Southern CA Freshwater

Big Bear Lake: Rainbows moving westward

Bite slower going as of late, best bet early mornings

BY BLAKE WARREN/WON Staff WriterPublished: Feb 05, 2020

BIG BEAR LAKE — Despite two consecutive weeks of little to no ice hampering fishing efforts, trouting has been a bit more of a grind for Big Bear anglers as of late through the mild winter weather, which has allowed lake temps to drift upward a few degrees. That has some of the lake's rainbows on the move west, a trend that should continue until the next weather front moves in and brings whatever monkey wrench it brings to the equation.

salmoneggSALMON EGG PowerBait got the job done for Chris Garcia after getting a little advice from the guys at Big Bear Sporting Goods.

“There is zero ice up there right now, however, there is a cold front coming this next week that could change that,” Andrew Gibbons, who runs the Urban Outdoorsman YouTube channel, told WON. “The water has been warming up and the fish are starting to move west. The fish were preferring the shallow points to the west of Juniper Point over the bay of Juniper Point,” he said of his weekend outing, noting that fishing early has been the key to success with anglers finding anywhere from 2 to 5 bites in the mornings, mostly on either salmon peach PowerBait or Mice Tails.

Other anglers wetting lines are finding a similar scene at the lake over the past week.

“I've been going one or two times a week and it's gotten pretty slow out there lately,” said John Petrovick of Victorville. “The best time to get a few bites is in the morning from 7 to 10, and orange PowerBait or Power Eggs have been working best for me. Carolina rig with 1- to 2-foot leaders, size 18 treble for PowerBait and size 8 mosquito hooks for the Power Eggs to keep the presentation as small as possible.”

Just a week prior, Petrovick and his dad Steven had themselves a solid day at Juniper Point using similar tactics, creeling near limits capped by Steven's 6 pounder. He also added that he's been hearing a few folks are finding a biter here and there near the Red House on the north shore in the afternoons, but that has also been a slower bite in recent days.


THE TROUT BITE has slowed some over the past week at Big Bear Lake, but John Petrovick and dad Steven managed near limits the week prior at Juniper Point capped by a 6 pounder, caught on salmon Peach PowerBait and orange Power Eggs rigged on a #8 mosquito hook. The rainbows have been migrating west with mild weather in recent weeks, though an expected cold front this week could put a halt to that for the time being.

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