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    Big Bear Fishing and Boating Events
    Posted: 13-Oct-20
    Fishing and Boating Weeks, a national celebration of fishing and boating, takes place the part of June every year.
    It highlights the importance of recreational boating and fishing in enhancing people's' quality of life and preserving 
    our country's natural beauty. It also is when Big Bear Lake offers their Free Fishing Days.
    AAA approved fishing lodge Big Bear Lake: Golden Bear Cottages.
    East Public Launch Ramp at Big Bear Lake is still open daily 7:00am - 3:00pm.
    UPDATE: The San Bernardino National Forest has partially reopened for public recreation. 
    Please check the San Bernardino National Forest website for full details on restrictions.

    Fishing Report September 30, 2020.

    Any time of year, casting a soft swimbait remains one of the most fun and 
    productive ways to catch bass. With its thin, oversized paddle tail and built-in 
    hook slot, Speed Shad swimbait is both highly effective and incredibly versatile. 

    Fish reports provided by Jim Matthews Big Bear Sporting Goods, 

    Big Bear Lake marinas opened for boat rentals and lake fishing May 22, 2020.
    The following new restrictions are in effect for lake activities as of May 31, 2020:
    • the maximum number of individuals per vessel is increased from 4 to 6,
    • only members of the same household unit are permitted together on a vessel,
    • boat rental operations are now permitted,
    • Grocery stores, drug stores, and other retail and service businesses in Big Bear Lake are OPEN.

    MAY 21, 2020 NEWS from the Big Bear Municipal Water District. Please go to

    Of course, shore fishing is a great option too. If you're looking for a quick getaway this spring here are some insider tips...

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    Established from 1924-27, Golden Bear Cottages is a Diamond rated AAA approved four season family friendly resort.  Golden Bear's five acres are nestled among majestic pines at nearly 7000 feet in Big Bear Lake, California. Our historic family vacation cabin rentals have many outdoor recreational facilities for adults and children including a beautiful heated pool and spa, sand lot volleyball, ping pong, horseshoes, basketball and shuffleboard. For boating and fishing, take off from the marina, just 200 yards from your cabin. Trout fishing on Big Bear Lake is going well. Trollers, as well as shore anglers are bagging easy limits of nice holdover trout up to four pounds with other larger fish mixed into the days catch. Your vacation lodging experience at Golden Bear Cottages may also include our ever-popular Family Movie Nights at the Pool (as weather permits) on our Big Screen TV with Surround Sound.


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    Verified historical forecast accuracy for Big Bear Lake, US 2004 through 2019.

    Most current Big Bear Lake fishing and boating weather

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

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    Fishing Weather forecast for Big Bear Lake for the Spring 2020
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    National Fishing and Boating Week is a yearly national celebration, 
    an event that highlights the importance of family recreational boating 
    and fishing. Starting 2020 event will take place each year in Big Bear Lake.

    Point Forecast: 2 Miles WSW Fawnskin at Big Bear Lake CA
     34.23°N 116.96°W (Approx. Elev. 6847 ft.)

    Lake Statistics as of June 1, 2020 

    Elevation 6793

    'Length 7.5  miles

    Average Lake width 1/2 mile

    Shoreline 26 miles

    Maximum water depth 72′ 4″

    Average water depth 35′

    Lake storage capacity 73,370 acre feet

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    "The AAA approved non hotel in Big Bear Lake, CA"

    Experience A New Trend.

    Glamping - a fusion of glamour and camping - emerged internationally and came across the Atlantic to North America over the last decade. Both independent properties and global hospitality brands have capitalized on an elevated demand for travelers of all ages who want to experience the positive aspects of the outdoors without the "uncomfortable" negatives. Glamping pivots on a high level of service that focuses on the complete comfort of the guests. The amenities found at glamping destinations far exceed anything recreational campers' experience. Golden Bear Cottages is the place for you! 
    BIG BEAR LAKE SCHEDULED EVENTS for 2020 - available soon


    Archived fishing reports from Big Bear Lake
    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.


    FALL fishing Report for Golden Bear Cottages guests -- October 1, 2018

     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.

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    Join the National Fishing and Boating events

    Actress  Jane Seymour, has a prescription for your family: Go Fishing and Boating! Seymour is the Honorary Chairperson for National Fishing and Boating Week, the first week of June and she is inviting Americans to attend one of the many fishing and boating events taking place during the week.  Now in its seventh year, National Fishing and Boating Week celebrates America's love of the water with thousands of organized fishing and boating events across the country.

      National Fishing and Boating Week is sponsored by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation(RBFF). 'I am very excited to help RBFF,' said Seymour. 'I really believe that fishing is an excellent way for families to spend time together.' Click 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 Weeks, Big Bear Lake offers free fishing days when licenses are not required. Click here for info

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

      With events taking place nationwide, anyone can participate in National Fishing and Boating Week. Mark your calendars now for June, then visit for a clean AAA approved, registered fishing lodge close to you.

      Fishing and boating can play a key role in helping parents get their kids outdoors and in better touch with nature and it's more important than ever before. Fishing and boating has a positive effect on our families.


    Big Bear Lake 2019 Summer/Fall Events

    Boating Information:
    Boating is permitted on Big Bear Lake. All types of boating activity is allowed including: water skiing, sailing, fishing, personal watercraft, float tubes, kayaking, canoeing and sailboarding. The maximum boat length is 26', and all vessels must have a boat permit for Big Bear Lake.  Privately owned boats can be launched or you can rent one from a local marina. The District has two public launch ramps on the North shore of the Lake where there is no cost for launching.          Boat Permit Fees

    Swimming Information: Swimming is allowed within 50' feet of shore, unless otherwise posted. 
    There is a designated 'Swim Beach' at Meadow Park.
    Fishing: Big Bear Lake is a trophy rainbow trout fishery and also boasts a large population of largemouth and smallmouth bass, catfish, crappie, bluegill, and pumpkinseed.  The Lake is stocked regularly throughout the year by the California Department of Fish & Game. In 1996 alone, the department stocked more than 545,000 trout. The Fishing Association of Big Bear Lake also stocks trout in conjunction with its annual May Trout Classic.  MWD cooperates with the Association in sponsoring a fall plant of catfish and trout.  

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