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Fishing At Big Bear Lake In Southern CA

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Fishing for largemouth bass, rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, bluegill and pumpkinseed sunfish at Big Bear Lake in California.

Located twenty five miles northeast of San Bernardino, the lake is an easy trip from the city. Excellent camping and fishing opportunities, during the warm months, attract visitors from across the state. The lake is six mile long. Camping facilities with RV hookups are available, on the water, at Serrano Campground. The town of Big Bear offers a variety of accommodations, restaurants, bars and shopping. The scenery is spectacular with mountains and ski slopes for the winter visitors.

Fishing At Big Bear Lake

Trout, bass, crappie, catfish and sunfish populate the lake. At 7,000 feet elevation the lake freezes over during winter, however it is not safe. Ice fishing is prohibited with warnings to keep off the lake.The warm months offer good fishing with trout excelling during spring and fall.

Trout Fishing

Trout are stocked to support the resident population. The lake record rainbow trout is 21 pounds so there are trophy trout available as well. Early spring and late fall are the best times to catch lunkers. The first and last couple hours of the day increase your odds of catching bigger fish.

Other Fishing

During the warmer months the lake offers decent bass, crappie and catfish fishing. Summertime is best for catching sunfish.

Primary fish species residing in Big Bear Lake.

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Largemouth bass Rainbow trout Brook trout Brown trout Bluegill Pumpkinseed

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Camping & Campgrounds At Big Bear Lake

Pine Tree RV Park - 909 866-2015

Big Bear Lake Information

Marinas & Boat Rental

Big Bear Marina - 909 866-3218

Holloway's Marina & Boat Rental - 909 866-5706

Boat Ramps

Big Bear Marina - 909 866-3218

East - Carol Morrison Public Launch - 909 866-5200

West - Duane Boyer Public Launch - 909 866-2917


Average high and average low, monthly temperatures at Big Bear Lake.

  • January 47° - 21°
  • February 47° - 22°
  • March 52° - 25°
  • April 59° - 29°
  • May 69° - 36°
  • June 76° - 42°
  • July 81° - 48°
  • August 80° - 47°
  • September 73° - 42°
  • October 64° - 33°
  • November 54° - 27°
  • December 47° - 21°

Big Bear Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

Big Bear Lake CA Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Rentals & Lodging Nearby Big Bear Lake

This is a year-round vacation area with snow skiing in the winter and plenty of boating and fishing during the warmer months. Whatever your style or budget for accommodations you can find it here. Motels, hotels, resorts, cabins and vacation rentals are plentiful. The town is built for tourists and offers a vacation paradise to outdoor lovers.


Robinhood Resort - 909 866-4643

Cabin Rentals

Big Bear Frontier Cabins - 909 866-5888

Hotels & Motels

Big Bear Lake Best Western Hotel - 909 866-6666

Big Bear Lakefront Lodge - 909 866-8271

Vacation Rentals

Big Bear Cabins and Vacation Rentals - 877 417-6504

Real Estate, Homes & Property

Big Bear Homes & Land - 909 878-5522


Contact Information

Big Bear Lake
Big Bear Marina
500 Paine Court
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
909 866-3218

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