Fishing in Big Bear

Home to impressive mountain ranges, quiet forests, and glittering lakes, Big Bear is a unique location in the midst of a region primarily recognized for its seaside cities. People come here to escape the day-to-day worries of life and immerse themselves in the great outdoors all year long, from skiing and snowboarding during the winter to boating and kayaking on Big Bear Lake in the summer. When the water warms up, there’s ample Big Bear fishing to be had. Read on below to learn our best tips for fishing in Big Bear!

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In Big Bear, the place to be for any water-based sports or recreation is Big Bear Lake. A peaceful setting with stunning views, Big Bear Lake is the perfect spot for laid-back, leisurely fishing in Big Bear.

With a number of marinas and rental stores dotting the shoreline of this extensive lake, you can find fishing permits, boat launches, charters, and equipment rentals just about anywhere. Check out marinas like Big Bear Marina and Captain John’s Marina, as well as sporting goods stores like Big Bear Sporting Goods and Twin Bear Equipment Rentals. Holloway’s Marina also sells bait and tackle.

You can charter your own Big Bear fishing boat with charter services like Big Bear Charter Fishing and Lucky Bear Fishing Charters. If you already have your own gear and boat with you, you’ll simply need to purchase a fishing permit, then take your boat and equipment to one of the two public boat launches in the area. The public boat launches, located on the eastern and western shores of the lake, also sell fishing permits. Prices normally start at $20.00 for a single-day permit, which can be applied toward a $50.00 seasonal permit.

For those more interested in fishing Big Bear Lake from the shore, there are great shoreline spots along the West and East Ramps, the Solar Observatory, the Alpine Pedal Path, near Big Bear Marina, the Stanfield Cutoff, and Grout Bay. Grout Bay is particularly known for its bass fishing in Big Bear.

As one of the largest manmade lakes in California, Big Bear Lake provides abundant opportunities for fishing, as well as a variety of species to choose from. Types of fish normally caught fishing Big Bear Lake include several species of bass and trout, as well as crappie, bluegill, catfish, sun fish, and pumpkinseed.

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Contact our team of reservation specialists to find out more about Big Bear Lake fishing and other fun-filled sports and recreational activities that you can enjoy in Big Bear when you reserve your stay in one of our serene alpine vacation rentals today!