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. Book A Fishing Guide At Big Bear Lake Today!
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
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Big Bear Lake Fishing
Fishermen can do very well fishing from a boat, as well as from the shore. Fish Species at Big Bear Lake are Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Catfish, and the Common Carp. Due to the cold temparatures during parts of the year, the trout really thrive in this lake, and it is a great trophy trout fishery.
Rainbow Trout Fishing At Big Bear Lake
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 Fishing At Big Bear Lake
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. These bass lures work great for fishing for Largemouth Bass at Big Bear Lake.
Panfish Fishing At Big Bear Lake
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. These panfish lures work great for fishing for Bluegill and Crappie fishing at Big Bear Lake.
Channel Catfish Fishing At Big Bear Lake
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.
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
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. Book a Big Bear Lake Fishing Guide today to catch some quality fish and learn about this excellent fishery. Shop for fishing tackle in our Fishing Gear and Tackle store that would be perfect for catching more fish at Big Bear Lake.
Cottages and Vacation Home Rentals At Big Bear Lake, CA
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