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Fishing and Boating Events on Big Bear Lake, CA

California Fishing and Boating Events: Big Bear Lake

It's that time of year again. You know, when things are getting a little too crazy on the home front and you just gotta escape with a group of your good buds. It's amazing what a few days of not shaving or changing your favorite t-shirt, no matter how much it begins to smell, can do for you. Besides, you deserve it. You've been working way too hard. Some real relaxation is in order. Just you, your friends, a fishing pole and cooler full of coldies. It's not even so much about the fishing or whether you even catch a fish. It's more about just hangin' with the guys in some cool wilderness cove telling stories and rehashing your foolish antics from previous trips. Like, remember last year when you attempted to walk across the hot coals of your campfire to win a $5 bet. Oh yeah, that was brilliant. Of course you didn't feel it that night because of all the beers you had downed, but the next morning was another story. Your friends had to carry you around because of the second degree burns. Whatever, it healed eventually and made for a good story. Seriously though, nothing beats a great guys getaway to a rustic mountain fishing lodge. No nagging kids, wives or girlfriends, just you, your pals and some good memories to make. Adios, I'm gone fishin' at  
Golden Bear Cottages resort in Big Bear Lake!


Jane Seymour, known to millions as "Dr Quinn," has a prescription for your family: Go Fishing and Boating! Seymour is the Honorary Chairperson for National Fishing and Boating Week, She is inviting Americans to attend one of the many fishing and boating events taking place during the week.  Now in its tenth year, National Fishing and Boating Week celebrates America's love of the water with thousands of organized fishing and boating events across the country.

  National Fishing and Boating Week is sponsored by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation(RBFF). "I am very excited to help RBFF," said Seymour. "I really believe that fishing is an excellent way for families to spend time together." look here for a fishing resort.

  Seymour's interest in fishing began with her marriage to director/producer James Keach. An avid angler, Keach encouraged Seymour to learn to fish so the two would be able to enjoy fishing together. Since that time, fishing has been a favorite activity for Seymour, Keach and their twin boys, John and Kristopher.  

  If you haven't fished in a while, this is the perfect time to toss out a line. During National Fishing and Boating Week, Big Bear Lake offers free fishing days when licenses are not required. look here for info

  Fishing and boating businesses, state and federal natural resource agencies, conservation groups and schools have united to make this event a fun week for all. There's everything from fishing events, contests and boating demonstrations to promotions lodging and activities to help people learn more about fishing and boating.  To find lodging near you, view this link

  With events taking place nationwide, anyone can participate: National Fishing and Boating Week. Mark your calendars now for June, then visit for a clean AAA approved, registered fishing lodge close to you. Fishing and boating can play a key role in helping parents get their kids outdoors and in better touch with nature and it's more important than ever before. Fishing and boating has a positive effect on our families.

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Fishing Reports - The latest from Big Bear Lake
Big Bear Lake fishing report APRIL 12, 2014
Current surface water temperature is 45 degrees. 

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Snow showers are possible in the long range forecast for Spring 2014.

 High risk Big Bear Lake rain or snow days for the next month

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Big Bear Lake marinas are opening early this fishing season for boat rentals. If you have your own boat the public launch ramps will open April 1.

Big Bear Lake is the best spot for trout fishing in Southern California. Not only do you get a great day of fishing, but the scenery that surrounds is superb!

Marina Info:

  • Big Bear Marina - Opens March 22-23 for the weekend pontoon boat rentals. 2014 season opening, March 28.
  • Captain John's Marina - Fully Opens March 22.
  • Holloway's Marina - Now Open 7 days a week for pontoon boat rentals; can launch private boats during limited hours.
  • Pine Knot Marina - Opens March 22-23 for weekend pontoon boat rentals. 2014 season opening, April 1.
  • Pleasure Point Marina - Fully Opens March 22 for pontoon boat rentals.

Fishing Report  April 12, 2014
Trout fishing is off the hook right now. Cold temps combined with high oxygen levels has the Trout moving all over the lake. Shore anglers are catching them on the West end of the lake down by the Dam, Windy Point, Juniper Point and the East launch ramp. Fishing early morning or evening hours is the best time for catching them. Powerbait and Nightcrawlers on a 3 foot leader off the bottom is working good. The colors are salmon egg peach and garlic yellow. Inflated night crawlers keep them from sitting off the bottom. Bass are hunkering down still but structure is producing some Smallmouth Bass. Catfish is slow but Bullheads continue to bite on NIghtcrawlers and Mackerel. Trolling is working well by the Solar Observatory and up the centerline of the lake.

Fishing Report from the BBLMD on April 1, 2014

The Spring trout season is HERE and it is time for the spring trout boil to begin. The fish are stacking on the tributaries in hopes that the streams will flow and the snow melt will provide a wall of water to make their way upstream and find a new girlfriend. However the little bit of precipitation we received was mostly rain and the snowpack is currently non-existent. There is still some time to bring the Lake up to a reasonable level and add to the one foot lake level rise we just received with the last rain storm.

Now to the fun stuff… the fish are biting and they are big, I mean real big, as in 3lb stuff that are very common on stringers all over. I have seen the fly fishing gang doing very well on the pre-spawn fish and also floating bait with light, cold water colors and crawlers are putting fish in the bank. Juniper is always a producer when the water is warming and Stanfield works also. The Windy Point area has been pretty steady and will certainly have picked up big time from there to the Dam as the water warms. Folks are filling their stringers up; all along the shoreline from the old Gray's landing to the dam with big bad twelve sandwich eating monsters. This is as good as it gets!!!! My friends can even catch fish when it is like this. The East ramp is opening up on April 1st and with this report the world may show up, so come early and just an FYI the ramp will be closed on April 4th for a bike pre-qualification run. Big Bear Marina will offer free launching that day to cover any die hard fisherman.

To let you in on a little secret; we have found a source to augment our trout stocking and I may be making this happen very soon. I would tell you when but I would have to … you know the rest.

OK, we just dropped 3,500lbs of line rippers ready for the frying pan but you have to catch them first so loosen your drag because they will be taking some line.

Remember fishing in the tributaries is prohibited when the streams are flowing in the spring and game warden Rick has already said he is on the prowl for violators.

Big Bear Warm water fish are still in hibernation except a tickle of pre-spawn bass activity.


ARCHIVED FISHING REPORTS:  Provided by the Big Bear Lake Marketing Association

Lucky Bear Fishing Charters, OCTOBER 18, 2013

Although the past week brought cooler weather and tougher fishing conditions it was well worth the effort to bundle up and venture out on the hunt for the hungry, aggressive ones.   There's nothing like trolling around gorgeous Big Bear Lake in the fall.  While fishing for rainbow trout you will enjoy the incredible color changes in foliage around the shore, bright blue skies and crisp air with the hint of wood burning in the cabin stoves around the lake.  Every trip has been blessed with eagle sightings lately.   Just spend a few hours along the shore or on a boat fishing Big Bear Lake this time of year and you should be hooked for life!  Several very nice size hard fighters right under 3lbs were landed in past days and all the trout that hit were feisty.  It was slim pickin' as far as locations where we could find the most aggressive and active fish.  The trout are all over the lake now, adjusting to the dramatic change in temps.  They are well fed and still a bit touchy and acting finicky at times.  Dozens of night crawlers were snatched right off the hooks and many hits on lures running on the leaded lines.  We covered lots of territory some trips but always found ourselves back at the same HOT spots.  Metcalf Bay (near Golden Bear Cottages), Windy Point and Gilner Point is where the majority of the trout were caught.  We averaged 12 fish in three hours.  Hottest lures have been UV red and Watermelon Needlefish, Green Gobie in copper or silver and Heavens Door copper Little Warriors, various smaller Rapalas on the surface, PK Lures Flutter Fish and flies,  flo pink Macks Wedding Rings re-rigged with glow beads and tipped with a night crawler and various dodgers/flashers with night crawlers on 8-14″ leaders.   Leaded lines hit most at 4 colors and down riggers at 3, 12 and 22 feet.  Vary speed and turn to get the fish aggressive and on the hook.   Patience and letting the fish fight is key to catching and never assume that the fish is small or not on the line.  The three biggest fish of the week hit delicately, fought hard and then played possum at times!   Be aware and check lures for weed often and crawlers must be watched closely for strikes.   Some trips we got into great consistency and others each fish came in on a different lure or rig.  So variety, determination, flexibility with locations has been vital to making the day go easy.  Never feel your failing and always keep trying and stay creative and positive - you will catch your limit!  Make sure to have fresh line, sharp hooks a good net and great selection of bait and lures there is a great chance of landing a lunker now.  Most important- prepare and dress warm and always think safety FIRST.  Also, plenty of snacks and drinks/water always make fishing extra enjoyable this time of year.  Lucky Bear Fishing Charters 909-866-7303

Archived Big Bear Lake fishing reports:

Lucky Bear Fishing Charters
October 4, 2013
-- Fishing update
Fall has arrived and the change in temperature gets the rainbow trout spunky, on the move and has us on our toes a bit more.  Flexibility, determination and willingness to try new things and get outside the box is what keeps us catching satisfactory numbers.   Six to 15 trout within 3 hours was our average the past week and there was a tough 3 fish trip when the trout were striking short and not hooked deep at all.  Trout are delicate and if not hooked well patience and finesse becomes more critical.  More territory than usual has been covered and when coming into an area that gave two or more hits the best strategy has been to focus and concentrate on these small spots and not be so choosy!  If the trout are being particular it’s best to respect that or you will spend more time fishing not catching.  Most our fish came from the same three areas of the lake the past two weeks but not the same spots or depths.   Along the south shore from Gilner Point to Papoose Bay is where majority of the trout were caught in the morning through mid day.  Then early afternoon to dusk we spent most time along the north shore from SS Relief to Grays Landing and to the dam.  Covering all depths from shore to the middle of the lake is also key now.  Several nice hold overs at 2+lbs were caught very close to shore down at about 15 feet and others were caught out in the middle of the lake down at 20-25 feet.  The trout are enjoying the change in temperatures and moving around rapidly and are feisty and hard fighting.   Checking drags and lines frequently is important too.  We have our drags set to run and checking lures for weed and flashers/dodgers with crawlers about every 10-15 minutes.  Many crawlers will get hit and it is worth feeding about three trout to land one.  Using scent and glow beads has helped get more trout on the hook for sure.   Being active and aware will keep you warm and presentation perfect.  When you get a bite/hit be patient and let the trout fight and wear out while keeping lines tight and you will get more fish to the net.   Forcing or slack in the line is the little window a trout will take to escape!   The hottest lures are UV red and watermelon needlefish, Heavens Door/copper, Green Gobie/silver,  Gold Gobie/copper and gold Little Warriors, little copper Phoebe, chartreuse Macks wedding rings, various salmon spoons made into flashers many with metallic purple and silver, watermelon, fire tiger dodgers with a night crawler on a 10-12″ leader.  The shorter the leader â€" the more action so try various leader lengths.   In spring we had a 3 foot leader and during summer we ran 8-14 inch leaders.  Down riggers were from 4 to 20 feet and most fish hit at 4 and 14 feet.  Leaded lines from 2 1/2-4 1/2 colors most hitting around 4 colors.  Very little surface action but a few nicer size fish caught flat lining and at 4ft on Macks wedding rings (re-rigged with glow beads!).   Confidence, persistence and creativity are great qualities to possess while fishing for rainbow trout on Big Bear Lake!  Being prepared with good gear, tackle and proper clothing and most important think safety to ensure a fun and successful time as the temperatures have dropped.  Warm feet, hands, neck and head really help to keep you focusing on the fishing and good times.  It’s been extremely dry so don’t forget to drink water and protect your skin from the elements.  With a little extra preparation and thought to detail you will prevent distractions and you may catch a lunker!  Good luck to all participating in the upcoming tournament.  The summer rush is gone and we hope more detail in the reports inspires you to get your gear in order and come to Big Bear Lake for some of the best fishing and scenery of the entire season!  Lucky Bear Fishing Charters 909-866-7303

Archived Big Bear Lake fishing reports:

Archived Fish Reports: Lucky Bear Fishing Charters
Fish Report 9/19/13
The weather is starting to change and fall is in the air.  We averaged 10 rainbow trout in a three hour trip and there were a couple six and eight fish trips and as many as 18 fish in a trip so timing has mattered.  All times of day have been fine to troll for rainbow trout but no time has been consistently the best.  We have stayed west of Gilner and Windy Points and most trout were caught in front of Boulder Bay and Papoose Bay and up to the dam and along the north shore to Grays Landing.  The fish were all over the lake and many different depths so we covered lots of territory each trip.   Down riggers were from 2 to 20 feet, leaded lines 2 1/2 to 4 colors and the surface was hitting on occasion as well.  The hottest lures were UV red, UV pink and watermelon needlefish, brown trout Rapalas, Heavens Door and Gold Gobie Little Warriors, PK Lures prototype flies and Flutter Fish and night crawlers.   The trees are starting to change colors and jackets are now required many times!  It's been absolutely spectacular out and around the lake and sometimes we were the only boat on the lake.  No finer time to come fishing for rainbow trout in Big Bear than in the fall.  Go to Big Bear Sporting Goods for gear and tackle 909-866-3222 and Lucky Bear Fishing Charters 909-866-7303.
We have been blessed again with another great week of guests and fishing in Big Bear Lake.
Thank you.

Last Archived Big Bear Lake fishing report:

Archived Fish Reports: Lucky Bear Fishing Charters
Fish Report 9/9/13
The past week we took some more time off for R&R, and each time we ventured out on a trip it remained no brainer fishing!  Trolling for rainbow trout has been phenomenal for us the entire summer.  We figured out the perfect blend between down riggers, leaded lines and surface.  Labor Day weekend was spectacular and the majority of our trout were caught in the a.m. and mid day along the south shore from Metcalf Bay to the dam and then in the late afternoons to dusk we stayed along the north shore from the west ramp to the dam.  Hot spots were Trout Alley and from Grays Landing to the dam.  Hottest lures have been UV Red and Watermelon Needlefish, brown trout and various other smaller sized Rapalas, Heavens Door Little Warrior, PK Lures prototype flutter fish and flies and night crawlers.  The down riggers were at 3 and 14 feet and leaded lines at 3 to 4 colors.  When boat activity subsided and we could put lures on the surface several different Rapalas and Flicker Shads turned on.  There were a couple 40+ and many 15-20 fish trips in the past week.  Anytime of day has been fine to troll with exception of a few trips we had to work our times out with the lightning and rain.  Truly amazing days lately on the lake and no less than FIVE STARS for beautiful Big Bear Lake and the rainbow trout this week!  For all your Big Bear Lake gear and tackle go to Big Bear Sporting Goods 909-866-3222 and for guided trips call Lucky Bear Fishing Charters 909-866-7303.

More Archived Big Bear Lake fishing reports:

Archived: Lucky Bear Fishing Charters Fish Report 8/22/13
This past week we covered the entire west end from Metcalf Bay to the dam.  Most fish were caught in front of Metcalf Bay, Trout Alley, Grays Landing and near the dam.  Hot lures were UV Red and Watermelon Needlefish, various brown trout Rapalas, Heavens Door and a variety of Little Warriors, prototypes of PK Lures flutter fish and flies, and night crawlers.  GLOW and UV lures are working well with rainbow trout when trolling.  Leaded lines are running at 3 to 5 colors and down riggers steady at 2-4 feet and 13-15 feet and surface has been fair.  All times have day have been fine for trolling and we averaged 6 to 24 rainbow trout within 3 hours.  Go to Big Bear Sporting Goods for gear and tackle 909-866-3222, Pleasure Point Marina on the south shore for fishing boats and pontoon rentals 909-866-2455, Capt John's Fawn Harbor & Marina on the north shore for fishing boat and pontoon rentals 909-866-6478 and Lucky Bear Fishing Charters 909-866-7303

Archived: Lucky Bear Fishing Report 7/29/13
This past week we trolled 36 hours and covered the entire west end and majority of the rainbow trout were hitting along the north shore from Windy Point to the dam.  Our depths were from the surface to 20 feet.  All times of day have been good fishing and late afternoon tends to pick up particularly near dusk.  Leaded lines at 3 to 4 colors and down riggers running from 3 to 6 feet and 13 to 15 feet most times.  Flicker Shads on the surface, Needlefish, Dick Nites, Little Warriors and PK Lures proto type flies and flutter fish were the hottest lures of the week on leaded lines and night crawlers or various spoons on down riggers.  The weather has been great with the exception of a few showers and a bit of lighting but as quick as it arrived it cleared out and fishing remained strong.  In a three hour trip we caught 6-24 fish this past week so timing has been key to the fish count.  Even the low count of six rainbow trout is not bad for three hours!  Mornings are a bit hit and miss, mid day is fine and afternoon to dusk has been best.  The weather has been keeping us juggling trip times and rescheduling some but overall it's been fine conditions and not too much boat traffic thanks to the sporatic drizzle and rain.  For tackle and gear go to Big Bear Sporting Goods 909-866-3222, for fishing boats, pontoons and kayak/conoe rentals on the south shore call Pleasure Point Marina 909-866-2455, for fishing boat, pontoons, and kayak/canoe rentals on the north shore call Capt John's Fawn Harbor 909-866-6478 and Lucky Bear Fishing Charters 909-866-7303.

Archived: Lucky Bear Fishing Report 6/24/13
Finally finding consistency, 8-15 rainbow trout being caught within three hours on most trips now.  Some smaller fish are being released daily.  Quite a variety of sizes of trout being landed and many hard fighters at 1 1/2-2 1/2 lbs.  There are still some lulls at times and mornings have remained slowest.  Late morning all the way to dusk has been great times to be out not only for catching but for the spectacular weather as well. We covered much territory and spent 27 hours this past week trolling mostly on the east end from Observatory/Lagunita Lodge and back to Metcalf Bay.  The nicest size fish were caught right outside Metcalf Bay, at Gilner Point and in front of Lagunita Lodge.  Hottest lures have been pinks and fire tiger colored/patterened and silver and copper finishes.  Salmon spoons made into flashers in a variety of purples and pinks all silver finishes with a crawler about 8-10" have been on fire.  Little Warriors Heavens Door/Copper and a PK Flutter Fish pink/purple proto type will not stop giving.  Orange and Gold colored Rapalas hit on the surface but no consistency in patterns. Salmon spoon flashers with crawlers are running on the down riggers at 3-8 feet or the surface.  Lures were hitting from 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 colors on the leaded lines.  Seeing more people netting now while drifting power bait and night crawlers throughout the lake from east to the dam.  It was a slow start to the season and pretty tough spring for trout fishing on Big Bear Lake.  The past couple weeks we have seen dramatic improvement and even with some gusty winds and a super moon these past days we still have kept some consistency.  Many more fish hitting the lines and being caught now that summer has arrived and there is no finer time to be out on the lake trolling for rainbow trout.  Call Pleasure Point Marina for Pontoon/Aluminum Boats/Kayaks/Canoe rentals 909-866-2455, Capt John's Fawn Harbor for Fishing Boat rentals 909-866-6478, Big Bear Sporting Goods for gear/tackle 909-866-3222 and Lucky Bear Fishing Charters 909-866-7303.

To help maintain Big Bear Lake as a premium trout fishery by planting trophy sized fish each year prior to the May Trout Classic. The May Trout Classic will remain a family oriented event with two divisions for the kids between the ages of 5 and 15.  The kids of participants vie for 1st through 3rd places and have a chance at winning rods and reels and trophies. Last year we were able to give a fishing pole to every child under eleven thanks to our generous sponsors and your entry monies. You make it all happen!
The application is also available May 1 on this link
The payout is $8000, based on 500 entrants. The first nine (9) places are "in the money".  The entry fee is $65.00.  All entrants are given a May Trout Classic hat and are welcome to join us for all the festivities at the awards show. And remember, this is a family affair, bring the kids!

May 29, 2013 Fishing Reports

Here's the latest Lucky Bear Fishing Report:
It was a beautiful Memorial Day Weekend on Big Bear Lake.  This is a favorite time of year when the trout keep us workin' to find the hungry ones and trolling allows us to cover lots of territory quickly.  The trout are well fed from all the natural food supply and the 2lb+ size and beautiful pink meat is an indicator of time well spent in a quality lake.  We did pick up some smaller stocked trout along the way this past week and almost all were released successfully.  The good news is you can figure out and almost isolate where the nicer size hold overs are biting.  The past week we would find the best trout in 38 feet deep in the lake.  Now we are moving toward the center and almost ALL fish were caught between 41-42 feet deep so we are aware they are moving rapidly and into the deeper water.  When we fished east of Metcalf Bay/Windy Point we hit almost all smaller fish.  This week our depths completely changed along with our bait and lures and we were able to locate a few reliable spots that would give within a three hour trip most times of day.  The largest rainbow trout were caught on the surface, 6-12 feet on down riggers and 2 1/2 to 3 colors on the leaded lines with occasional other hits down at 25-28 feet on down riggers and as deep as 4 or 5 colors on the leaded line!  So flexibility has been key to getting our numbers up from the start of the season.  This week we averaged 6-10 trout in three hours and had a couple of 2 fish trips and spent 24 hours on the lake.  Best spot for us was along Trout Alley and out across to Gray's Landing and back to Windy Point.  We stayed in 41-42 deep water as much as possible until hitting shallower areas of the lake.  Some fish were caught to the East too. Hottest lures were Little Warriors Barney/Silver or Gold,  Heavens Door/Silver, Hot Banana Glow, various Brown Trout Rapalas, Purple Hot Head Wee Dick Nite, Sarge's Ballistic Bait Co. Ballistic Baby inline spinner, Dark Purple Frog Scorpian Stinger and UV Hum Dingers in silver and pink.  Night crawlers were working well from surface to 12 feet at times.  Many others too hit and the notable colors were once again BRIGHT PINK or DARK PURPLE and PERCH and GOBIE.  What might have been working for us in the past is not working this season yet so be flexible and change up every 15 minutes or so and you will catch.  Winds have been a challenge at times but fishing is doable and otherwise the conditions and weather are PERFECT now.  Go to Big Bear Sporting Goods for tips and all necessary fishing supplies for Big Bear Lake 909-866-3222, Pleasure Point Marina for pontoon/kayak/canoe and slip rentals 909-866-2455, Capt John's Fawn Harbor for fishing boat/kayak/canoe rentals 909-866-6478 and Lucky Bear Fishing Charters 909-866-7303.

Up the mountain Big Bear Lake is a good producer of wild brown trout. Running clear and cool below Big Bear Dam, Bear Creek also supports a good population of rainbows and, some say, a few salmon. While I've never seen a salmon caught out of the stream, I know they exist in Big Bear Lake. So it is possible. Two trailheads east of Snow Valley Ski Resort provide good access to the stream below. While the fishing is good in the upper reaches of the stream, the further down you go the better it gets and the greater the ratio of browns to rainbows. This year, even before the runoff was complete, I met an angler down near the confluence with the Santa Ana that had caught and released a 19" brown along with a couple of nice 'bows. In the last few years with the improved water situations and nicer weather it could be even better in the years to come.
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