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This Spring, Fishing Is Top Of Mind

Posted: 04/01/23

Get ready for some amazing spring fishing

For avid anglers in Southern California, spring fishing is top of mind. Luckily, Big Bear Lake sees prime alpine freshwater fishing throughout the spring season for species like rainbow trout, bass, catfish, and more. Spring lake temperatures are ideal for dropping a line as Big Bear fish are hungry after a long winter season.

Big Bear Lake Shoreline Fishing

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

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

Big Bear Boat Fishing

Access all of the fishing hot spots from a fishing boat or comfy pontoon. Marinas rent their boats spring through fall and many tackle shops are open for business. Once you're geared up, start scouting popular fishing spots on the lake like Juniper Point, the Solar Observatory, the Dam, and Windy Point.

Trout Trolling on Big Bear Lake

Ready your white flags! No, you're not surrendering to the fishes, white flags mounted to your boat let other boaters know to watch out for your lines. The most popular trolling route on the lake starts from Windy Point or Gilner Point and extends to the Dam.

Big Bear Fishing Tournaments

Each year, hundreds of anglers make their way to Big Bear Lake to participate in lively fishing tournaments with big prizes.

Fishin' For $50K - Scheduled for June 8 and 9, 2024. With 5 tagged trout worth $10K each, you could win up to $50K. Weight class awards are also recognized.

Carp Round-Up - Schedules for 2024 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.

Big Bear TroutfesT - This fall season trout tournament sees new and experienced anglers casting lines for the biggest catch and the biggest prize.

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