San Bernardino County, Southern California

Big Bear Lake Fishing

Fishing at Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake is home to a variety of sport fishing - Rainbow trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegills, blue catfish, carp, and black crappie. The lake is well stocked with rainbow trout at least twice a year.

Where to Fish on Big Bear Lake

A good place to start would be the east end of the lake at the Stanfield Cutoff and work toward Windy Point. Some anglers report good success near the dam. The eastern end of the lake, beyond the telescope, is shallow, making it poor habitat for trout. Most fish seem to be caught between 15 and 30 feet down. News of good strikes near the Rock Wall and around Metcalf Bay come in all the time. One report calls the area from Metcalf Bay across to the north shore Trolling Alley. Others call the area from Eagle Point to Lagonita Point to the Solar Observatory Trout Triangle.

Shore fishermen like the north shore all the way from the dam out to Gray's Landing, as well as off Eagle Point and in Boulder Bay. Bass fishermen like to probe the weedy areas along the north shore and some of the rocky points.

Much More Below

Best Baits and Lures   Fishing Guide Services   Fishing Supplies

Fishing Map of Big Bear Lake

DFG Fish Panting

The DFG planted trout in Big Bear Lake during May. Future plantings are scheduled.

Trophy Fish from Big Bear Lake

  • Largemouth Bass 5.9 pounds caught by Pam Kalina in 2008
  • Rainbow Trout - 18.69 pounds caught by Erin Dominquez in 2009
  • Catfish - 27.82 pounds caught by Kevin Bremer in 2009. Chris Perez caught a 27.03 pound catfish in 2008

Which Baits and Lures Are Catching Fish at
Big Bear Lake?

Bass: Spinners and Spoons, Minnows, Hellgrammites, Nightcrawlers, Bucktail Streamer, Silver Shad Crankbaits
Trout: Berkley Powerbait, Salmon Eggs, Nightcrawlers, Garlic Powerbait, Helgy, Rainbow Glitter PowerBait
Crappie: Jigs with a marabou skirt, Minnows, Rapalas
Catfish: Nightcrawlers, Mackerel, Nitro Biscuits, Minnows
Bluegill: Small Lures, Spinners
Carp: Berkley Powerbait

Big Bear Lake Guide Services

Holloway's Marina Fishing Charters and Tours
 398 Edgemoor Rd., Big Bear Lake, CA

Website: Holloway's Marina Charter Fishing
All fishing gear and drinks provided on a fully loaded boat.

Big Bear Fishing Charters
 Holloway's Marina, Big Bear Lake, CA
 (800) 8475-3166 or (909) 866-2240

Website: Big Bear Charter Fishing
Licensed, professional guide, new fully equipped boat, drinks and snacks included.

Lucky Bear Fishing Charters
 Pleasure Point Marina
 603 Landlock Landing, Rd.,
 Big Bear Lake, CA
 (888) 866-7303 or (909) 866-7303

Website: Lucky Bear Fishing Charters
Mike and Trish Marzell have been fishing on Big Bear Lake for 20 years. They troll for rainbow trout on a fully-equipped pontoon boat.

Fish Big Bear Charter Services
 500 Paine Court, Big Bear Lake, CA
 (909) 635-7501

Website: Fish Big Bear Charter Service
Curt Dills has more than 40 years of experience fishing Big Bear Lake. You may have seen him on a number of television fishing programs, including FOX news' "Day Trippin'" and Inside Sportfishing. He has represented a number of leading fishing tackle companies. Curt will take you out in his comfortable, deluxe 22-foot pontoon boat.

Cantrell Guide Service
 Pine Knot Landing
 400 Pine Knot Ave., Big Bear Lake, CA
 (909) 585-4017

Website: Cantrell Guide Service
Guides John Cantrell and Cliff Fowler have a combined fishing experience on Big Bear Lake of 80 years. They will take you out in their 24-foot Pontoon boat. The boat has an 18-foot room and an enclosure to protect you from the wind and add to your enjoyment while fishing.


Big Bear Lake
Fishing Tackle and Bait

Big Bear Sporting Goods
40544 Big Bear Blvd.,
Big Bear Lake, CA
(909) 866-3222

Big Bear Sporting Goods

Bear Mountain Jr. Market
40517 Big Bear Blvd.,
Big Bear Lake, CA
(909) 866-2120

Alpine Sports Center
41530 Big Bear Blvd.,
Big Bear Lake, CA
(909) 866-7541

Big Bear Queen
Corner of Paine Rd. and Lake View Dr., Big Bear Lake, CA
(909) 866-3218

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

Big Bear Marina

Holloway's Marina
398 Edgemoor Rd.,
Big Bear Lake, CA
(909) 866-5706

Holloway's Marina

Bass Pro Shops
7777 Victoria Gardens Lane,
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
(909) 922-5500

Bass Pro Shops

Cedar Glen Trading Post & Hardware
28946 Hook Creek Rd.,
Lake Arrowhead, CA
(909) 337-3310