as top bait options of late. Inglewood angler Mario Gonzalez was using ’dines near the dam for twin 7.5-pound cats and a nice haul of those linesides.


Most successful trout anglers are filling stringers by using PowerBait in Miller Canyon. Cleghorn Canyon is another option that’s always worth a look during trout season.


There were some jerkbait largemouth caught and released in various coves, but that fishing is slow-to-fair overall. Panfish, are slow, but there was a 2-pound crappie caught on a nightcrawler off the Marina Dock.


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