2017 Silverwood Lake Fishing Report and Map, also Public Lands and Hunting Clubs
Fishing Map of Silverwood Lake
About Silverwood Lake
SAN BERNARDINO's Silverwood Lake provides bounty of species. In the San Bernardino Mountains near the top of the Cajon Pass, lies Silverwood Lake.
At altitude of 3400 feet, the 1000-acre lake has a nearly year-round ﬁshery for several species. It has a long-standing reputation for big striped bass, but it is also one of the most best largemouth bass lakes in Southern California. The ﬁshery has thrived because MWD had to mitigate the problems with a series of work projects. Many rock piles were constructed, and old citrus trees
anchored with cinder block were installed to create new structure for ﬁsh.
These are in the Miller Canyon and Cleghorn arms of the lake.
Silverwood has good trout ﬁshing nearly year-round but is best in the fall and spring. The primary problem with Silverwood is lake level ﬂuctuation. The shallow water bite is not consistent because of that. The better bite is often off steeper structure, and the ﬁsh suspend a lot rather than move into shallow water. The ﬁsh are often shallow, but not in contact with the bottom.
MILLER CANYON AND CLEGHORN: The two arms of the lake which stretch east and west from the launch area are both good when the water is up. Fish steep structure from a boat, or ﬁshing from from the shore, as Silverwood has paths, nearly all the way around the lake. So, in the spring, some
excellent plastic worm ﬁshing can be found in small coves and around the rock piles installed during the draw down.
In the spring when the ﬁsh start moving into the back of the coves, use a spinnerbait for the pre-spawn or try suspending jerkbait ﬁshed along the creek channels heading into the coves. During the spawn, use something like a Slug-Go, and then in the post-spawn move back out and ﬁsh worms or jigs.
Overall, ﬁshing spinnerbaits, jerk baits and crankbaits will get ﬁsh all year long. There are good ﬁshing spots all over the lake. The riprap on the dam and around the marina is quite good anytime but try to ﬁsh the dam early in the afternoon when the wind starts blowing and it piles all the trash (and the bait)
jigs with either pork or plastic trailers.when the weather cools down into the 50’s, ﬁsh with bucktail jigs in dark colors, Going into spring ﬁsh jigs as long as the water temps are in the 60‘s.
Other lures.a spinnerbait is a perfect lure for those conditions when fish are suspended above the Lake bottom, maybesix feet deep in 15 feet of water, depending on the temperature. If you would have to choose one single lure for Silverwood, it would be a spinnerbait.
However, use bass jigs as soon as the water temperatures drop into the 60-degree range.
Holdover trout can be caught right through the winter. Huge Striped bass to prowl the lake.
Bluegill ﬁshing is fair, but crappie can be excellent at times, primarily, in the spring.
Location: 30 miles north of San Bernardino near the top of Cajon Pass. Take I-15 north to Highway 138, turn east approximately 11 miles to lake entrance.
Species: Trout, largemouth, bass, bluegill, crappie, striped bass.
Best tlme: Good year-round, best fall though late spring.
Facilities: Good launch ramps. One main ramp and a smaller
ramp in the Cleghorn Arm of the lake for cartoppers and sailboats.
Silverwood is a state park, and has a fully developed campground, including group camping facilities.
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