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Winter Fishing: Rod Bending Rainbows

Winter Fishing: Rod Bending Rainbows

Winter shore fishing in Big Bear has been extraordinary this year. The trout bite is strong and there is extremely low recreational and fishing pressure on the water. Thursday, December 21 was the official 1st day of winter. That means cold nights and short daylight hours combine to lower water temps and bring the Bows to the North and South shorelines for early a.m. and evening feeding patterns. Water clarity has improved because the algae blooms have been slowed by the lower water temps.

Rainbow Trout Big Bear Lake

Shoreline anglers are taking good advantage of this behavior to bring more fish to the net. Fishing from Windy Point to the dam on the north shore and Lagonita Pt. To Fisher Rd. on the south shore remain the most consistent areas to catch these Rainbows. We are even seeing consistent action at Juniper Point early in the morning.

PowerBait in Garlic, Corn and Salmon Egg flavors, floated from the bottom up on a 12 to 24-inch leader, is still the most productive technique for "Bankies".

Big Bear Lake

A few Small Mouth can still be coaxed out of their protective structure by "Drop Shotting" Robo Worms and Senkos near the buoy line at the west end of the lake. But Bass anglers are putting in a lot of time for minimal results.

The "Fishin’ Guys" at Big Bear Sporting Goods recommend anglers dress in "layers" during this time of year. Temps in the early morning range from the low teens to 20’s but as the morning turns to afternoon anglers will want to shed heavier top layers to avoid overheating. Sun screen is still a MUST. Just because its cold does not mean the UV rays won't burn you.

Call the "Fishin' Guys" at Big Bear Sporting Goods to get your 2018 California fishing license along with the latest lake and fishing conditions when planning your next trip to the Big Bear Valley. 909-866-3222

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