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  Silverwood Lake

Location and Directions:

14651 Cedar Circle
Hesperia, CA 92345-9799

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     Silverwood Lake is located in the San Bernadino Mountains near the city of Hesperia, CA. From I-10 take Int. 15 North to hwy. 138. Go South 11 miles to the lake.

Map of Silverwood Lake
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General Info:

    Silverwood Lake is a fairly large lake of 980 surface acres and 13 miles of shoreline at capacity. It's also a deep lake with a maximum depth of 166 feet. It is open from 6am to 9pm during the summer and 7am to 7pm during the winter. Entrance fee is $8 per vehicle. Pets are allowed. There are some very nice state-run campsites in the Cleghorn Canyon area See: Silverwood Lake Website for fees, camping info. and reservations. (760) 389-2281 or (760) 389-2303 Camping Reserves: (800) 444-7275

Other lakes in the area:
Gregory Lake
Hesperia Lake
Green Valley Lake
Arrowbear Lake
Big Bear Lake

Boating Info:

    Boating, skiing, jet-skiing and float-tubing are permitted. There is a four-lane launch ramp located at the marina. Launch fee is $8. Skiing and jet-skiing is allowed in main channel only. 35mph speed limit, 5mph (no wake) in all coves. Marina (760) 389-2299

Fishing Info:

    This lake is known for producing some very large Striped Bass, including the California St. Record. There is also a decent population of Largemouth bass, Catfish and Crappie here. Rainbow trout are stocked during the winter and spring months by the DFG. Fishing is permitted from the marina dock for a $3 fee. (Children, Seniors - $2) There is a fish cleaning facility located near the launch ramp.

Lake Records:

  • Rainbow Trout - 12 pounds, 4 ounces
  • Channel Catfish - 15 pounds
  • Largemouth Bass - 17 pounds
  • Striped Bass - 55 pounds, 8 ounces taken in March 1996
  • Read and Post Silverwood Lake Fishing Reports Here

Launch Ramp and Marina

Main Lake and Dam Area

I took my 3 year old grandson Dustin out last fri 9/5/03 and we had a blast. I've caught stripers before on Lake Havasu, but nothing like the one's my grandson and I caught that day. He caught 2 and I caught 2 all in the 4-5 lb range, plus I also caught a 2 lb Lgr mouthbass. It was a super day for us, and he wants papa to take him again this Friday.
Jeff Kysar & Grandson Dustin Kysar

Comments and Tips:

    In my opinion the BEST lake for striper!!!! Havent been skunked in 9 trips. Fish are eating yozuri trout lures in the mornings. I have had much success walking the shoreline and casting on boils. Also, flylined choves near the rocks are producing. mostly smaller fish one and a half to ten lbs. GREEN MAXIMA 8 lb test!!!!

     Silverwood is pretty busy on the weekends, we try to stay away from there when the millions of people infest the water. If you want consistant 4-6 pound fishing, take the cleghorn beach entrance go all the way to the marina, pay the man in the trailer your $3 bucks and fishing off the west end of the marina.

Im running a 8 pound test, but my partner is running 6. Line up with a #4 hook, nothing silver, run about 16 inches up your line and pinch on a couple of #3 split shots. cut the heads and tails of of your frozen anchovies and cut them into three pieces. hook through the top or the bass will rip it right off of your hook. Drop you line about 3 feet out from the dock and let it hit the bottom. bring in the slack and take another 10 to 12 inches up. Set your pole down on the deck and watch your line. Dont try and set the first few small strikes or youll lose the fish, wait until you get a pretty big hit and softly set the hook and have fun.

We went out again last thursday, and took 12 4-5 pounders from that spot, if we had went earlier we would have limited at 10 a piece.

Good luck up at Wood, look for us on thursdays!
The Bassboyz

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

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