Big Bear Lake has excellent trout fishing year-round. The trick is knowing where the fish are likely to be during certain times of the year. Here are some of the “not so secret spots” that consistently produce good fishing action.
During the spring months the fish are in shallower water and our local trout population is busy spawning in many of the streams and tributaries that feed into Big Bear Lake. But a word of caution, fishing is prohibited in these streams until after Memorial Day weekend and the fines are huge. If you can find where a spring is emptying into the lake, try fishing the waters just offshore. One of these areas is the inner waters of Boulder Bay. The recently completed parking area here makes this one of the most user friendly fishing spots.
Some of the best shore fishing spots are located on the North Shore, from the dam to the West Boat Ramp. There are several places right off North Shore Drive (Highway 38) where you can pull off the road and fish right next to your car. Also, Juniper Point, on the north shore near the East Boat Ramp is a great spot in early spring. The parking area is a short walk to the shoreline. Some of these areas require that an Adventure Pass must be displayed on your car before you can park there. Check with the Ranger Station on North Shore Drive.
The most productive fishing spots on Big Bear Lake are the areas that make up the “Trout Triangle” on the west side of the lake. “The Triangle” is basically the waters along the south shore of the lake from about Gilner Point west to the dam, and from the dam, east along the North Shore to Windy Point, and back across the lake to the South Shore. The triangle is best fished from a boat because if one area isn’t producing you can easily motor over to another spot and give it a try..
No matter what area you choose, Big Bear Lake Trout fishing is one of the best ways to enjoy our alpine paradise.
Big Bear Lake Fishing in a larger map