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Fishing at Big Bear Lake, CA

About Big Bear Lake Big Bear Lake is a small town in San Bernardino County, California. It is located in the San Bernardino Mountains along the south shore of Big Bear Lake, in the San Bernardino National Forest. Big Bear Lake is located about 25 miles northeast of the city of San Bernardino, and just west of the town of Big Bear City. The population of Big Bear Lake is 5,300 people. It is a popular year-round resort destination, so the population can surge temporarily to over 100,000 visitors during many weekends of the year. It is a great family fishing vacation destination with beautiful clear waters, surrounded by mountains of forests on the shoreline. It is a fun, quite, peaceful, cozy atmosphere for all. Big Bear Lake Details Lake Size: 2971 Surface Acres Max Depth: 72 Feet Length: 7 Miles Shoreline: 22 Miles Managed By: Big Bear Municipal Water District Maximum Lake Elevation: 6,750 Feet Average High Air Temp: Spring: 65 Degrees Summer: 81 Degrees Fall: 67 Degrees Winter: 47 Degrees Average Surface Water Temp: 70 Degrees Big Bear Lake Water Level Water Level Fishing Regulations California Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulations Big Bear Lake Video Trophy Trout Spoons Fishing at Big Bear Lake Fishermen can do very well fishing from a boat, as well as from the shore. Fish Species at Big Bear Lake Largemouth Bass Rainbow Trout Black Crappie Bluegill Catfish Common Carp Rainbow Trout Big Bear Lake is a great trophy rainbow trout fishery. Rainbow Trout is the most targeted fish species in Big Bear lake. 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, 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. The west end of the lake is the top area to target with the most action. If your fishing from shore, you will do great fishing near the dam with a slip bobber setup with powerbait or live bait at about 18 feet. Largemouth Bass. In the spring and summer time the Largemouth Bass action picks up on Big Bear 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 are spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, soft baits, and crankbaits. Best fishing areas would be around the boat docks, submerged structures, rocks, and submerged vegetation, and off the points. The bite is really good in the Eagle Point and Grout Bay areas. Panfish Bluegill, and 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, especially in the Bill Williams arm. Channel Catfish Channel catfish are best fished in 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, and at night. They are primarily found on the east side of the lake near Stanfield cutoff and the East Boat Public Launch Ramp. Great Lures for Largemouth Bass Big Bear Lake Boat Launch Ramps All vessels using the lake are required to display a current Lake use permit, which can be purchased at either of the two public launch ramps. East Boat Ramp Carol Morrison Public Launch Ramp 41911 North Shore Drive (909) 866-5200 West Boat Ramp Duane Boyer Public Launch Ramp 38925 North Shore Drive (909) 866-2917 Soft Bait Lures for Fishing at Big Bear Lake How to Drop Shot for Largemouth Bass Everything You Need to Know Big Bear Lake Fishing Guides and Fishing Charter Boats There are many different fishing guides that offer guided fishing trips on Big Bear Lake. FishingBooker is a service of local guides that you can choose from and schedule your next guided fishing trip. Click below to learn more about the different guides that offer guided fishing trips on Big Bear Lake, or any other area you are interested in going on a guided fishing trip or fishing charter boat. Book Your Next Fishing Charter by Clicking Below Shop for fishing tackle in our Fishing Gear and Tackle store. Cottages and Vacation Home Rentals around Big Bear Lake in CA These two listings are an example of what is available, click either rental house below for a complete list of rental homes and cottages available. Disclosure: This post is brought to you by the Mendenhall Outdoors team. We highlight products and services that you might find interesting. We frequently receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product is featured or recommended. If you click a link on this page, then go on to make a purchase, we might receive a commission – at no extra cost to you, and this does not impact the purchase price of any products that you may purchase.
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