Silverwood Lake is a reservoir in the San Gabriel Mountains that is about 90 minutes away from Los Angeles. The lake receives it’s water from the East Branch of the California Aqueduct. Silverwood Lake generates energy through turbines at the south end of the lake. The lake was formed when the Cedar Springs Dam was built. The lake has four campgrounds, two beaches for swimming, and several different developed picnic areas. The lake also has a marina where you can rent one of their boats, or you can also launch your own.
Silverwood Lake Details
Lake Size: 976 Surface Acres Max Depth: 166 Feet Length: 3 Miles Shoreline: 13 Miles Maximum Lake Elevation: 3,355 Feet Average High Air Temp: Spring: 75 Degrees Summer: 99 Degrees Fall: 81 Degrees Winter: 60 Degrees Average Surface Water Temp: 75 Degrees
Silverwood Lake is a great fishing lake with trout up to the 12 pound range, striper that get up to 50 plus pounds, catfish that get up to 15 pounds, and Largemouth bass that get up to 17 pounds. The lake is deep, which allows the trout to thrive, even in the summer. The best way to target trophy trout is to find them on your fishfinder, and start trolling on a downrigger with a Kastmaster’s, needlefish, or wedding ring’s tipped with a minnow or a worm, trout spoons, small apex, small stickbaits that are silver or rainbow trout pattern, and small flatfish. Rainbow trout are planted at Lake Silverwood several throughout the colder months. They plant them at the boat ramps, and the trout will hang around the docks for a few days. If you plan to fish just after a trout plant, you would do well closer to the docks on the southern part of the lake. During the cooler months, the trout will stay held up in the shallower waters to feed, and to stay away from the big striped bass that are ready to make a quick meal of them. The trout will head to deeper waters towards the spring. If you are fishing from a boat, you can troll for them in the deeper waters where you will find them on your fishfinder suspended at different depths depending on the water temparature. You can also hover over them and jig for them, if you find a nice group of fish bunched up together. The bigger trout will be out in the deep waters for most of the year. Brown trout have been stocked at times in the lake, and they do cruise out into the lake from the tributaries, but they are far and few between.
Trophy Trout Spoons For Fishing At Silverwood Lake
Largemouth Bass Fishing At Silverwood Lake
In the spring and summer time the Largemouth Bass action picks up on Silverwood lake. The bass will get super hungry after their early summer spawn and will attack just about anything you throw at them. The best bets for Largemouth Bass are spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, soft baits, and crankbaits. The best fishing areas would be around the boat docks, submerged structures, rocks, and submerged vegetation, as well as off the points. Silverwood Lake is best known for stripers and trout, but it is also a good largemouth bass fishery. The Lake record is about 17 pounds, so you can also set your hook into some lunker bass out there. If you are on a kayak or a non- motorized boat, it would be good to try the Cleghorn and Miller Canyon creek areas. Chamise Cove is another great place to try. The marina dock is also good place to fish for bass, especially early in the morning before the docks load up with people launching their boats. If you’re in a boat, it is a good idea to work the edges of the docks before leaving the area, then head out to the shallow coves. When you spot shad minnows jumping out of the water, they are trying to escape the bass feeding on them from below. Throwing a good stickbait out in the middle of them would be a good way to get into a good bass.
Bass Lures for Fishing At Silverwood Lake
Panfish Fishing At Silverwood Lake
Crappie, can be caught around the docks, rocky areas, weeds, and submerged vegetation, as well as around under water structures using worms, crickets, live minnows, jigs, fly’s, small soft plastics, and small spinners and spinnerbaits will work best. Crappie can be found in the shallows.
Channel Catfish Fishing At Silverwood Lake
Channel catfish are best fished during the summer. Catfish can be found in the coves and the rocks. Chicken livers, sardines, clams, catfish bait, and mini crawlers will do the trick. Catfish will bite during the day, as well as at night.
Striped Bass Fishing Fishing At Silverwood Lake
Stripers get big at Silverwood Lake, sometimes topping 30 pounds and once in a great while 40 pounds, and some records at a scale busting 50 plus pounds. Stripers are good at mutiplying, so the lake is well stocked, especially with the two to five pounders. They also have plenty of food with the trout stocking trucks bringing more trout for filling up their bellies. The typical striper baits like anchovies, sardines, and nightcrawlers are the go to baits for Silverwood Lake striped bass. You can also troll with stickbaits, the bigger the better, to hook into some good stripers. Some good bets are up in Twin Cove, and the quarry area, and in the main channel along the points. The dam is also a good area to target, especially towards the inlet and outlet areas that will attract hungry stripers. If you are fishing along the shore, you can do well around the Miller Canyon and Cleghorn areas.
Soft Bait Lures for Fishing at Silverwood Lake
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Silverwood Lake Fishing Guides
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