Take a much-needed break to a four-season locale full of fresh mountain air, lake calm, and small-town charm. Point your compass to Big Bear and enjoy it all. When these are the major features of your vacation destination, you’ll want to soak up all the outdoor fun you can while you’re here. There are plenty of outdoor activities, including fishing, that will keep everyone busy and having fun at the lake. Make sure your fishing gear makes the packing list, but if it can’t, the marinas and other fishing shops around the lake can outfit you with bait, tackle, and even a boat rental. Also, make sure you have the appropriate California fishing license and know your size and quantity restrictions before casting a line. See the best fishing spots on Big Bear Lake below.
Types of Fish
The lake is an angler’s paradise, with a variety of species that could end up on your hook. Be prepared to hook rainbow trout, channel catfish, small and largemouth bass, crappie, and bluegill. Each species has a time and place where its most active, and local anglers know best, so make sure to ask.
Boat Rentals & Gear
Big Bear Marina has all of the fishing essentials for your next trip. While you can charter a trip for you and your friends, you can also rent a vessel, from fishing boats to pontoons. Certain fish, like rainbow trout, favor the lake’s deeper central basin, so you’ll want a boat if you hope to catch any. Visit the tackle shop for all your bait and tackle needs. When you need to verify your catch’s weight before starting to tell your latest fish story, there’s an official weigh station.
Boulder Bay Park
There are a number of outdoor activities that can keep you at Boulder Bay Park all day, and one of them is fishing. The park boasts a peaceful and scenic spot for casting a line. There’s easy access to the lake, and it is great for anglers hoping to hook rainbow trout, as well as some of the other species found in the lake. Stand out on the shoreline or sit back in your camp chair for an easygoing time at the park. Take a break and enjoy the park’s other amenities, including a bandstand, restrooms, and other water activities like swimming, kayaking, or canoeing.
Grout Bay Picnic Area
One of the best fishing spots in Big Bear is located on the north shore of the lake is great for fishing and other activities, too. Trout, bass, and catfish frequent the area. You can spend all day in the area, as it has picnic tables, vault toilets, drinking water available, and other amenities. An Adventure Pass or other interagency pass is required for entry. Keep in mind the area may be closed during eagle season (December 1-March 31) and other times to protect eagle habitats.
Launch your fishing vessel but stay close to the area. The ramp at the east end of the lake is also a great fishing spot. Fish from the shoreline or the nearby beach, then head out into the deeper waters of the lake on your boat.
Located west of Stanfield Cutoff on the north side of the lake, the area is perfect for fishing, picnicking, and more. This is a day use only area. Stay all day, and have access to restrooms, picnic tables, and even the Alpine Pedal Path. The small park area is where you’ll get your lake access for fishing and other lake activities. Fish from the shoreline while surrounded by beautiful trees and landscaping.
Near Your Rental
If you booked a lakefront or lake view rental, good fishing isn’t far away. Just pack up your gear and walk down the access trail nearby and you’re ready to cast a line. Many of these rentals offer private boat docks, along with some water toys when you need a break.
Best Fishing Spots in Big Bear for You
You came to the area on a fishing adventure you hope to be full of fun and excitement, too. Start making your plans for a Big Bear Lake fishing excursion by booking a vacation rental with air conditioning with Big Bear Vacations. After your day’s adventures, bring your catch back and cook it in the unit’s fully equipped kitchen. Sit back with the meal at a cozy dining space, then pop some popcorn in anticipation of a favorite a movie or stretch out and warm up next to the fire in an open living space. Choose a cozy one-bedroom cabin for a solo fishing journey or for you and your best fishing buddy, all the way up to a sprawling seven-bedroom home for a fishing adventure with all your loved ones. Book a premium unit and get upgrades like stainless steel appliances, granite counters, hardwood floors, flat-screen TVs and more! For extra special fishing gatherings of multiple families or a large group, ask about renting multiple cabins or homes near one another – combine cabins to create accommodations that include 19 bedrooms!
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