Fishing in Big Bear Lake CA is one of the best experiences in Southern California. The cool alpine lake is just outside of the surrounding desert and the temperatures rarely exceed 80 degrees in the summer, making it the perfect place for fishing. Local officials make sure there are plenty of fish in the lake by stocking it with rainbow trout each week.
The freshwater reservoir offers a variety of fishing including bass, catfish, sunfish, and bluegill. Rainbow trout are the most common fish in the lake. The reservoirs deep waters allow the trout to thrive during the hot weather. There are several spots along the shore where you can fish, or you can rent a boat and head out to the lake’s deeper waters.
Here are some of the best Big Bear fishing spots.
Fishing from the Shore
There are several spots for fishing in Big Bear Lake CA. During the summer, most shore anglers set up at Stanfield Cutoff, Juniper Point, North Shore Landing, or Gray’s Landing towards the dam. The best time for fishing is from just before sunrise to mid-morning or from early sundown until dark.
Everyone over the age of 16 must have a California state fishing license. Fishing licenses can be purchased at establishments in Big Bear Lake, including fishing stores. If you need to rent fishing gear there are several places where you can do so. Pine Knot Landing Bait & Tackle Shop has everything you need for a day of fishing. Fishing pole rentals start at only $8 for the day.
Fishing in Big Bear Lake CA
If you want to fish the deep waters of Big Bear Lake, you will need to visit these Big Bear fishing spots by boat. You can rent a fishing boat from one of the many boat rental stores in the area or you can book a fishing charter to take you out for the day.
Lucky Bear Fishing Charters offers half-day and full-day charters. You can book a private charter or get on the boat with other parties. The boat will be fully loaded with fishing gear, bottled water, and snacks. The only thing you need to bring is proper attire and everyone over the age of 16 must have a fishing license.
Planning Your Stay
If you are looking for a place to stay on Big Bear Lake, consider booking one of our luxury vacation cabins. We have several homes located directly on the lake or just a short walk away. Our rentals range from cozy one-bedroom cabins to large ten-bedroom homes. Contact us today to learn more about fishing in Big Bear Lake CA and to book one of our vacation rentals!