Big Bear Lake is a natural reservoir fish-filled lake in Southern California in the Bernardino Mountains of San Bernardino County, CA and is completely snow-fed lake that about seven miles in length and Big Bear Lake is a great place to fish for Rainbow Trout, Bass and a variety of Sun Fish including Bluegill.
Big Bear Lake Stats:
- Length: 6.959 mi
- Average Depth: 35 ft.
- Max Depth: 72.4 ft.
- Surface Elevation: 6,759′
- Area: 10 mi²
- Width: 2.485 mi
- Lake type: Reservoir
Big Bear Lake Fishing Photos
Popular Types of Fish at Big Bear Lake
There's a wide variety of fish that is offered at Big Bear Lake in Big Bear, CA. The most popular species of fish found in Big Bear Lake is Rainbow Trout as this loves to thrive in deeper waters, especially during the summer time as the water temperature tends to heat up.
Some other popular fish that can be found at Big Bear Lake are Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, catfish, carp and variety of other panfish, which makes for great fishing times with younger kids.
Here's a quick list on some of the best baits, lures, etc. that the loves to feed on at Big Bear Lake.
Rainbow Trout Fish Loves:
Berkley Powerbait, Salmon Eggs, Nightcrawlers, Garlic Powerbait, Helgy, Rainbow Glitter PowerBait
Crappie Fish Loves:
Jigs with a marabou skirt, Minnows, Rapalas
Bluegill Fish Loves:
Small Lures, Spinners, Nightcrawlers, PowerBait
Bass Fish Loves:
Spinners and Spoons, Hellgrammites, Shallow Diving Crankbaits, Nightcrawlers, Bucktail Streamer, Silver Shad Crankbaits, Minnows
Catfish Fish Loves:
Nightcrawlers, Mackerel, Nitro Biscuits, Minnows
Carp Fish Loves:
Highly Recommended Bait, Tackle & Gear
There's a wide variety of fish species that are offered at Big Bear Lake. Some of the most popular fish species at Big Bear Lake and love some of the best bait and lures.
Big Bear Lake Fishing Map
Access the Big Bear Fishing Map that highlights some of the best fishing spots that Big Bear Lake has to offer.
Observatory to Pineknot Landing
Pineknot Landing to the Observatory
Bear Valley Dam
Boulder Bay Park
Big Bear Lake Map
Download a high resolution map of Big Bear Lake to help map out your next fishing adventure at Big Bear Lake.
Best Fishing Spots at Big Bear Lake
Going to Big Bear Lake and wondering where to fish? Well one a great place to start is at the East end of the lake at Stanfield Cutoff and work your way West to Windy Point.
Another great place to fish is at the Bear Valley Dam, which a number of fishing anglers have have reported some great catches there.
Feel like trolling for Rainbow Trout? Try the Rainbow Trout Triangle from Eagle Point to Lagonita Point to the Solar Observatory or try Metcalf Bay across to the lake to the North Shore.
Below is a list of other hot fishing spots at Big Bear Lake.
- Bear Valley Dam
- Windy Point
- Juniper Point
- Meadow Park
- East Ramp
- West Ramp
- Along the Alipine Pedal Path
- Boulder Bay Park
- Pine Knott Landing
- Gilner Point
- Near Big Bear Marina
- Trout Triangle
- Stanfied Rd. Cutoff From Big Bear Boulevard to North Shore Drive
Fishing Marinas at Big Bear Lake
Below are the just a few of the highest rated fishing marinas at Big Bear Lake that offer a wide variety of services from fishing boat rentals, pro tackle and bait shops, freshwater fishing charters, official fish weighing stations and more.
Directions to Big Bear Lake
Ready to go fishing at Big Bear Lake. Here's some quick directions and routes to get you there.
Big Bear Lake is located a 100 miles east of Los Angeles in Southern California in the Bernardino Mountains of San Bernardino County, CA.