Big Bear Fishing Report


Abigail Elliot from Apple Valley caught a 4.79 pound trout on a nightcrawler off of Boulder Bay. She landed the fish while on a trip with her very proud father George.

Big Bear Fishing Report by Alan Sharp

Big Bear Lake is an all species lake now! Bass, Crappie Catfish and Trout can be had all over the lake. Anglers are taking crappie in the bays near shore on Gulp waxies and mini-jigs.

Both large and small mouth bass are hitting spinner and jigs baits tossed along rock covered jetty’s and near docks. Please release these fish unharmed into the lake, as many are full of eggs, that will enhance the fishery for years to come.

The panfish are great fun and easy for young anglers to catch the excitement of fishing. A clip on bobber attached three feet above a #6 size baitholder hook with a waxie or piece of nightcrawler is all you need. There is nothing better than to watch that bobber dance on then disappear under the water, accompanied by the surprised shouts from a young angler.

Water temperatures jumped two degrees across the lake and oxygen levels remain good from the Observatory west to the Dam for rainbow trout. As the water temperatures rise the fish are heading west for cooler water. Look for them from Windy Point to the Dam now.

Trollers are finding the fish at 3 colors of leadcore, with a few coming on the surface. Bait anglers from shore or boat need to start using a slip bobber (see Tackle Tips page) rigged from 15 to 20 feet as oxygen levels are below 5 parts per million on the bottom now. Catfish continue to be caught in the east end of the lake on the sandy bottom, using mackerel, shrimp and stink baits.

Bernadette Bucnis from West Hills landed her 4.57 pound trout while trolling a jointed Rapala near the dam. For both of the lady anglers their catches were the biggest fish they have ever caught!

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