Fishing Quick Facts

Fishing in Big Bear Lake - 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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Fishing Tournaments and Derbies

Types of Fish

Rainbow trout are the most popular species of fish found in Big Bear Lake. The water's depths allow the 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 in Big Bear Lake
Bass fishing in Big Bear Lake

Top Fishing Spots

Big Bear Lake fishing tips

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.

Public Launch Ramp info
Big Bear Lake Fishing limits infographic