Fishing Report Provided by ONS - Fishhound Pro Staff (Outdoor News Service) - Jim Matthews
Average: 3(1 vote)
| Water Temp:71-80 F | Clarity: Cloudy
Fish Caught | Lunker: using a
July 24, 2014
While the trout bite is far from wide open on the lake, the rainbows are coming to the net for the patient angler. All the fish are in the upper 23 feet of the lake, and the best action from shore requires a slip bobber set-up. Fish in 15 to 20 feet of water from the west ramp to the dam. Fishing for trout east of those areas is a tough go. Boat anglers drift fishing in the western third of the lake with dough bait and nightcrawlers off a slip bobber is the best bet for bait anglers. Trollers are working the west ramp to the dam with Neddlefish in Lady Bug, Watermelon and Red Dot Frog patterns. CD-03 Rapalas in the Fire Tiger color are working well on over cast days. The fish are active from five to 20 down. DFW plants last week and this week. Bass action is fair to good with the best bite early and late in the day. Crappie and bluegill are pretty good once you find a school of fish. Best areas for the panfish have been Mallard and Boulder Bays, Eagle Point, and Marina Point. For more fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods 909-866-3222.
Fishing Report Provided by Lucky Bear Fishing Charters - Michael Marzell
Average: 3(1 vote)
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Fish Caught | Lunker: using a
July 20, 2014
There is nothing like the feeling of fishing on Big Bear Lake at the peak of summer! Almost everyone on the boat mentions how great it feels, smells and looks in Big Bear during the summer. Trolling on such a beautiful lake gives us all time to recharge while relaxing and having many moments filled with smiles and laughter. One of the best things about rainbow trout fishing on Big Bear Lake in the summer is the challenge of locating the fish that are interested. This gives opportunity to cover lots of territory and view all the awesome areas of the lake. The fish get less interested or more lethargic when it heats up instead of wanting to attack the lures or bait like they do in the spring or fall. When you do find the ones that bite you must hope that they are aggressive enough to take the hook deep enough to make it to the boat. Slower reeling and waiting to wear the trout out is vital now. Forcing, horsing and pumping the fishing rod as well as fast reeling has not been the best techniques and results in many long line releases! The joy of rainbow trout fishing really does come not only from the ones that are caught but also from the ones that are lost. This is what makes fishing fun and a challenge and brings the ultimate appreciation of landing one- particularly a BIG ONE! Almost all of our fish this week that were landed fell off the hook and into the net or were barely hooked. Everyone this week did wonderful learning to be patient not only as we located the fish but also as they reeled them it. It brought a special note to the trips that does not always happen. Seemed to always come back to the dock with the boat all chatting about how darn exciting the trip went. The past week we fished 36 hours and the trout were caught all over the west end of the lake. No particular location was better than another and many fish were caught near drop offs and some out in the middle in the deeper water. The thrill of the week had to be all the double hook ups and many happened more than once during the trips! We may wait a good hour at times then run into multiple fish within thirty minutes. The lures of the week have been Watermelon, UV Red and Huckleberry Needlefish, brown trout Rapalas, green gobie Little Warrior with a copper back and night crawlers. Down riggers have been hit at shallow depths often from 3-7 feet and also 12-21 feet. Leaded lines were 3-4 colors most times. Flat lining various Rapalas was working well too but not one particular pattern/color stayed consistent. Holding steady with most three hour trips averaging 5-10 rainbow trout. There have been several double digit trips and also a few trips we could count on one hand!!! Many fish are getting on the lines and about three quarters of the fish were not landed this week. The water has reached summertime temperatures and the rainbow trout are on the move and can be a bit touchy or finicky as they hit the lures and night crawlers often but many times do not take them. It's been incredible weather and the skies, forest, sunrises and sunsets have been fantastic for making the fishing the most enjoyable. We have been blessed and grateful to take several Military and their families out on the lake to the rainbow trout. The photos featured here are of Ken and Marvin who are in the Navy and both departed for Afghanistan this past week. Before they departed they took their girls fishing and the catching and memories were priceless! Please call Pleasure Point Marina for pontoon rentals at 909-866-2455, Golden Bear Cottages for lodging 800-461-1023 GoldenBearCottages.com and Lucky Bear Fishing Charters 909-866-7303 for guided fishing trips.
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