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Fishing at Big Bear Lake

Fishing Spots: Big Bear - Fish Types, Ramp Info, & More

Fishing Boat on Big Bear Lake

Fishing in Big Bear Lake, CA - See best spots, view where to launch, see what types of fish we have, plus get info on tournaments and upcoming derbies


Big Bear Lake Map

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Big Bear Lake Fishing Map

Fishing Tournaments and Derbies

Types of Fish

Rainbow trout is the most popular species of fish found in Big Bear Lake, as its depths allow rainbow trout to thrive, even in the heat of summer. Summertime also brings other species to the lake like largemouth bass, channel catfish, and a variety of panfish, which make great fishing for younger anglers.

Types of Fish at Big Bear Lake

Smallmouth Bass

Top Fishing Spots

Big Bear Lake Fishing Spots

Launch Ramp Info

The Public Launch Ramps are open for all vessels, motorized and non-motorized. Both ramps are located on the North Shore. The East Ramp is close to Stanfield cutoff, near the Discovery Center and the West Ramp is closer to the Big Bear Dam, west of Fawnskin. Launching your vessel is free, but your vessel will need to pass inspection for the Quagga mussel. You will also need to have a Lake Use Permit. Permits can be purchased daily, multiple days or annually. For launching information in day use and permits visit Big Bear Municipal Water District.

Big Bear Lake Fishing Launch Ramp

Fishing Limits Infographic

Additional Resources

More Fishing and Rentals Information

Fishing Licenses

Fishing Report

Marina Information

Big Bear Municipal Water District Website

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