BIG BEAR --- Heavy crowds filled the water over Labor Day weekend and the increased boat traffic slowed the trout bite considerably for a few days after that, marinas reported. The doldrums won’t last as DFG trout plants continue this week in the run up to the annual WON Big Bear Lake TroutfesT, Oct. 6 and 7.
Despite the busy days on the water the best action has been early and late in the day for anglers working four to five colors of leadcore and nickel-colored Needlefish or similar lures. Savvy bait anglers are fishing PowerBait suspended from a slip-bobber rig in 20 to 25 feet of water.
Fishing the west end for trout is best but for bass the action has been good along the docks and rocky points. Anglers fishing plastic crawfish and small spinner baits found fish despite the crowds with local angler, Scott Wittrig, landing a 4.61-pound largemouth off Eagle Point.
Panfish are also very good with crappie, bluegill, and pumpkinseed showing around the weed beds and docks taking mini jigs tipped with Gulp!, nuggets, or a piece of nightcrawler. DFG trout plants continue this week in the run up to the Big Bear Lake Troutfest, Oct. 6 and 7.
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IT’S TROUTFEST TIME at Big Bear Lake, and the fishery is poised and primed for the Oct. 6 and 7 event. There will be plenty of quality rainbows such as these planted for the occasion, in addition to a tagged fish worth a brand-new Ford truck! Not to mention a grand raffle prize of a Klamath boat/Mercury motor combo!