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Fishing and Boating Events on Big Bear Lake, CA


California Fishing and Boating Weekly 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 friends. 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 cold ones. 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 mountain fishing trips. 
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. I'm going fishin' at a fantastic family resort:  AAA approved Golden Bear Cottages resort at Big Bear Lake!



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Jane Seymour, spokeswoman for the event 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.  For over ten years, National Fishing and Boating Week celebrates America's love of the water with thousands of organized fishing and boating events across the country.

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 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 fishing 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 http://www.bigbearlodging.net/

  With events taking place nationwide, anyone can participate: National Fishing and Boating Week. Mark your calendars now for June, 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.

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FISHING REPORT APRIL 14, 2018 - for Golden Bear Cottages guests

The cry for the reel fishing report has been heard. The saying "no news is good news" doesn't 
always hold true since there has been nothing good to report for months. It has been a rough start to our spring fishing, however we are seeing a bit of light at the end of the tunnel as for now.

  
It's very interesting after you drop 12k lbs. of rainbow trout into the lake that people start to catch Rainbow trout "weird". This weekend was a perfect example of just that. The 50K was a hit as folks from California and beyond came to try their luck on slaying the power ball fish. I hear that fishing was good and most caught some, and a few caught a lot, and scattered in were a few real monsters that hit the scales.  

The DFW has been showing us a touch of love and dropping a load of rainbows here and there which adds to filling up every nook and cranny with Pescado. 

The water is warming and the lake is beginning to stratify and be fickle which will help suppress the algae bloom that seems to be hampering our visibility among other things.
Currently sinking Rapalas and leaded line used to sink a colorful needle fish are producing. 

Drifting dough bait is always a great go-to if nothing else seems to be enticing a bite.  We are not far away from the magical suspended fish slip bobbing extravaganza AKA "controlled depth fishing" which happens every summer when the lake layers (stratifies).  The lake is warming fast and this will change everything. Lakes are like snowflakes and this one is melting fast.
Spring bass fishing has been phenomenal; we are seeing excellent size and numbers. 

Crank baits and plastics are smoking them; super-hot bait is the smoke colored gitzit tube bates.


We are seeing a few catfish showing up along with a hand full of bullheads. Cut mackerel is 
also a go-to along with the magic of anything that smells like feet.
The moment you all have been waiting for, the carp are up and everywhere. The spawn just keeps on going like an energizer bunny. Lots of folks are taking advantage of the early spawn and sharpening their skills for the greatest tournament on earth. The 14th annual Carp Round-up will be taking off without a hitch on the 17th and 18th of June. We are only taking the first 10,000 entrants so snooze you lose. Raffle is out of control this year everyone wins.


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2017 Fishing reports for Big Bear Lake 

Big Bear Lake Fishing Report - OCTOBER, 2017 

This may be the easiest report I have ever put together because the fishing is that good and it really doesn't matter what I say, YOU WILL CATCH FISH. Currently Rapala and Needlefish are working well on the troll. The folks using the drift method have been very successful as well. Dough bait from the shoreline is always a good go-to this time of the year. The Lake is packaged full of beautiful trout right now and we are seeing some of the best fishing in a decade. The water is mixed so there is no honey hole at the present time however the fish are moving to the west as the water warms. So get out and try your luck and catch something for the grill. Bass fishing is good along the structure; we have seen a lot of fish in the three pound range. The carp have not shown their face as of yet but we hope to see sprinklings of uglys soon as the granddaddy tournament of them all is rapidly approaching. Get your registration in soon as we have blown this baby up this year to be the best ever.

 

FISHING TIP OF THE WEEK The water clarity is pretty good this time of year so use the lightest line you can, 4lb or less works for most applications.


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We planted over a million fish last fall and trout fishing has already been very good with DFW adding a few nice truckloads of catchables lately. We are seeing quite a few limits of respectable fish hitting the scales. The fish are scattered all over the massive body of water and working the surface when the sun is high in the sky with a big pile of metal flashy stuff and a crawler on your line always seems to work this time of the year. For shore fishing folks, the magical dough bait on a light lined leader with a sliding sinker will produce as always. I like the light colors of dough bait like white and the patriotic American flag; red, white, and blue as a go-to color when the water is cold. Besides, if you don't catch a fish it makes you feel like you are living the American dream.

P.S., Catfish are sleeping and bass are  hibernating

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Fishing Report for Golden Bear Cottages guests -- OCT. 31, 2016

This past week we 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!  Mornings are a bit hit and miss, mid day is fine and afternoon to dusk has been best.


Fishing ReportS for Golden Bear Cottages guests -- July 1, 2015

 Did you hear it? The sound of one million rainbow trout being planted into Big Bear Lake.

You heard me right. ONE MILLION. The blue light was flashing and the District purchased some beauties to over-flow our Lake for this season and seasons to come. The Big Bear Lake management is keeping half of the trout secured in a super-secret location until they grow larger for you anglers to catch a toad down the road.

The carry-over from last fall and winter are bringing in some nice numbers for people drifting from Rock Wall to the Zebra Room or center-lake from the Observatory to Windy Point.

My thoughts are using dough baits and night crawlers if you want to reel in dinner.
Trolling hasn't fared quite as well and water temps are in the mid-fifties. But for you die-hard trollers, the rainbow trout colored Rapalas will be your best bet. Keep your lines low. These babies are staying fairly deep between 12-20ft. Give it time. They will be moving east soon with the temperatures rising.

The bass are still in pre-spawn and haven't shown all their hiding places yet.
You bassers hold tight. When these guys emerge from their winter haunts, they will be hungry, aggressive and protecting the nest. Please remember these fish grow very slow and will be spawning in early spring so return them quickly to fight another day. You just have to be patient for that time and then wham, bam, thank you ma'am.

Catfish and bluegill are still not showing, but the carp are coming out in the warmer
afternoons just in time to get your shooting skills sharpened for the BBMWD's
Carp Round-Up June 20th-21st. A new category for fishing only is added to this year's event and we expect a giant turn-out and even better prizes. We expect those crazy, in the news, read-all-about-it, record breaking numbers to come rolling in this season.



FISHING SEASON IS WIDE OPEN THIS YEAR!

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 30 for the weekend pontoon boat rentals. 2014 season opening, March 28.
  • Captain John's Marina - Fully Opens March 30.
  • 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 30 for weekend pontoon boat rentals. 2014 season opening, April 1.
  • Pleasure Point Marina - Fully Opens APRIL 1 for pontoon boat rentals.
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Beautiful conditions and nice Fall weather have many planning Big Bear fishing trips!

Families, couples and groups of friends, colleagues and coworkers are still planning getaways while the gorgeous summer conditions continue and fishing is the highlight of the mountain stay!  Trolling has been perfect this past week out on the lake.  We covered the entire west end at times but from Metcalf Bay to the dam has continued to be the most productive area for us.  From Boulder Bay to Papoose Bay has been particularly generous with action and on occasion the dam has been a sure place to get into frequent doubles.  Again, it's been a week of multiple fish hitting at once and landed at the same time which is extra thrilling and makes for priceless memories.  Down riggers have been running a variety of custom made spinners with blades from Alaska and assorted UV and Glow Beads we've collected from Utah to Michigan!  Orange, Red with Crystal and custom painted blades with UV, Glitter and Glow finishes in reds, purples, greens and blues.  Leaders from 3″-24″ trail the in line spinners with a night crawler and keeping em pinched off with less instead of MORE has been best to avoid short strikes.  Leaded lines have been at 2-3 colors and hottest lures have been Green Gobie/Copper, Heavens Door/Copper and Wicked Witch/Silver Little Warriors, Watermelon and Red Magic Needlefish, Gold and Copper Thomas Bouyants.  Slower speed has been best and turns have also contributed to some of the better strikes.  Most of the 2+ lb rainbows were caught up at the shallower depths on the down riggers with night crawlers on spinners.  Three hour trips have been great to allow for the LULL that can happen and for the hour that can be total glory!  At times the lures are on fire then the spinners go wild so it's been great to have a combination of different rigs and depths running at once.  This has been a awesome week for Lucky Bear with many returning customers who we enjoy taking to the rainbow trout each season and also a couple special new fishing friends we've made.  We look forward to all visitors, second home owners and locals coming back and fishing for rainbow trout on Big Bear Lake.

Please call Pleasure Point Marina for pontoon rentals at 909-866-2455, Golden Bear Cottages for lodging 800-461-1023  GoldenBearCottages.com




Fishing Report September 8, 2015 By trish
Super end to this summer as fabulous fall time fishing arrives on Big Bear Lake!
Trolling for rainbow trout has been incredible this past week on Big Bear Lake with limits for almost all and several hard fighters up to three pounds.   Summer vacation is over and the kids have gone back to school.  This means the lake is now wide open for fishing as the temperatures drop and summertime activities dwindle down.  What a fantastic week filled with lots of catching and releasing in beautiful conditions and mild weather.  We have experienced some of the best fishing of the season in the past 30 days averaging 15-30 fish in three hours!  It's hard to keep the fish off the lines lately and more are landed as we seemed to cease the short striking.  Consistency in lures, locations, depths and trolling patterns or style of troll were all dialed in and became easy.  We found the right combination that would work well at any time of day the past 30+ hours on the lake.  Most rainbow trout were caught along the south shore from Metcalf Bay to the dam and we concentrated on the middle of the lake and over to the drop offs and several times had great action from Grays Landing to the SS Relief.  Getting into a rhythm and repeating and coming into several fish at a time was simple and countless double and triple hits throughout the week.  Many times two fish were put in the net at once.  Night crawlers on various custom spinners in UV and Glow with different combinations of orange, red, crystal or chartreuse running at 2-6 feet and 10-15 feet on the down riggers were HOT all week.    Leaded lines tinkered between 2-4 colors with Red Magic, Water Melon and Chicken Wing Needlefish or Green Gobie/Copper Little Warrior, Purple Hot Head and Brass Red Head Wee Dick Nites and various Rapalas in Greens, Gold or Firetiger.  All times of day have been fine for fishing with only a couple moments during mid day that lull but with three hour trips it's been plenty of time to be productive.  It's now the time of year to have layers of warm clothing handy and plenty of water as the dryer, cooler air arrives.    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.



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Great Memorial Day 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.


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 54 degrees.


Fishing Report -- May 10, 2014
Trout fishing has been excellent on holdover rainbows and DFW trout were planted each of the past two weeks and more fish are slated for next week. The trout spread over much of the lake. For shore anglers the north shoreline has been the best bet with small lures and floating baits both good bets. The trollers are working the Trout Triangle in the east end of the lake, through the middle of the lake, and at the dam with Needlefish and Thomas Bouyants. Limits are common with a lot of the holdover rainbows hitting the two-pound mark or more. Largemouth bass are very active, holding off points in 12 to 20 feet of water. Best baits are drop-shotted Robo Worms and skirted crayfish jigs. The bass are also showing along docks all over the lake. Smallmouth bass have moved on and off beds due to chilly weather, but are now setting up in the back of bays for spawning. Crappie and bluegill remain sluggish, but should come on strong as the weather continues to improve. The marinas and public boat launches are all open, and the Jim Hall Memorial Trout Classic will be held May 17-18 (info by calling 909-585-4007). For more fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods 909-866-3222.



Big Bear Lake Fishing Report (BBMWD) May 3, 2014:
Trout success is screaming and it is as good as it gets. We have seen limits as the norm and there isn't anything that doesn't work right now (except sleeping on the couch has had limited success). The District has made a couple trout plants to the Lake, hoping to see the DFW (Dept. of Fish and Wildlife) truck arrive and fill this baby to the brim with rainbows. The carry over fish from the winter are still showing up and the planters are filling the balance of the creel. Baiters from the shore are doing well on dough baits with 2 to 3 foot leaders on a slip sinker rig and the people on the move trolling have spanked them with Rapalas of all shapes and sizes the brook trout color seems to work best for me this time of year. Of course the lead core boys chatter is two to three colors and the needle fish combo is hard to beat. One thing for sure is water clarity is off the hook and light line is the ticket to fool the smart ones. Stay away from using rope or large cable because it DOESN'T WORK!!! Use as light of line as you can this water clarity is very good and these rainbow trout can be very line shy.

Bassers are finding fish on deep structure and doing well I might add. Lots of 3lb fish are showing up. Try bouncing a jig or two through the structure and wake these fish up. This season is going to be epic for small mouth and large mouth. We just broke a large mouth Lake record and I know the smallie record will be shattered this year as well.

No bluegill reports or crappie, but I can see them getting ready to have the annual crappie spring extravaganza. These crappie have grown quite a bit in a year and this should be a good year for some nice pan ready slabs.

No catfish reports to speak of but I have seen some carp floating on the warm sunny days. Carp Roundup this year is June 21st-22nd; come one, come all!

Fishing Report  April 19, 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.

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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 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


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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.


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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.


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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 Fishing Reports

Here's the latest Lucky Bear Fishing Report:
 
5/29/13
 
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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