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Fishing at Big Bear Lake

Southern California's Favorite Fishing Spot

Fishing Boat on Big Bear Lake

Why travel five or six hours to the Sierras when you can get the same quality of fishing here in Big Bear Lake? The cool alpine lake is just a short drive from scorching deserts and inland valleys. In fact, Big Bear Lake’s temperatures rarely exceed the 80’s during summertime, which makes it a pleasurable experience for anglers looking for refuge from the heat.

Let the rod and reel do all the work as you sip a cold beverage and wait for fish to nibble on the bait. Reel in the big one or catch some pan fish with the kids. Fishing in Big Bear Lake is as relaxing as it is fun plus we have a variety of exciting fishing tournaments throughout the year to really test your skills. Check out our guide below to plan your next fishing trip.


Big Bear Lake Map

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Big Bear Lake Fishing Map

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 Tournaments

Fishing Licenses

Fishing Report

Marina Information

Big Bear Municipal Water District Website

Big Bear Lake Troutfest