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Fishing Is Top Of Mind

Posted: 04/20/21

For avid anglers in Southern California, spring fishing is top of mind.

Luckily, Big Bear Lake is an alpine freshwater fishing haven with opportunities for rainbow trout, large mouth and small mouth bass, crappie, blue gill, catfish, and more! Spring weather conditions and lake water temperatures are ideal for dropping a line as Big Bear fish are hungry after a long winter season.

Shoreline Fishing

Fishing from shore is actually permitted year-round with a valid fishing license. Most of the public shoreline is located along the North Shore and you'll see plenty of anglers enjoying the sunshine with a picnic, a cold drink, and a line in the water.

Please help us Care For Big Bear by keeping our shorelines clear of food wrappers, bottles, and discarded fishing line.

Boat Fishing

Access all the best fishing hot spots from a fishing boat or comfy pontoon. Marinas are now renting around the lake and tackle shops are open for business. See listings at the bottom of this page.

Once you're geared up and ready to reel 'em in, check out such popular spots as Juniper Point, Solar Observatory, the Dam, and Windy Point during springtime.


Ready your white flags for your trolling excursion. The most popular trolling route on the Lake starts from Windy Point or Gilner Point and extends to the Dam.


Each year, hundreds of anglers make their way to Big Bear Lake to participate in legendary fishing tournaments.

Fishin' For $50K - Scheduled for June 11 and 12, 2022. With 5 tagged trout worth $10K each, you could win up to $50K. Weight class awards are also recognized.

Carp Round-Up - Schedules for 2022 have not been announced. Help the Big Bear Municipal Water District maintain carp levels in the Lake. Team up with a friend and collect your carp by rod and reel or bow and arrow.

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