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Fishing Reports - The latest from Big Bear LakeBig Bear Lake fishing report OCT. 18, 2013Current surface water temperature is 55 degrees. Provided by: Lucky Bear Fishing Charters BEST FRESHWATER FISHING IN CALIFORNIA BIG BEAR LAKE, CALIFORNIAAs Provided by the Big Bear Lake Marketing Association
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From 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:
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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 itâ€™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 10-12â€³ 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. Itâ€™s been extremely dry so donâ€™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: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.
Archived Fish Reports: Lucky Bear Fishing Charters Fish Report 9/19/13
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.
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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.TakeMeFishing.org/big+bear+lake
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. ARCHIVED BIG BEAR LAKE FISHING AND BOATING INFORMATION TO RETAIN:
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 http://www.maytroutclassic.com/page297.htm
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 Archived Fishing Report
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.
Big Bear Marina and Pleasure Point Marina is opening its boat rental and launch ramp Friday this week and the public ramps operated by BBMWD will open on Monday. The trout bite has been good in all the bays where there is water flow coming into the lake. The best bite has been near the shorelines in less than six feet of water on Power Bait fishing on eight to 18-inch leaders on four-pound test line. The water temperature is still a cool 39 degrees, but there have been a lot of one to two pound rainbows caught the past week. Bass are tough, but many fish have been moving shallow into warmer water and a few small mouth and large mouth have been caught on plastics. Other species very slow. For fishing information: 909-866-2010 (ask for Lenny Duran).
Since 1927, Golden Bear Cottages Resort in Big Bear Lake has proven to be a popular lodging spot for fishermen while providing a friendly mountain outing for all members of their family. Come on up to the crisp clean air of Big Bear and enjoy a weekend among your fellow anglers as you fish in the highest and largest mountain lake in Southern California! Please visit website for more information about the lake events or call our information office at (909)866-2010 - Website: www.BigBearLodging.net or in spanish at www.BigBearHoteles.com Location: 39367 Big Bear Blvd. (right next to Pleasure Point Marina http://www.pleasurepointbbl.com)... it's not to early to take the short drive to Big Bear Lake today! The fishing in Big Bear Lake is perfect for anyone who loves trout fishing in the majestic, Big Bear mountains at 7000 feet. You just can't find a better place so close to home to spend a week or a weekend with your best fishing buddy or family.
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603 Landlock Landing
just a block from Golden Bear Cottages Resort
Pleasure Point Marina, on Big Bear Lake at Metcalf Bay, is a refreshing escape from the summer heat, and is easy to get to from all the major attractions in Southern California. Whether you want to cruise or just relax, they have the perfect boat for your needs, so you and your family can enjoy the warm California sun and the refreshing water of Big Bear Lake. You can walk from your cabin at Golden Bear Cottages in less than 5 minutes, and get a 20% guest discount. Check out their website at Pleasure Point Marina.net for extensive information on their boat types and rental rates. 20% off boat rental coupons are available at the Golden Bear Corrages office at 39367 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
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Big Bear Lake is a"NEW LAKE". Trout fishing is good in the summer and fall months when it was usually slow, and slower during the spring when it is usually good. Large and small mouth bass, crappie and catfish have reestablished themselves after years of decline. What created the"NEW LAKE"? The Big Bear Municipal Water District is in the middle of a five year plan to eradicate prolific undesirable aquatic vegetation and allow the desirable plants to grow. They have planted crappie, bluegill and smallmouth bass in large numbers. Shocked and removed thousands of tons of carp. Habitat and aquatic zones have been created to support the fishery. The changes are evident and will continue as the lake transitions from the weed choked put and take trout lake that it was to a well balanced"NEW LAKE".
Call us at 909-866-2010 for weather and fishing updates this fall, and to book your rental cabin close to the lake at Golden Bear Cottages. Trout fishing will be great for weeks at Big Bear Lake through the end of the season in November. Our end of season fisherman's special includes one FREE day cabin rental for each one you pay for Sunday through Thursday. Call today, or visit our website at www.GoldenBearCottages.com
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Golden Bear Cottages named to USA Top 20 Fishing Lodges byRusticVacations.com 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 link http://www.bigbearlodging.net/With events taking place nationwide, anyone can participate in National Fishing and Boating Week. Mark your calendars now for June 3-11, then visit www.BigBearCabinforRent.com 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.