Big Bear Fishing Report

Above: A photo of Alan Sharp and partner Greg Boll (R) taken in May 2008. Greg is very ill and has been an avid angler. Alan would like all of you to keep him in your thoughts and prayers, so that one day soon they can go fishing again.

Big Bear Fishing Report by Alan Sharp

Late afternoon until dark has been the best time to catch trout. Trolling with leadcore line or bait fishing with a slip bobber is a must now!

Bait anglers suspending PowerBait and nightcrawlers from 10 to 20 feet are reeling in their share. Trollers going down to four colors in the afternoon then up to one and a half at dusk have done well with Needlefish in cooper and pearl. A flat lined Rapala in gold or silver has worked well at dusk.

Oxygen levels did rebound this week once the aerators were turned on. West is best now as the water temperatures stayed at 67 degrees and oxygen is good down to 33 feet at the dam and 23 feet at Papoose Bay and the west ramp.

Clarity has decreased to 5 feet as an algae bloom has turned the water green and affected the oxygen levels.

Smallmouth Bass are being caught on minijigs and spinners along the Observatory jetty and similar rock jetties around the lake.

Catfish continue to hit mackerel and Gulp Dough on the sandy bottom east of Eagle Pt. No news on the bluegill even though tens of thousands have been planted. Could it be that the bass ate them all? Crappie are scattered and hard to find, but had a good spawn.

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    August 19th, 2009 15:19

    Sadly, I just got the news that Greg Boll has passed away. Services will be announced when they are finalized.