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  Santa Ana River and Bear Creek

Map of Santa Ana River
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Location and Directions:

40700 Seven Oaks Road
Angelus Oaks, CA 92305
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     The Santa Ana River is located is located in the beautiful San Bernadino mountains, near the city of Redlands. From I-10 at Redlands exit on Orange St. and go North to Lugonia St. Turn Right on Lugonia, it turns into Montone and then turns into Hwy 38 into the mountains towards Big Bear. Travel approx. 25 miles until you pass Jenks Lake Rd.-W. Turn left on the next road which is Glass Rd. Turns into Seven Oaks Rd.
Other lakes in the area:
Jenks Lake
Big Bear Lake

General Info:

    This creek is part of the San Bernardino National Forest. You will need to purchase a National Forest Adventure Pass ($5) from the ranger station at Barton Flats if you want to park your vehicle. There are numerous campgrounds and hiking trails throughout the area. For more information, visit Santa Ana River info.

South Fork Bridge at Hwy. 38

South Fork above Hwy. 38

Fishing Info:

    Rainbow trout are stocked here from Spring through late Fall by the DFG. The stockings usually take place from Seven Oaks bridge upstream about 7 miles to the South Fork Bridge on Highway 38. There are also wild rainbow and brown and brook trout here year-round.

Comments and Tips:

Hello, my name is Dustin and i have been fishing the many wonderfull streams that are in the San Bernadino Moutains such as Bear Creek, and slide lake.I have found that panther martin spinners (any color) is the best fish producer for that area.Some good fly fishing deeper into the canyon on black flies.lots of native fish rainbows,browns,brooks,and some strange crossbreeds. Have a good time pick up your trash, no fires, watch for snakes and bears!!!

Hello, My name is Steven I've been fishing the Santa Ana since my family moved to California in 1968. I've fly fished there,used spinner, different bait and have always enjoyed it. I have fish from end to end of the Santa Ana and always loved it. I first fiched there with my father and still do ,when ever I get a chance. Taught my sons to fish there and even my wife, and now it times to for my grandson. I've caught many of trout there from small stock fish to nice browns. I think it become part of are family

Hello!! I have been fishing the Santa Ana River drainage (Santa Ana River, Bear Creek, Coon Creek, Fish Creek, and Moutain Home Creek) for the past 21 years since I was 2 years old. I have caught both native and stocked rainbows, native browns, the rare San Gorgonio strain rainbows, and the occasional mix of rainbow brown crossbreads. I have never been stumped fishing here, in snow or extreem heat. I have fished the river from the exit of the moutain range all the way up to the north/south fork confulence and then some. Great access area for younger people near the road, and those willing to trek off can have great results with any presentation. Good luck, watch for snakes!!!!!!

Chris Lorenzi

     I have lived in the Coachella Valley for the past 33 years and all that time I have fished a lot of the lakes and streams surrounding me. Most of the streams are seasonal depending on the snow melt.

I have found a stream located in the San Bernardino Mountains that I have fished for 12 years which I know you have herd of, the beginning of the Santa Anna River, west of Barton Flats. I fished the west part of the stream west of the bridge at the end of Glass Rd. My body and I walked down steam about a 1 ˝ towards Bear Creek to catch some Browns. We caught several 7” to 10” trout in a short time. Then in one small hole I caught a trout I haven’t encountered in this steam before, a Brook Trout. I was not aware of Brookes being this far south. I have caught them in the Sierras before and was excited then. I let the fish go unharmed and then questioned if it was really a Brooky. When I got home I grabbed my trout ID book with color photos and sure enough it matched the photo all the way to the white edges on the fins and the red dots inside the larger brownish circles. The belly was bright reddish/orange. I know it was a male due to the milk it released during unhooking. All the fish I caught that day where in spawning mode.

Now that I gave you a little overview, my question for you is their a population that is on record of Brook Trout in this area that you know of, and if not do you know of some place I can do some research on this subject. I would like to find out if these trout are coming from the upper steams such as Bear Creek or isolated to the Santa Ana. If you can help I would be grateful.



Hi! I'm Steve, and my friend Able & I regularly fish the Santa Ana River from South Fork to Bear Creek; mostly year-round, except when it snows. Today we fished downstream from the middle fire control road bridge to Fillarie Flat; only caught a small 7" brownie on a single red salmon egg. That seemed to be the 'bait' of the day. Then we went back upstream & fished several sections along South Fork. There are rainbows still there, but they are mostly few and far between, and on the small side; a few bigger ones here & there, but you'll have to work the waters to hook up.
We're into a somewhat unorthodox style & manner of fishing: ultra-lite/mini rods & reels, go in full camo, & fish where others usually don't (i.e., the more remote & isolated stretches of water). We fished the west end of 'the gorge' last week. Came back empty, but saw a couple of 'keeper' brownie's lurking about. These fish are crafty and they spook easily; hence, the camo & you have to be sneaky ..hide behind rocks & logs, watch your shadow, etc. The regs here for native trout are artificial lures and flies only; barbless hooks.
The 'gorge' is very steep and can be dangerous: it is remote with lots of rocks and logs, you have to ford the creek back & forth to keep fishing, and the rattlers are already out. Be careful if you go, but the experience is worth the effort! If you happen to 'see' 2 guys fishing, decked out in full-on camo gear, that's probably us having fUn!

Can't really share any "Fishin Tips" but I will say, Scott's Flat is a WONDERFUL family campsite!!!!

     If you know something about this area that you'd like to share, please E-mail and I'll post it here!

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