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Big Bear Lake Fishing Weather, Fishing News Service Reports
Posted: 29-Aug-22

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Big Bear Lake is a beautiful lake with great trophy bass, trout, crawfish and catfish.

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Take a fishing trip to Big Bear Lake, California and catch your share of trout!

Be sure to get the latest Big Bear Lake fishing reports before you travel to Big Bear Lake.

Fishing reports and information are provided by Jim Matthews with Big Bear Sporting Goods, Alan Sharp, Big Bear Marina, Fowler's Fish Tails by Cliff Fowler, John Cantrell with Cantrell Fishing Guide and the Big Bear Municipal Water District

Fishing Records

The official weigh stations for Big Bear Lake are located at Big Bear Marina, Big Bear Sporting Goods, and Pleasure Point Marina.

Blue Catfish: 26.65lbs, Caught 08/19/2016 by Robin Hart

Bluegill: 1.45lbs, Caught 05/27/2012 by Clayton Green

Channel Catfish: 28.67lbs, Caught 09/05/2011 by Dan Marshall

Crappie: 1.26lbs, Caught 08/02/2010 by Nolan Warriner

Largemouth Bass: 8.03lbs, Caught 03/31/2020 by Philip Bougie

Rainbow Trout: 18.69lbs, Caught 05/24/2009 by Erin Dominguez

Smallmouth Bass: 3.80lbs, Caught 04/01/2021 by Philip Bougie

Don't miss Big Bear's fishing tournaments this season where you can compete to win cash and prizes. View list of Big Bear Lake's top trout and bass fishing tournaments.

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BIG BEAR LAKE, CA  Each year, Visit Big Bear looks forward to supporting Big Bear's 
fishing activity. During BBMWD's most recent Board Meeting, VBB presented a check for 
$40,000 to support the ongoing project of stocking Big Bear Lake with rainbow trout and 
other freshwater species that keep Big Bear a top fishing destination in Southern California.

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by Big Bear Sporting Goods

Well it's not looking like the trout bite is going to slow down anytime soon. Powerbaits and night crawlers hanging down in the 4 to 8 foot range are still bringing in lots of limits. Spoons and spinners are doing the trick as well. Even fly fishing with both wet and dry flies is producing. Trolling on leadcore at one to two colors or monofilament with small Rapalas, spoons, or night crawlers is another way to ensure success. The biggest change is that the bright moon phase has shifted to morning bite a little later into the day, so getting out at dawn is not necessary. The evening bite, from sunset into the night, is most definitely where most of the action has been seen.
The bass bite continues to be a little spotty, but finesse fishing around the observatory and windy point is paying off for some anglers. Choose a floating worm in green pumpkin or purple (a bit of chartreuse is helpful as well), and put it on a drop shot or shakey head. If you want to cover water a little quicker try a weedless rigged swimbait, a lipless crank, or a spinnerbait.
With summer in full swing there are plenty of night fishing opportunities for catfish, carp, and of course crawfish. BBSG staff members Bryce and Bob dropped a trap in a couple of nights ago and pulled out a basket full of these lobster-sized crawfish.

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UPDATE: The San Bernardino National Forest has completely reopened for public recreation. 


AUGUST 30, 2021

The Lake has been very busy with vacationers & folks playing work hookie (everyday) and the fishing can be tough during the boat races.

Although some early risers and owls are doing very well, the banker-hour fisherfolks are doing okay with the control depth fishing methods, but the summer slow down with our rainbows is here.

Down riggers, dipsey divers and slip bobbin fishing style is in effect. A downrigger trolled night crawler behind some hardware or just bareback is a known commodity for this time of the year. A dipsy diver with a wonder bread color (or whatever color you like) needle fish were deadly a few weeks ago. Also, of course, the dough baiters on the slip float are doing well at the dam and nearby cool deep water. The appropriate depth is looking like between 10 and 20 feet, and it fluctuates a little each day.  Do not count out the trusty Rapala trolled in the morning and afternoon when the dust settles. Outside papoose and boulder bay have produced well as of late. A few folk's mid-day in the middle of our independence celebration did very well on slip bobbers tied to the mooring balls in the west. These hot temps are like sleeping pills to our local trout, but just like us after a good nap they still gotta eat.

The catfish have come alive, and the warm shallows are doing pretty good on nightcrawlers and cut material and the good old, almost free, Bar S hot dog. Have seen a few nice 3-lbers showing up with the occasional noodling mouth monster.

Crappie have been slow to nonexistent.

Bluegill are extinct or at least very well hidden.

The bass bite was fantastic pre spawn and turned off for a bit and are now back in full chow mode. Texas rig around docks and rocks or the trusted wacky attack is producing well and is picking up. Soft crawdad baits are also great along with lizards and chatter baits. Weedless presentation is mandatory this time of year and so is going in the trenches. Top water is a blast and effective but is short lived after the sun pops out. A spook or plopper in Bass and Bluegill colors is working early and late very early and very late.

MAY 20, 2021

Spring has sprung and the weather hasn't looked at the calendar yet so SHHH! Water is warming

and the fish are getting very active. Not going to last, something will happen to Ms. Mother Nature

to punish us before its all over.

Slow trollers are doing very well in various places near shore where the water is warming using Rapalas,

Needlefish, Nightcrawlers, Wedding RIngs, Castmasters, Roostertails, hot dogs, cheese and crackers…

exactly!! Everything seems to work this time of year, so don't be afraid to switch it up. Some heavy weight

cage fighters are showing up at the dock this spring from the squared circle. A lot of talk from the truck

chasers asking about stocking, consider this bad boy stocked plum full and has been for many years.

The entire Lake is mixed with water temperatures and dissolved oxygen so the fish have no huge preference

except maybe looking to warm on the surface and shallows until you arrive of course.

Drifters and shore folks are all finding moments of chaos with the typical offering of dough bait and mouse

tails and the secret worm and a hook. Mid-Morning and mid-afternoon are on fire with a little slow relax time

in between so don't doze off for too long. Just remember the definition of fishing is a jerk on one end waiting

for a jerk on the other "make sure you pick you end".

The Lake is full of fish and not people but that and the weather wont last for long.

Spring bassin is showing signs of a good kick off to the season. Crankbaits and soft plastics never fail

in the spring. I hear rumors of a new Lake record Smallmouth yet to be confirmed. No panfish showing

their lips yet but the Crappie should be of pan size this year when they decide to show up. It is always

short and sweet but always sweet. Catfish are snoozing along with the elusive Bluegill.

News flash!!! The Carp Round Up is on for Fathers Day weekend. Come one come all to the G.O.A.T

(just one mans opinion) carp fiesta.

Cant forget the 50K tournament also in June 2021. The generous donation from my great supporters and

friends Monique and Will from Visit Big Bear "will" make for a full weekend of spanking guaranteed!

Fishing Report

May 20, 2021

The world is a crazy place at the moment as will be this report, but who knows what tomorrow will bring.

Fishing has been hit and miss and when it hits, it's a fire drill. Same magic tools are working except cheese and crackers haven't done so well but Rapalas and needle fish in bright colors have produced well.

Nothing to do with a lack of fish, the fish graph looks like a dot to dot, your problem is connecting the dots.

During windy days the drifters have found a decent zone between Papoose and Metcalf Bay with a good concentration of fish in front of boulder. Night crawlers and mouse tails are a good bet. Down riggers and lead core will become a "need" not a "want" as the sun pounds the surface.

We are supposed to be seeing a cool down. However, this spring has been a scorcher compared to the average spring gradual warm up, with that the trout booked it west to avoid a jacuzzi bath.

The wind has played a huge part in daily success, apparently the sun is exploding and causing abnormal weather patterns ( this is the only part I didn't make up).


2020 Archived Fishing Reports from Big Bear Lake - October 31, 2020
Now the trollers are needle fishing to the lake death with a few colors in the water and doing okay. 

Stocking is needed desperately and if you want something done right you know what they say. 

Otherwise we may never catch a fish again. The lake has been beat up with being the only game in town, 

everyone was spiking the ball on every inch of the shoreline and dang near moving in like a homeless camp. 

With that said the crappie bite has been good, it has been awhile since I have seen this many crappie showing 

their face. Mini jigs have been doing the trick near the docks and rocks. Our bass fishing has been great, at least 

for this lake it has been. Lots of 3 lb. smallies and a new lake record largemouth has been CPR'ed and still 

swimming for your entertainment.

We are open with restrictions , visit our website for current updates and limitations. Don't make your plans 

until you understand our procedures.

Water temperature at the surface is 41 degrees


Best Time to Fish




5AM - 10AM


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Big Bear Lake marinas are open for boats rentals and lake fishing 

Open for 2021  fishing reports, weather and lake fishing news below.
May 29 Current Big Bear Lake surface water temperature is near 54 degrees at the surface
Guest fishing stories to share the rest of their lives. Caught a 11.2 lb trout near Boulder Bay

Archived -- Fishing Report October 30, 2020.

Archived Fishing Report by Big Bear Sporting Goods

We called into Big Bear Sporting Goods today for a fish report of the lake. Here it is:

Trolling is good pushing early morning up by the dam with a night crawler in 8-12 feet of water. Some fish are pushing a little deeper throughout the lake with some of the fish in 20-30 feet of water. Fishing from shore from the red house to the floating house using a night crawler is working good or try a Carolina rig with a 3-4 foot leader with powerbait.

Bass fishing has picked up in shallow water, look for structure and small swim bait. Senko and imitation crawfish are working good.

Recent big catches have been a 22 pound Blue Catfish and a 6 pound Rainbow.

Last fish plant was about 3 weeks ago.

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2021 -- The East Public Launch Ramp at Big Bear Lake opened starting APRIL 1st from 7:00am-5:00pm.

NEWS May 29, 2021, Big Bear Municipal Water District. Please go to 
for the most up-to-date information about use of Big Bear Lake.  Call or email for questions.

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Our guests favorite Big Bear Lake 2021 photos


    September 31, 2019  -- Happy days at Big Bear Lake

It is hard to miss this season here at the 25 degree cooler than you. 

Fishing is beyond what we have seen in years

Fish stockings have been deep in Big Bear and full trucks are coming.

FISHING REPORTS 2019 - for Golden Bear Cottages guests


October 26, 2019 -- I can see the evenings are cooling and the days shortening to drop these temps to real numbers and get these fish active again. BUT... There are still fish to find with the right technique and patience. Controlled depth fishing is the only answer and I'm seeing a bit of life in the early mornings and just at sunset so we have a window of biters. Algae is creeping but not blowing up yet, as soon as I see the water temps and DO dropping but the cooling off will save us just as it gets critical for these hold overs. I am feeling an itch and the only way I can scratch it is with more cow bell or a big fat stocking of scales and slime. Interesting to me how the methodical fisher bad asses have continually caught fish all summer and the towel tossers have not. Let this be a lesson to us-all patience pays off. If all else fails try a nice drift through a few areas with a light weight and a crawler or dough blob and see if the bell rings. I am feeling a good fall of bent rods is upon us and that itch will be scratched. Stand by its going to get weird thanks to my peeps at the Visitor's Bureau providing us the funds to make fun.

Catfish are around and biting, use stink and stuff to find the noses of these kitties and of course they are late night partiers and love the lights out foraging.

Haven't heard of a ton of Bass being caught but they are there on the little structure that we have and a slow bounce may be the ticket.

On a good note, a truck load of bluegill are heading our way this week and those are only caught with the scientific method of hook-worm. It's very complicated but you can Google it. Crappies are cyclic and we are on the down and out rock bottom of the cycle but have no fear they will be back like we have seen them before. Nothing better than spending an evening by the dock watching panfish spanking a surface mini plug.

One thing I know for sure is if you are having a bad day of fishing regardless of the success there is more to the story.

We stocked some kitties this last fall and it seems it worked-they are showing up all over 
along with some very hefty bull heads at the scales. Cut mackerel and crawlers have been 
doing the trick and as the water warms, it can only get better.


We're calling all female anglers to the water; moms, daughters, wavemakers, and adventure-seekers, because we don't think anyone should be left out of fishing and boating.


Want to tie a snell knot to attach your leader to your fishing hook? Watch our new video and follow six simple steps to tie an easy snell knot.


Celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week on the water! Participate in one of the fishing and boating events in your state. Check out the upcoming free fishing days in your state.

It's very interesting after you drop 12,000 lbs. of rainbow trout into the lake that people start to catch Rainbow trout "weird". This weekend was a perfect example of just that. This is a hit as fishing 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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Types of Fish

Rainbow trout is the most popular species of fish found in Big Bear Lake, as its depths allow rainbow trout to thrive, 

even in the heat of summer. Summertime also brings other species to the lake like largemouth bass, channel catfish, 

and a variety of panfish, which make great fishing for younger anglers.

Big Bear Lake is open for 2021 boating season and the lake is up over
ten feet from last year. 
The Public Launch Ramps are open for all vessels,
motorized and non-motorized. Both ramps are located on the North Shore.
The East Ramp is close to Stanfield cutoff, near the Discovery Center and
the West Ramp is closer to the Big Bear Dam, west of Fawnskin.  
Our six marinas have everything you need to have a great time on the lake.
Get your fishing license, fishing gear, bait and more. Rent a pontoon boat for
family fun or try a fishing boat for adventure exploring the fishing coves in
Big Bear Lake.


  Autumn bass fishing can put your catching skills to the test, but that's also part of the allure. Use these bass fishing tricks to catch more fish. 


If you're wondering when to fish for bass during the Spring, the key is to get out on the water before sunrise or at sunset. So if you can't go early, plan to fish around dusk. The best times to fish for bass will be during the cooler periods of the day. This is one of the most important fundamentals of lake bass fishing for beginners.  

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Weather forecast for Southwest Big Bear Lake - the week ahead  

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Lake surface temperature is now near 45 degrees and falling (soon to freeze)

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Forecast valid for: 3 Miles SW Fawnskin CA. 34.23°N 116.96°W (Elev. 7049 ft).

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Fishing reports for Big Bear Lake -- archived from 2019-2020 

AUGUST - This is 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.

Storm report and weather advisories

Autumn has arrived in Big Bear.  Cooler weather this month has kept 

water temperature around 67. Fish are moving and on the move looking for food.  

The trout are more spread out  throughout the lake now.  

When the water is in the low 60s is it prime time to go trout fishing.


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Big Bear Lake Fishing Reports:
Point Forecast:2 Miles WSW Big Bear Lake CA
 34.23°N 116.96°W (Approx. Elev. 7047 ft.)
Fishing Reports for Golden Bear Cottages guests -------


We planted over a million fish last fall and trout fishing has already been very good with Department of Fish and Wildlife adding a few nice truckloads of good size Trout and Bass 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

-------------------------------------------------Archived fishing reports from Big Bear lake

2017 Final Fishing Report for Golden Bear Cottages guests -- NOVEMBER 7, 2017

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.

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Big Bear Lake Marketing Association Fishing News
Congratulations to little Ms. Buckner, on catching a 13 lb. 4oz. Largemouth Bass today.


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El Niño update for 2016
The model predictions of ENSO for this Spring and beyond are indicating an 70%likelihood of  El Niño for Spring and Summer 2015 (now 70%). This means more rain for Big Bear Lake, CA in the months ahead.

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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 is superb!

Big Bear Lake Marinas - Contact Info:

  • Big Bear Marina - 500 Paine Ct., Big Bear Lake, CA  (909) 866-3218

  • Captain John's Marina - 39369 North Shore Drive #350., Fawnskin, CA 92333-0350 (909) 866-6478.

  • Holloway's Marina - 398 Edgemoor Rd., Big Bear Lake, CA 92315 1-909-866-5706 (one mile from Golden bear Cottages)

  • Pine Knot Marina - 439 Pine Knot Blvd., Big Bear Lake, CA 92315  (909) 866-7766.

  • Pleasure Point Marina - 603 Landlock Landing Big Bear Lake, CA 1-909-866-2455 (about one block from Golden Bear Cottages)  Visit Website
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