About Big Bear LakeBig 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 DetailsLake Size: 2971 Surface AcresMax Depth: 72 FeetLength: 7 MilesShoreline: 22 MilesManaged By: Big Bear Municipal Water DistrictMaximum Lake Elevation: 6,750 FeetAverage High Air Temp: Spring: 65 DegreesSummer:81 DegreesFall: 67 DegreesWinter: 47 DegreesAverage Surface Water Temp: 70 DegreesBig Bear Lake Water Level Water LevelFishing RegulationsCalifornia Freshwater Sport Fishing RegulationsBig Bear Lake VideoTrophy Trout SpoonsFishing at Big Bear LakeFishermen can do very well fishing from a boat, as well as from the shore. Fish Species at Big Bear LakeLargemouth BassRainbow TroutBlack CrappieBluegillCatfishCommon CarpRainbow TroutBig 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. PanfishBluegill, 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 CatfishChannel 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 BassBig Bear Lake Boat Launch RampsAll 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 RampCarol Morrison Public Launch Ramp41911 North Shore Drive(909) 866-5200West Boat RampDuane Boyer Public Launch Ramp38925 North Shore Drive(909) 866-2917Soft Bait Lures for Fishing at Big Bear LakeHow to Drop Shot for Largemouth Bass Everything You Need to KnowBig Bear Lake Fishing Guides and Fishing Charter BoatsThere 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. 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