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Double-digit bass highlights multi-species bite at Silverwood Lake

WON Staff Writer
Published: Jun 22, 2017
SUMMIT VALLEY — It seems like trophy bass season got a late start in Southern California as a bunch of double-digit largemouth have been caught in June which is for the most part, after the typical spawning season when biggies are usually caught. While not generally known as a big-bass factory, Silverwood Lake is the latest to join the club.

elephantseatpeanutsELEPHANTS EAT PEANUTS — Redlands angler Khanh Pham fooled this 11-pound, 10-ounce largemouth on a drop-shotted Roboworm around noon at Silverwood Lake.

Redlands angler Khanh Pham was on a good morning bass bite in 68- to 70-degree water, and he picked off a lot of 2- to 3-pound fish in 2 to 14 feet of water on small swimbaits and Coolbaits Underspins. But it wasn’t until closer to high-noon when lightning struck in the form of a 11-pound, 10-ounce bucketmouth that inhaled a Roboworm on a drop-shot rig.


There was also an 8 pounder caught by Carlos Ochoa of Hesperia who used a jig in the Sawpit area, and Marty Aguilar of Upland caught 8 green ones including a 6.5 pounder in Twin Cove. The bass bite started to pick up a couple weeks ago, but it was primarily a numbers game with nothing of any real size being reported.


According to lake staffers, striped bass fishing has also been excellent with a lot of respectable catches being made in the Twin Coves area by anglers using sardines or lugworms. Oak Hills angler Chris Jones caught two of them on ‘dines in Cleghorn Canyon, and one of them went 7 pounds, and Angelo Martinez of San Bernardino caught a 4-pound model off the Marina Dock on a lugwom. Chicken livers and nightcrawlers are connecting with good numbers of catfish.


Some holdover trout continue to be caught in the mornings, usually by boaters drifing a nightcrawler in deeper water or trolling a Kasmaster. Fishing for these rainbows actually rated as “excellent” according to lake staffers which was a bit of a surprise given the fact that they haven’t been stocked since May and it’s been happening during a heat wave.

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