Big Bear Lake Trout Fishing Hot-Spots

Fishing for 50K - Big Bear Lake CA

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.

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  1. hector garcia says:

    i went fishing at lake big bear a couple months ago for the first time, everyone was saying it is a great place to fish, its not i was fishing three days in a row night fishing and in the early mornings all arround the whole lake, I did not get one single bite. when i was there i also went out on the kayak and fished from there no bites, but i did notice one thing, the carp were jumping like crazy i have a feeling that the carp have taken over big bear lake.

  2. I’m not an expert Hector, but they’re still pulling some big fish out. Thanks.

  3. Fishing in Big Bear Lake can be some what tricky if your not familiar with the lake. The fact that you were seeing a lot of carp is a good indication you were not where the big trout are hanging out. Big Bear has had an ongoing problem with the carp population for some time now. Mainly because of how Big Bear Lake was actually formed.causing the eastern end of the lake and several other areas mostly on the South East side to be rather shallow and great feeding grounds for the carp to explode in population.
    If you want to catch some trout right now you might want to try trolling on the west side from the dam out to China island and back. Stick to the cliffs in deep water with big flashy bate.


    my parents live out in Washington and were going to travel through california to do a lil fishing. this is a good page maybe ill have to tell them about this page! they just moved out that way and are trying to figure out how it is out there..

  5. Ben, let us know if they have questions. We’ve been “locals” for over fifteen years now. If we can’t answer a question, we’re happy to ask around. Also check out our site website; for more local fishing and outdoor information!

  6. Would love a nice trout dinner.. Thanks for pointing out the best areas.. I will have to remember that when I travel through this summer.

  7. Jerry K says:

    I have a 15ft inflatable boat with a trolling motor. Is it allowed
    At Big Bear?

  8. Yes.

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  10. I have never fished big bear and I look forwarded to it …. My little niece Kayla has cought her limit at every spot. This 9 year old can bring in the big browns lol… nice blog …. THE SAGE

  11. i was at big bear lake yesterday may, 17 2016 just along side the road pulled over walkd down the hill, casted out, cought 17 trout =] biggest being a 5 lb trout….

  12. KENNETH ARIAS says:

    The trick to catching trout from shore here at Big Bear is your tackle. Use super light test line 4lb. is good use a 2lb. leader small treble hook 18 or 20 better. 1/8 or 1/4 ounce sliding egg sinker. Also a good reel with a sensitive drag to play the big one’s! Find a good spot on the north shore. Bait with power bait, nightcrawlers, salmon eggs, marshmallows….even spinners and spoons casted when the lake is calmer. Keep your line tight but try not to drag the bottom. Vary your leader length from 12″ to 20″. Make sure your have a net, without one it’s tough landing with light line. Check online for the solar lunar fishing table, for the best day’s. Some day’s are better than other’s but remember…there is never a bad fishing day! Enjoy the wildlife, bird watching between hookups always is fun. Bring a couple of trash bags to put your catch in and get them on ice asap. Always pick up after yourself and even pack out something somebody might of left behind. Right now…November 2016…get up there and bust some of these big trout. I’ve been fishing this lake for over 50 years and trust me….I catch fish 🐟…Smallmouth Bass, Silver Salmon, Rainbow Trout….Bundle up, travel light, and have fun. Good fishing to all.

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