Big Bear Lake fishing report – As the weather conditions improved so did rainbow trout fishing on Big Bear Lake.
The oxycline went a little deeper this past week and is 23 feet at the Dam and Papoose Bay. It remains 20 feet at the west ramp. The summer pattern is well established now with the oxycline defining where and how you fish. Overall lake temperatures are abnormally high and account for the slower action.
Trolling: Leadcore line trolled at two to four colors with Needlefish or Buoyants in a variety of patterns and colors are getting the job done.
Bait anglers: A slip bobber rig is the only way to go. Set the bobber at the oxycline levels with nightcrawlers or dough baits and present it from the shore, anchored at your favorite spot or drifting down the middle of the lake. Remember there is no oxygen below 23 feet for trout, the fish will be holding close to those levels in the coolest, darkest water they can find. Pan fish remain active in the bays along docks and weed beds.
Bass fishing: Present plastics and crank baits by docks and structures to score on the Bucket mouths.
Fly fishing: Slow troll dark colored streamers from Grays Landing to the buoy line at about 15 feet late afternoons and evenings.
California Department of Fish and Game manages a fish plant program to keep the state’s lakes, rivers and creeks stocked with trout. Plants scheduled for the week of Aug. 8 in the San Bernardino and Riverside region were at Big Bear Lake, Green Valley Lake and the Santa Ana River and Santa Ana River South Fork. Visit the Web site dfg.ca.gov for up-to-date fish plants throughout the state.
Big Bear Lake Stats
Current lake level (as of Aug. 15): 69 feet, 4 inches, or 3 feet below full.
Information and tips are provided by Alan Sharp of Big Bear Marina, John Cantrell of Cantrell Guide Service and Keith Kerns of K-Flies Guide Service. For more information, call (909) 866-3218.