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Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area is a premier destination for fishing enthusiasts. The lake is stocked with a variety of fish species, including largemouth bass, trout, catfish, and bluegill, offering ample opportunities for anglers of all skill levels. Whether you're casting from the shore or heading out on a boat, the tranquil waters and scenic backdrop make Silverwood Lake a perfect spot for a memorable fishing experience.

Fishing Limits

Largemouth Bass, Striped Bass, Crappie, Trout, Catfish, Bluegill and Carp can be found in Silverwood Lake. A CALIFORNIA FISHING LICENSE IS REQUIRED FOR ALL FISHERMEN OVER AGE 15. Below is a list of the the limits of take for Silverwood Lake

Species       Limit  Size     
Large Mouth Bass 5 12 Inches
Striped Bass 10 No Size
Crappie/Bluegill/Sunfish 25 No Size
Trout 5 No Size
Catfish 10 No Size
Carp No Limit No Size

For current fishing information call Silverwood Lake Marina Store (760) 389-2299. Boat Rental Information

Trout Stocks

The California Department of Water Resources stocks Silverwood Lake with rainbow trout between late December and early May. These stocks are random and vary in size. For up-to-date stocking information, follow our parks social media pages or visit DWR's website for more info. 

Fish Advisories

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) of the California Environmental Protection Agency updated the advisory for eating fish from Silverwood Lake. This update includes new data on mercury and PCBs, adding bullhead fish to the recommendations. Low-contaminant fish are essential for a healthy diet, as they are a good source of protein, vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for heart health and fetal brain development. The primary chemicals of concern in Silverwood Lake fish are mercury and PCBs.

Mercury, a metal from natural sources and industrial activities, can harm the brain, especially in fetuses, babies, and children. PCBs, industrial chemicals banned in the 1970s but still present in the environment, can increase cancer risk and harm fetal development. OEHHA's consumption guidelines for fish from Silverwood Lake aim to balance the risks and benefits of fish consumption.

Women aged 18-49 and children 1-17 years should avoid black bass, bullhead, Channel Catfish, Sacramento Blackfish, Striped Bass, sunfish, and Tui Chub, but may consume one serving per week of Tule Perch or seven servings per week of Rainbow Trout. Women 50 and older and men 18 and older should avoid bullhead, Sacramento Blackfish, Striped Bass, and Tui Chub, but may consume one serving per week of black bass, Channel Catfish, sunfish, or Tule Perch, or seven servings per week of Rainbow Trout.

To protect health, it's recommended to eat a variety of fish, choose smaller fish, consume only skinless fillets, and thoroughly cook the fish. For more information, visit OEHHA’s website or consult the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's regulations.

Advisory of fish safe to eat


Please visit California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assesment webiste at OEHHA Website for further information. For the most recent press release go to Press Release. Supporting documents can be found at Documents.