Big Bear Fishing Report: Catfish Record

Photo courtesy of Big Bear Marina: Chris Perez with his record breaking channel catfish–a hefty 27.03 lbs.

On June 19, 2008 Chris Perez of Sugarloaf caught a HUGE catfish on the east end of the lake using a night crawler. Catfish have not been planted in the lake for quite sometime, so this whisker fish has been plying the waters of Big Bear Lake for a long time. Chris is now eligible for gift certificates and fishing products from Eagle Claw and Big Bear Marina.

As for the lake, surface water temperatures continued to rise this past week, making it a little tougher on trout anglers to find the rainbows. Temperatures are now in the mid 60’s and an abrupt oxycline has developed at 30 ft.

According to Alan Sharp, bait anglers targeting the rainbows should use a slip bobber rigged at 15 to 30 feet. Baited with Nitro dough and night crawlers for good results.

Trollers using leadcore are going down to 3 and 4 colors to find the fish biting on cooper finished Needlefish. Surface action has improved when the wind is up, and Alan says to try CD Rapalas in rainbow and silver 80 to 100 feet behind the boat for the best action.

Now is the time to start working the west end of the lake from Windy Pt. to Boulder Bay as the trout have setup summer residence in that area.

If you are “trouted-out” at this time, focus on the species of panfish, bass, and catfish. Lake Records have not yet been established for crappie, bluegill, or small and largemouth bass. Jigs, spinners, rattle cranks, plastics or a good old night crawler will work on these fish–go for it as you too could have a lake record!



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