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Angler Chronicles in Big Bear Lake

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Southern California's Best Fishing

The most popular species of fish found in Big Bear Lake is rainbow trout. Big Bear Lake serves as a first-rate trout fishery habitat because its depths allow the fish to thrive, even in the heat of summer. One of the best ways to track down this healthy population of trout is by down rigging deeper waters and trolling leadcore lines at three colors or more. The west end of the lake tends to see a majority of the action during the summer months. Shore anglers fishing near the dam will have success with slip bobber setups with power bait or live bait at 15 to 18 feet.

Summertime generates action from other species, namely largemouth bass. The aggressive northern bass start to get hungry after their mid-summer spawn and will attack just about anything thrown in their direction. Crank baits such as, Rapala Husky Jerks, Luhr Jensen Mini Speed Traps, and plastics fished Carolina or Texas style near docks, rocks and weed beds get good results. Some of the hot spots for bass fishing are Eagle Point and Grout Bay.

Please remember to abide by fishing limits was it comes to all fish species. This is very important in maintaining the bass population in Big Bear Lake so everyone can enjoy catching them.

Big Bear Lake Fishing limits infographic

Channel catfish are fished throughout the summer. These fish inhale stink baits, mackerel, shrimp or chicken livers, and are on the prowl for a good meal both day and night, so fishing is good all day long. Catfish are primarily found on the east end of the lake near Stanfield cutoff and the East Boat Public Launch Ramp.

There are a variety of panfish in Big Bear Lake such as bluegill, pumpkinseed, and crappie found in and around the south shore, especially at the marina docks.

Fishing licenses and tackle can be purchased at any marina and many local shops including Big Bear Sporting Goods. We'll be sure to update everyone when boat rentals and fishing charters are open again!

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