Mountain Lakes and Lodging

Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake is a beautiful alpine lake that serves as a reservoir in the San Bernardino Mountains. It’s seven miles long, averages a half mile across, and has 22 miles of shoreline. Although the area is known for snowboarding and skiing, it’s also an attractive setting for fishing and boating.

The lake is well supplied with rainbow trout, bluegill, crappie, catfish and largemouth bass. Largemouth bass can live for 15 years and reach weights of 20 pounds, they bite minnows and nightcrawlers. Carp will go for Powerbait, and catfish can be caught with nightcrawlers, worms and even bits of hotdog!

If you’re fishing in a boat, we recommend the “triangle” from the Dam, to the Observatory and then over to Big Bear Marina (see map below). Locals head to the Dam and stand and cast from the shore. We’ve also seen people pull in some nice fish at the causeway called Stanfield Cutoff. Regardless of the area you choose, be sure to have a valid California Fishing License.

Many folks simply enjoy a day of relaxing on the lake. If you bring your own boat, you can lauch at one of the ramps listed below. The lake restricts boat size to 26 feet and under. Be sure to obey the posted speed limits. Unfortunately, due to underwater obstacles swimming is discouraged by the local Lake Patrol.

The East Public Launch Ramp opens on April 1. Other public boat launches include West Public Launch Ramp opening on May 8th and the ramp next to Big Bear Marina. Your boat must be inspected for mussels and have valid registration.

Looking for a cabin in the mountains? We have a variety of family friendly cabins on large grounds with recreation, jacuzzi and lots of green grass, give us a call at 1-800-381-5569.

Big Bear Lake Fishing Map

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