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Fishing and Charter Information Updated: August 21, 2014.
August 21 Fishing Repost , 2014 By trish at Lucky Bear Fishing Charters
Fine times catching rainbow trout on Big Bear Lake in the summertime!
We're in the warmest days of summer and the trout are biting well. We trolled the entire west end of the lake for over 40 hours this past week. The best bite was from Trout Alley to the dam and many fish were caught out in the middle from Boulder Bay and over along the north shore from Grays Landing to the dam. We averaged 10-15 fish within three hours and many nice size hard fighters in the 1.75-2.25lb range. Down riggers were at 4-8 feet and 12-17 feet the entire week. Leaded lines at 3-4 colors. Flat lining flies at times and various Rapalas and Rebels were hitting- particularly chrome with orange or gold and orange along with a variety of deep green colors/patterns. Hottest lures were Little Warriors in Green Gobie/copper and Heavens Door/copper, various UV Needlefish, watermelon and pearl bikini Needlefish, PK Lures hot new lightweight prototype in gold with orange dots. Variety of dodgers, flashers and some made from walleye or salmon spoons trailing a night crawler on a 8″ leader. We change up our rigs and lures OFTEN and while doing so many fish are hitting. Try UV/GLOW finishes or rattling/vibrating lures and attractors. The past three seasons we have added a huge selection with a wide variety of styles and types of lures and goodies that are creating more site and sound and believe they are helping to produce more than scent does! We've been into doubles, triples and even two quads this past week. There is nothing funner or more exciting than multiple fish on at the same time and landing them all is extremely rewarding! Speed of the boat does matter at times when the fish take a break or seem to have lock jaw momentarily. We tend to do extreme slow or faster troll and make hard and quicker turns occasionally to get the lures to drop and attract the lazy or less active fish. Letting the leaded line out a color or two and bringing it back up is the captains favorite past time lately and it works most times. It's a fine time to be in Big Bear where the temperatures are 10-20 degrees cooler and the air is fresh and skies are blue. Please call Pleasure Point Marina for pontoon rentals at 909-866-2455, Golden Bear Cottages for lodging 800-461-1023 GoldenBearCottages.com and Lucky Bear Fishing Charters 909-866-7303 for guided fishing trips
Big Bear Lake has an abundance of trout.The secret is out and "YES" we have been dumping truckloads of trout in Big Bear Lake. Along with Fish and Wildlife's scheduled stockings, the Big Bear Lake Water District has purchased 4 additional loads to date. The trout fishing has been good to excellent depending on your skill level and time off work. Trollers with Rapalas and needle fish are cleaning up on fish up to 5lbs. Shore anglers are doing well with a slip sinker rig and dough baits. The lake is stratifying (layering) as we speak and a slip bobber rig is going to be the ticket very soon. The lake had a small algae bloom which impaired clarity a bit and as we layer we will see better clarity. Choose your colors according to the current conditions. Lights when it is light and darks when it is dark. Bass are flying off the nests and are going postal on your offerings. They are moving onto structure and finding the perfect ambush point to spank your bait. Crappie went nuts for the last couple weeks and are slowing a bit but still getting some great reports of nice sized slabs showing on meal worms and mini jigs. A lot of the rock piles are high and dry to edges and ledges are where to find them before they suspend for the summer. Bluegill are doing great for the last couple years and this year should be even better. A few nice fish showing on the old bobber and worm trick seems to fool them every time. Catfish are still a little quiet but with the water temps rising into the mid 60's they are gearing up to boil on your stink baits.
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Big Bear Lake is warming up and the rainbow trout are playing hard to get! The past week has brought spectacular weather and great times for all out on the lake before the summer crowds arrive. The rainbow trout have been much harder to locate and a challenge to get them to the boat! We spent 27 hours this past week trolling all over the west end of the lake. Majority of our fish were caught along the south shore from Gilner Pt to Boulder Bay and along the north shore from the Dam to Grays Landing. No particular depths stay true from day to day or hour to hour! We caught all our fish from the surface to 24 feet. Night crawlers, various Rapalas, Little Warrior Heavens Door/Gold, Scorpian Stinger Purple Frog/Copper, Excel Gold Red Head Kokanee and Pink/Purple Tasmanian Devils were the hottest all week. Leaded lines were at 3-4 colors and down riggers at 3-4, 12-15 and 19-24 and adjusted constantly throughout the week. Rapalas hit on and off flat lining the surface. Many 2-3lb quality rainbow trout have been caught daily and each 3 hour trip is averaging 5-10 fish landed and lots of action with several fish getting off before being landed at the net! It's been a week full of pressure trying to get the fish ON the hook and to the boat. Patience, consistent reeling and respecting when the trout fights and letting them wear out has made the fishing extra fun and a great learning experience. We have tried many different rigs, lures, bait and leaders to figure out how to make each trip a success and getting outside the box and being flexible with location and realizing that timing is sometimes everything when fishing. Patience, determination and appreciation of all the little things going on while fishing has made the transition from spring into summer a time to remember. This is a perfect time to get up to Big Bear Lake where the skies are clear and blue, temperatures are mild and the scenery is incredible. Call Lucky Bear Fishing Charters at 909-866-7303 for guided fishing charters.
Fishing Report June 7, 2014
Summer's coming and the rainbow trout are biting on Big Bear Lake!
This past week brought QUALITY size rainbow trout and decent fishing any time of day for us. Late morning and mid day seemed to be the best times overall for conditions and number of fish caught. We trolled the south shore from Gilner Pt to Papoose Bay and most the rainbow trout were hitting from 3ft-15ft from Metcalf Bay to Boulder Bay. Night crawlers were the hottest ticket and at the top of the menu all week long. Detail in the rigging/leaders, quality bait and patience when reeling in all helped when trying to keep the fish on the hook! Varying speed and turns also kept us getting into doubles and triples most trips. Little Warrior spoons in Green and Gold Gobie with silver finish when bright out, Scorpian Stinger spoons in Cat Dog and Purple Frog with copper finish when darker out , Tasmanian Devils in Pink/Purple and Yellow/Orange all at 3 colors on the leaded lines. Olive Flies, PK Lures Prototype Flies and Rapalas in various patterns in shades of greens on the surface. Night Crawlers from 3ft-19ft on the down riggers. We trolled 21 hours this past week and averaged 7-18 fish on each three hour trip. The trout are fighting hard and many ranged 2-3lbs. On June 4th we took eight Boy Scouts out and they each landed 2 fish within 3 hours no problem following great instructions and working as a team during double hookups! The weather is spectacular and the fish are biting. Call Lucky Bear Fishing Charters at 909-866-7303 for guided fishing charters on Big Bear Lake.
Fishing Report May 30, 2014
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.
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. GoldenBearCottages.com and Lucky Bear Fishing Charters 909-866-7303 for guided fishing trips.http://www.luckybearfishing.com/memorial-day-weekend-on-big-bear-lakeFishing Report May 22, 2014
We managed to find most fish in the rougher conditions up near the surface or down deeper. The past week we spent 15 hours on the lake and all our rainbow trout were caught trolling from Metcalf Bay to Papoose Bay and between Gilner Pt and Windy Pt. Flies and Rapalas on the surface particularly when the slight wind and ripple picks up across the lake. Down riggers were hitting at 4- 6, 19, 21 and 23 feet and leaded lines were at 3-4 colors. The hottest lures were CD-3 and CD-5 Rapalas in various patterns, Little Warriors in Green and Gold Gobie with silver or gold backs, various PK Lures Flies prototypes and a variety of flashers/dodgers with night crawlers. Not enough consistency with many lure patterns so not worth mentioning specific colors/patterns. Worth noting that many lures/flashers/dodgers we used were in green and purple shades and silver/copper/gold finishes all hit. What's important is to continuously switch up as the conditions and sun/clouds changes brightness throughout the day. Varying leaders, speed and turns will help put the fish on the lines when the trout won't bite! Don't always follow the norm when the fish are not biting. Some very bright lures hit while darker out and gobie, perch, baby bass patterns were workin well at moments and could rarely get the brown, rainbow trout or firetiger to hit. We averaged 12 fish in three hours and ran about 30 different lures/rigs on 5-6 lines per trip. The bite has been hard to call with time of day and extreme differences with the winds. We had a 4 fish 3 hour trip on this past Thursday and Linda Ankrom from San Diego landed a beautiful 4.32lb lunker on this lower count trip. Then we had a 22 fish 4 hour trip on Saturday during the May Trout Classic. Both of these trips mentioned were late morning-mid day, similar wind conditions and we covered same locations and used similar variety of lures and night crawlers. The moon has been BRIGHT and winds not always favorable but we are catching by switching up often and sticking in the areas where we initially get more than one hit because beggars can't be choosers when you're dealing with GUSTS or LACK of wind. Plan to spend a little extra time if possible and you can never have enough in your fishing pantry or arsenal to catch the rainbow trout. We ran about 70 lures/rigs, two different size crawlers and three different scents during the past four trips. This is a wonderful time of year to visit and fish on Big Bear Lake the scenery is gorgeous and weather is spectacular. Please call Pleasure Point Marina for pontoon rentals at 909-866-2455, Golden Bear Cottages for lodging 800-461-1023 GoldenBearCottages.com and Lucky Bear Fishing Charters 909-866-7303 for guided fishing trips.
Fishing Report -- May 17, 2014
This weekend is the 32nd annual Jim Hall May Trout Classic. Large stocks of trout have been going in the lake every week for the last month with fish up to 8lbs. The boaters are fishing North Shore from the buoy line up to the North Shore landing in 8-15 feet of water. Needle fish in brass or pearl essence have been working great as well as night crawlers. Shore fisherman are fish by the Dam in 20-22 feet of water and casting 60 feet from shore with 3 foot leaders and a variety of powerbaits. Small mouth have picked up around China Island on a variety of plastics. Crappie and Bluegill are slow still but fish the dogs with earth colored jigs and you will find a few. Catfish has picked up with most catches being Bullheads and Channel Cats but there are a few Blues being caught as well. Mackerel and Catfish Stinkbait seem to be the best baits. Water Temperatures are between 54degrees.
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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. Warm water fish are still in hibernation except a tickle of pre-spawn bass activity.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2013 ARCHIVED FISHING REPORTS
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
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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
2013 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.
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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.
Archived: Lucky Bear Fishing Report 6/24/13
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: Lucky Bear Fishing Report FOR BIG BEAR LAKE 6/14/13
Trolling for rainbow trout took many hits and misses this past week with conditions. It could be a 10 fish trip or a 2 fish trip in three hours. Mother nature has taken control at times and we have stepped up our creativity and stayed determined. From the heat to winds and even weeds we were on our toes and workin hard to get the fish on the lines. Good news many quality size bows ranging from 2-3 lbs were caught this past week. Noah Thomas from Palm Desert and PK Lures are starting off the Lucky Lunker 2013 contest. Noah practiced patience and finesse as he reeled in his beautiful lunker. The hard fighter was caught trolling near the west ramp on 6/8/13 on a PK flutter fish prototype. At 19" and 2lb 13oz it's a great start to the season long contest. We spent over 35 hours trolling this past week from observatory and Lagunita Lodge all the way to the dam. Best spots were Gray's Landing, West Ramp and Trout Alley. Our nicest fish were caught on the west end and many smaller stocked fish were caught east of Gilner/Windy Points. We used a huge variety of lures and only several were consistent. Night crawlers had their moments too. Hottest lures were Little Warriors in Barney/Silver, Heavens Door/Copper, Hot Banana Glow and Rotten Muffin Glow. UV Red Needlefish, various Brown Trout Rapalas and PK Lures prototype flutter fish. Many other lures were hit most with pink, purple and lots of silver finishes worked. Most fish hit at 10 and 19-21 feet on down riggers and 2-3 colors on leaded lines. Surface showed little to NO action unless we used a salmon spoon/flasher with night crawler. It's been a week full of unpredictable conditions but with extra effort willingness to try different locations and times of day you should get your limit. Important to also check lines and change up lures every 15 minutes if you're not getting any action. Fish are all over and not much is consistent yet. Weather and temperatures have been nice and scenery has been incredible. Many eagles out soaring overhead. There's no finer time to come up and enjoy some fishing and relaxation and the chance of landing a trophy size trout. Go to Big Bear Sporting Goods for gear and tips 909-866-3222, Pleasure Point Marina for pontoon, kayak and slip rentals 909-866-2455, Capt John's Fawn Harbor for fishing boats, kayak and canoe rentals 909-866-6478 and Lucky Bear Fishing Charters 909-866-7303.
ADDITIONAL ARCHIVED FISHING INFORMATION: 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 each year.
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! We are looking forward to having another May Trout Classic filled with good fishing and lots of family fun! 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!
Fishing Licenses: (Required for all persons 16 years of age or older.)
Yearly for Residents: $45.93
Yearly for Non-residents: $123.38Big Bear Lake Boating and fishing licences onlineDon't Forget:
Big Bear Lake hosts numerous fishing tournaments throughout the year so if you are an avid fisherman,
don't miss your chance to catch the big one and to win the big prizes. For more information about our fishing tournaments,
or other fishing license costs, visit Big Bear Municipal Water District
To get the most gratification for your next outing on the lake you'll want to visit one of Big Bear's marinas.
Each marina serves guests with a large fleet of pontoon boats that are great for cruising the lake and perfect for a fishing trip!
Pontoon boats are great for all size groups, and can accommodate up to 12 people. Also, aluminum fishing boat rentals
are available for the avid anglers looking to reel in rainbow trout, largemouth bass or catfish. Most marinas are full service
that offer rods, reels, tackle and bait as well as a shop with snacks, munchies, and beverages.
The marinas also have other options to get out on the lake such as kayaks, canoes, pedal boats and the recently popular
stand up paddleboards. Paddling the lake gives you a great vantage point to explore the bays, inlets and hidden coves.
If you are in the need for speed, then you'll want to rent a Jet Ski or Waverunner for a couple hours to get a real adrenaline rush!
The marinas open the beginning of April and stay open through October. To get the most out of your next trip be sure to
check out the marinas and pick and choose the best option that fits your style for either a relaxing or adventurous day on the lake!TakeMeFishing.org/big+bear+lake
Life Lessons Kids Can Learn from Fishing Life Lessons Kids Can Learn from FishingI'm always on the lookout for fun and educational excursions for our family. One of the activities on our agenda for the coming months is fishing. The kids get some reminders about natural resource conservation, and spending time on a boat throwing around terms like, "Port, starboard, stern, and bow" is always exciting. Better yet, while they are having fun they are (unknowingly) learning fundamental life lessons that will serve them well throughout their lives.1. Patience isn't just a virtue, it's a necessary skill.
Catching fish takes time. No surprise here; even those who've never fished know that much of the time is spent waiting and watching. That's the beauty of the pastime. In fishing- as in life- it's not about getting to the end, it's about enjoying the entire process and remembering the old adage, "Good things come to those who wait."2. Quiet time is important.
Our world seems to get more full and busy with each passing year. Even kids have booked schedules; there is precious little down time in modern life. As a result we spend less and less time listening to ourselves think and being intentionally in the moment. The quiet time spent in a boat allows you to reconnect to that interior voice; a very valuable exercise for young and old.3. Getting up before dawn is one of life's simplest pleasures.
Most of us don't see the sunrise on a regular basis; there is something uniquely special about seeing the night give way to the first rays of light. The early morning is often a great time to catch fish, so seeing that sunrise is part of my family's whole fishing experience.4. Persevere, persevere, persevere.
Just like fishing isn't a sport for those who want immediate results, it's also not for those who give up easily. You learn quickly to keep on keepin' on; go after that goal with tenacity and doggedness. Eventually you will be rewarded. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow…all in good time.5. Sometimes camaraderie doesn't require talking.
Learning that silence doesn't always need to be filled and that sitting side-by-side in a boat without speaking for long stretches at a time is an invaluable lesson. Those hours on a boat fishing together, much of it in silence, strengthens brotherly (and friendship!) bonds. They'll have that forever.I love seeing my boys come home from a fishing expedition; they're less rough and tumble and a bit more calm and companionable. Don't get me wrong, I love the rough and tumble, too; but they all seem a wee bit wiser when they come home from a day fishing together.And sure. The next day things are back to normal. But I know those life lessons are with them always. See more at: http://blog.takemefishing.org/life-lessons-kids-can-learn-from-fishing/?utm_source=vsilverpop&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=septcommunityemail&spMailingID=7006335&spUserID=NTY2MjA2NDU1MjYS1&spJobID=89375324&spReportId=ODkzNzUzMjQS1
Life Lessons Kids Can Learn from Fishing
Free Fishing days for 2014 are July 5 and September 6Provided by the Big Bear Lake Marketing AssociationHave you ever felt the excitement of watching your bobber suddenly jiggle, then dive out of sight?
Or feeling the tap-tap-tap of a bass as it tastes the worm on the end of your line?
Or having a salmon practically tear the rod out of your hands as it smashes your lure? What's that?
You say you never learned to fish?If you are new to the sport of fishing, and not sure if you will enjoy it, a great opportunity awaits you.
CDFW offers two Free Fishing Days each year in Big Bear Lake. On these days, you can fish without
a sport fishing license. Free Fishing Days provide a great, low-cost way to give fishing a try.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 visit us in spanish at www.BigBearHoteles.com
Location: 39367 Big Bear Blvd. (right next to Pleasure Point Marina
http://www.pleasurepointbbl.com)... it's just a 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. It's so cool up here.
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.
Golden Bear Cottages resort in Big Bear Lake California is listed as
one of the TOP 12 FISHING LODGES in North America
Life Lessons Kids Can Learn from Fishing
Golden Bear Cottages guests receive discounts of 20% at Pleasure Point Marina
BIG BEAR LAKE FISHING REPORTS
Big Bear Lake is Southern California's only four-season resort, ... More than 6 million visitors
recreate on the San Bernardino National Forest every year in Big Bear Lake. Over 25,000 of them choose
to stay in a rustic mountain cabin at AAA approved Golden Bear Cottages Resort at 39367 Big Bear Blvd.
Golden Bear Cottages, just one block from Big Bear Lake, is rated one of the top 12 fishing lodges in North America. We can arrange affordable fishing charters for your family or group. Big Bear cabins and vacation rentals at Golden Bear Cottages close to the lake. Golden Bear Cottages is a Top 20 Fishing Lodge in the USA. Don't forget to join our free Fisherman's Club and get these great offers: one free day with each paid day of lodging in any size cabin and 20% off each hour for pontoon fishing boats Monday through Friday at Pleasure Point Marina (just a block from your cabin).
|Fisherman 20% boat rental discount coupon |
Pleasure Point Marina - best value
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 Cottages office at 39367 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Come visit our 2 north shore marinas on Big Bear Lake. Our friendly staff can help you can rent pontoon boats, go fishing, rent fishing equipment, take wakeboard and waterski rides, rent kayaks and canoes, ride the pirate ship, and much more!
Come visit our marinas on Big Bear Lake only a mile from world famous Golden Bear Corrages resort. Book a pontoon boat for Fishin' for $50K June 8 or 9, 2013 at a participating marina and we will waive 4 entries. PLEASE NOTE: YOU ARE NOT OFFICIALLY REGISTERED UNTIL WE RECEIVE YOUR SIGNED 2013 OFFICIAL RULES, ENTRY AND RELEASE FORMS FROM EVERYONE IN YOUR PARTY WHO IS PARTICIPATING IN THE DERBY. Call 1-800 424-4232 with any questions. (more)
Pleasure Point Marina -only a block from world famous Golden Bear Cottages resort- remains a favorite destination for fishing and boating. We feature a luxury fleet of pontoon boat rentals as well as a full service bait house. We are an authorized Premier, Voyager Pontoon and Suzuki Outboard dealer. (see - best value - above)
Almanac 2012-13: Snow Forecast for Big Bear Lake CA: 125+ inches snow this year.
Rain fell as traditional in May and October as Big Bear Lake received a series of
rain showers. Thunderstorms in July & August continued to keep our lake nearly full
and mountain area at the top of the San Bernardino National Forest pristine & green
WESTERN BIG BEAR LAKE: Average Big Bear Lake temps for SUMMER:
average daytime from 72-79 degrees and night time near 49-55 degrees.
WESTERN BIG BEAR LAKE: Average Big Bear Lake temps for FALL:
daytime varies from 54-72 degrees and night time from 25-40 degrees.
UPCOMING BIG BEAR LAKE FISHING, LODGING and BOATING EVENTS
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Established in 1927, Golden Bear Cottages is a Diamond rated AAA approved four season lodging resort and number 5 of the Top 20 Family Vacation spots in the USA and number 7 on the Top 20 Fishing Lodges Top 20 Rustic Vacation Resorts in North America. Golden Bear's six acres are nestled among majestic pines at 7000 feet in Big Bear Lake, California. 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 Come stay with us at Golden Bear Cottages if you enjoy a rustic mountain getaway with your pals ! Our Big Bear Lake cabins are clean, comfortable and located within a five-acre forest area of 300 historic pines. Golden Bear Cottages is truly an historic mountain property, not a five star hotel. If you are looking for a peaceful and quiet resort close to the lake for fishing with a heated pool and spa, lots of outdoor activities and a family of staff that truly appreciates you and your family or group of any size, then this is the place for you! reservation policies
Golden Bear Cottages guests receive discounts of 20% at Pleasure Point Marina on poontoon boats, fishing boats, canoe and kayak rentals. The convenient marina is only one block from Golden Bear Cottages resort. www.BigBearHoteles.com
Big Bear Lake y Golden Bear Cottages es el unico centro turistico de alta montana en el Sur de California que esta de temporada durante todo el ano. Big Bear Lake esta ubicado en el San Bernardino National Forest, conocido por ser el mayor bosque urbano en el pais. Con una altitud de 7000 pies y gozando de mas de 300 dias soleados al ano, el esplendido clima, la belleza escenica y la amplia gama de actividades recreativas hacen de Big Bear el lugar ideal para disfrutar de unas perfectas mini vacaciones familiares, actividades al aire libre y salidas romanticas con su pareja.
Para hablar con un representante en espanol, llame Golden Bear Cottages. Reservation policy.
|QUAGGA AND ZEBRA MUSSEL WARNING |
With the discovery of the Quagga Mussel in Lake Mead, Lake Havasu and many other southern California lakes, we are taking the necessary steps to prevent their spread to Big Bear Lake. It is critical that we enlist the public's help. Boats are the primary transporters of Zebra and Quagga Mussels. Any vessel traveling from another lake or the Colorado River should remain dry and out of water for at least seven days prior to entering Big Bear Lake. All boaters should take the following steps to inhibit the spread of the Zebra and Quagga Mussel.
Why are the Zebra and Quagga Mussels bad?
HERE'S HOW YOU CAN HELP!
- Destroy fish habitat and food sources, thus threatening the fishery.
- Ruin your engine by blocking the cooling system causing overheating.
- Increase drag on the bottom of your boat, reducing speed and wasting fuel.
- Jam steering equipment on boats.
- Colonize all underwater objects such as boat ramps, docks, lines and other
surfaces so they require constant cleaning.
Help keep Big Bear Lake Quagga Mussel free...
- Thoroughly wash the hull of each watercraft once it is out of the water,
removing all plants and animal material.
- Drain any water through the vessel's hull plug, and ensure the area is dry.
- Ensure the vessel's lower outboard unit is drained and dry.
- Clean and dry any live-well aboard the vessel.
- Empty and dry any buckets.
- Dispose of all bait in the trash.
Make sure your boat is CLEAN, DRAINED, and DRY!