Big Bear Lake Fish
A black crappie reaches about 1.5 pounds. When fishing for crappie, use minnows, shiners, or shad, two to three inches
long. Crappie will hit small rapalas, or Broken Backs, however, the
most popular lure is an 1/8th ounce lead head jig with a rubber or
marabou skirt. The most popular colors are green and white, red and
white, yellow and white and purple and black. The jigs can be suspended
from a bobber or jigged at a variety of depths.
Blue catfish grow with its environment. It is not strange to see a
10-pound catfish. Catch this fish with shrimp, nightcrawlers, clams,
mackerel, red worms, minnows, fish belly strips or even your leftover hotdog!
This fish weigh about 2 pounds. Pieces of nightcrawlers, redworms,
mealworms, grubs and nymphs are good bait. Use a small hook, #10, and
suspend the bait from a bobber of fish the bottom in shallows near tules.
Small spinners and bass plugs will also induce bluegill to strike.
Carp can be caught while fishing Big Bear Lake with PowerBait nuggets.
Smallmouth bass prefer cool water and are bottom dwellers. They tend to
stay at about 30 feet below the water. These fish weighs less than three
pounds. When fishing Big Bear Lake's smallmouth bass use bucktail streamers,
spinners, flies, spoons, minnows, small crawfish, nightcrawlers or hellgramites.
In autumn, surface plugs will work. Refer to the fish report for updates.
Largemouth bass live as long as 15 years and can weigh more than 20 pounds. They eat other fish
like bluegill and other critters such as frogs, crawdads and sometimes even ducks! Use heavy
duty equipment and plenty of bait like minnows, crawfish, nightcrawlers or
This fish is caught with insects, snails, worms, sowbugs, crawfish, roe and
small fish. The weight varies with this fish.