Saturday’s bass tournament was our last tournament for 2014. Is was tough fishing but the guys gave it their best and got some fish in the boat. At the end of the day Steve Almquist & Jim Effron did it again, finishing the season with another win. These guys showed off their bass fishing skills this year, they won 6 of our 7 tournaments! Bob Stephenson and Scott Ebenhard took 2nd and had Big Fish, their 3rd Big Fish this year! We have been talking about some exciting things coming up for next year, I will keep you posted. Thank you to everyone who fished our tournaments this year.
1st: Steve Almquist & Jim Effron 6lbs 10.2oz
2nd: Bob Stephenson & Scott Ebenhard 5lbs 10.6oz
Big Fish Winners 2lbs 6.6oz
3rd: Aaron Armstrong & Rusty Brown 4lbs 11oz
4th: Matthew Keller 2lbs 15oz
The seasons are changing up here on Big Bear Lake. This weekend the day time temperatures were in the 50s and dropping below freezing at night. Fall fishing can be great on Big Bear Lake, in our Championship Bass Tournament Aaron Armstrong took advantage of that fact. He put together a nice bag of largemouth weighing 15lbs 8.2oz on day 1. On day 2 Aaron got the fish to bite again but with some lost fish at the boat was only able to land 3 bass for 6lbs 6.2oz. Aaron took the win with a 2 day weight of 21lbs 14.4oz for 8 fish, he also had the big fish, weighing in at 4lbs 4.6oz. Thank you to everyone who took part in our tournaments this year. I want to remind you about of fall bass blast on October 18th. This tournament is open to everyone, start time is at 9am with weigh-in 5pm at the docks at B’s. For more info give us a call at 909-866-2240.
We are heading into the end of summer and it was a busy one on Big Bear Lake. Despite the lower water levels and the large amount of boat traffic the fishing has been great.
Summer time on Big Bear Lake means that the trout are in the west end of the lake, looking for cooler water temperatures with the right amount of oxygen. I have been finding them from the Dam to Metcalf Bay. I like to fish the south side in the mornings and the north side in the evenings. Remember fish have fins and swim, so they may not be in the same spot everyday. I have found that the trout have been suspended in shallower water this summer with 10-15 feet deep being the best depths. A slow trolled night crawler has been catching a lot of fish. Also I have been fishing a size 0 Dick Nite Spoon in pink and white and a Size 1 Needle Fish in Orange Hot Scale UV with good results. Rapalas, flies and night crawlers trolled on the surface in the mornings and evenings have also been producing. If you fish downriggers like I do or are looking at starting I have found a great trout downrigger rod. I have been using St Croix Wild River Kokanee Casting Rods, 7’6” light. This is a great rod for fighting our soft mouthed rainbows.
The Bass fishing has been effected more by the lower lake level then the trout. A lot of the old spots are now high and dry, but there are new spots opening up because they are not as deep this year. I have been finding them in 10-20 feet deep. Bass are structure fish, so they are going to be around rocky points, rock piles, and weed lines. A brown skirted jig with a craw style trailer has still been my 1st choice. Drop Shotting a small worm or buzz baits at the right time have been getting bites also. Please remember to catch and release our bass, this is the best thing you can do to help our lake produce larger bass. For reservations or more fishing info call 909-866-2240.
Our third tournament is in the books and Jim Effron & Steve Almquist cannot be stopped. They took the win again making this three in a row. It was a tough day fishing with some bass being caught, just not the right kind. Bob Stephenson was the only one that was able to get a big bite and landed the Big Fish of the tournament, a 5lb 6.6oz largemouth. Our next tournament is July 19th, 7am to 1pm. Thank you to all of our anglers and everyone that shows up to support us. See you next month!
1st: Steve Almquist & Jim Effron 7lbs 12.6oz
2nd: Bob Stephenson 7lbs 6oz
Big Fish Winner 5lbs 6.6oz
3rd: Isaac Ortiz & Jeremey McDonald 6lbs 14.2oz
4th: Nick & Charles Pfeifer 6lbs 2.6oz
5th:Aaron Armstrong & Scott 5lbs 14.2oz
6th: Marc Quintana & Joe Allen 2lbs 2.2oz
It is warming up on Big Bear Lake. The weather has been very nice and the water temperature is getting into the sixties. This means all of the fish are now on the move. We have been catching some very nice Bass and Trout this month.
The Trout have started moving west. You can still catch them around the Observatory, but we have been catching the bigger holdovers farther west. We have been trolling between Papoose Bay and Metcalf Bay or from the damn to North Shore Marina. We are now catching fish in one of my favorite ways, trolling flies on the surface. My favorite fly is a Black Bead Head Wooly Bugger. This method works best during sunrise and sunset, but also I catch them this way in the middle of the day. If you see Trout jumping then it is time to break out the flies. As boaters start heading out and the sun gets higher on the sky the Trout have been heading down to between 10-20 feet. Slow trolling a Sep's sidekick with night crawler at 15-20 feet deep has been catching a lot of fish even when the bite is tough. For lures a size 0, pink and white Dick Nite Spoon and a size 2, brass red head Needle Fish have been good.
As for the bass fishing, with the water warming up and nights not getting as cold the Bass are looking to spawn. This meaning that they are going to be back in the bays and in shallow water. Fishing dock and points leading into the spawning bays are a good spot to find them if they have not moved onto beds yet. All the bass don't spawn at the same time, the ones on the east side of the lake, the warmer side, will spawn first. A skirted bass jig fished around docks and heavy cover is hard to beat on this lake. We have also been catching fish on drop shot Robo worms and jerk baits. Please remember to catch and release the Bass. We have caught a few Crappie and they are about to make a big move into the bays. For Crappie we like to use mini jigs, Sierra Slammers swim baits (trout size) or drop shot a small trout worm, white is the best color. Crappie like cover, so fish around the docks, rocks and weeds.
We have pontoon boat and bass boat charter trips running daily, come up and enjoy the day fishing with us. For reservations or more fishing info call 909-866-2240.
After a very windy week on Big Bear Lake, Saturday, tournament day, the weather turned out to be some of the nicest so far this year. It was a busy day on the water with the May Trout Classic going on this weekend also. It turned out the bass had a serious case of lock jaw, with only 2 teams catching a limit. The guys that did catch fish got some good ones. Last month's winners, Steve Almquist and Jim Effron, took the win again with a total weight of 16lbs 9.6oz. This is the heaviest weight from our tournaments so far, beating Scott Ebenhard 's weight of 16lbs 1oz from April 2012. Scott Ebenhard and Bob Stephenson are still putting big fish in the boat, taking 2nd place Saturday with a total weight of 12lbs 15oz, and they had the Big Fish of the tournament weighing in at 4lbs 10.8oz. Our next tournament is on June 21st, at B's Backyard BBQ, 7am to 1pm. If you are trying to qualify of the championship tournament in September, you have to fish at least 3 of the qualifying tournaments and finish in the top 40% of the points race. If you have any questions or if you want to preregister for the tournaments you can contact us at 909-866-2240.
1st: Steve Almquist & Jim Effron 16lbs 9.6oz $600
2nd: Bob Stephenson & Scott Ebenhard 12lbs 15oz $240
Big Fish Winners 4lbs 10.8oz
3rd: John McDonald & Andrew Murillo 2lbs 8.2oz
4th: Aaron & Alexis Armstrong 1lb 13.6oz
5th: Scott Garcia & Amanda Melendez 1lb 13oz
6th: Marc & Lurona Quintana
April is over and we have had a great start to the fishing season. As usual Big Bear Lake in the spring has been producing good numbers of fish as well as quality fish. We have had mixed weather this month, is has mostly been great with temperatures in the 60s, then it would do a 180 and we would get a quick snow storm. The water temperature on the main lake are in the mid 50s and pushing into the 60s in the bays. Also the oxygen content is great through out the lake, which means the fish are active.
Trout can be found from one end of the lake to the other. My favorite trolling spots have been in between Gilner Point and Windy Point then down to Logonita Lodge and over to in front of the observatory. Also the main lake points off of Papoose Bay and Boulder Bay have been holding trout. We have been catching fish from 10 to 20 feet down with some surface action on flies in the mornings and evenings. You can't go wrong slow trolling a night crawler, try adding a flasher if you are not getting bites. I under a Sep's Sidekick with a worm 18 inches behind it. We caught a 4.45lb trout trolling a worm at 10 feet this month (picture below). As far as trolling lures we have been running Needle fish #1 & #2, Dick Nite Spoons #0, and Rapalas Original #5 and X-Raps #4 and #6. For spoon colors try gold, brass, red, pink, and orange. My Favorite has been the orange Dick Nite Spoon #0. For Rapala run natural colors on sunny days and clear water, rainbow trout and yellow perch pattern. For cloudy days and stained water use bright colors, fire tiger and clown. Remember what was going on when you catch a fish; depth of lure and water depth, boat speed, and location. Then try and duplicate it and find spots similar, you can be onto a great day fishing.
The bass fishing just keeps getting better and better. This is in great part to catch and release, we are seeing many 4lb+ bass being caught. Local angler Scott caught a 6.35lb largemouth is month, which looks like it will be the new lake record. Everyone wants to catch bigger fish and catch and release is the best way to let fish grow. That being said here is the run down on Big Bear Lake spring bass fishing. The bass are thinking of three things this time of year, warmth, feeding, and spawning. Now is a great time to fish hard cover, docks and rocks. These areas hold the warmth from the sunlight and have a abundance of food, crawdads. My favorite bass lure in the spring is a skirted jig, browns and reds, with a crawdad looking trailer. I like Zoom Brush Hogs and Berkeley Chigger Craws. A jig catches a lot of fish and big fish. Also red crawdad crank baits are a good way to find fish on rocky points and jetties. Pick a crank bait right for the depth of water you are fishing, you want to be making contact with the rocks. As the water temperature gets into the 60s the bass will be moving from the deeper parts of the lake into the bays to spawn. I start deep then work shallow until I find the fish, fishing docks and main lake points then secondary points into a bay.
We have pontoon boat and bass boat charter trips running daily, come up to enjoy the day fishing with us. For reservations or more fishing info call 909-866-2240.
The weather was great leading up our first qualifying tournament. The tournament day was windy but the guys headed out there and got the job done. With no smallmouth being weighted in it was all about who could find those big pre-spawn largemouth. Steve Almquist and Jim Effron put it together weighing in 5 fish for 15lbs 10.2oz and taking the win and $720. The next qualifying tournament is on May 17th.
April 12th Results
1st: Steve Almquist & Jim Effron 15lbs 10.2oz
Big Fish Winners 4lbs 10oz
2nd: Phip Bougie & Dean Papapetru 13lbs 9.4oz
3rd: Issac Ortiz & Jeremy McDonald 11lbs 8.4oz
4th: Aaron Armstrong & Rusty Brown 11lbs 0.4oz
5th: Bob Stephenson & Scott Ebenhard 11lbs
6th: John McDonald & Andrew Murillo 1lbs 13.8oz
Big Bear Lake is officially open for the 2014 season! We had a cold start, it snowed for two nights before our opening day bass tournament. Tournament morning was cold, cloudy, and windy but we had one boat head out to brave the conditions. Around noon the sun made its appearance and so did the bass, Aaron and Matt caught 6 legal largemouth with the 5 fish limit weighing just over 9lbs and a big fish weighing 3lbs 2.6oz. The weather is looking great for next week, temperature in the mid 60s. Our first qualifying tournament is on Saturday April 12th. Registration is at B's Backyard BBQ from 8am to 9am. The tournament starts at 9am weigh in is at 5pm back at B's docks. It will be a 5 fish limit (large and smallmouth), fish must be over 12 inches. If you have any questions or for preregistration give our office a call at 909-866-2240.