Trouting improving on the lake, and a near-lake record crappie was caught this past week
CODY JENKINS NEARLY broke the Big Bear Lake crappie record this past week when he landed this 1.25-pound slab. The fish was a mere .01 pounds off the current record of 1.26.
BIG BEAR LAKE — The Western Outdoor News Big Bear Lake TroutfesT is less than two weeks out, and the mail-in deadline for entries is this Friday, Sept. 28. Anglers can still enter the event up until Friday, Oct. 5, however, it is likely the ’Fest will be sold out by that time.
In the meanwhile, “trouting remains steady on the lake,” according to Alan Sharp at Big Bear Marina. “Water temps continue to drop, oxygen levels are high and the fish are coming up. DFG plant is scheduled for this week to complement the large stocking of trophy fish for the TroutfesT. There has not be a lot of fishing pressure lately; it seems like everyone is waiting for TroutfesT and their chance at an F-150, fishing boat and a multitude of prizes and cash.
“It’s not too late to enter WON’s very popular tournament. The mail-in deadline is Sept. 28, so be sure to get your entry in very soon. Click here to enter the TroutfesT tournament online. Last-chance sign-up are Oct. 5 (if space is available) during registration at the Big Bear Visitors Center.”
In other lake news, “the Big Bear Lake record for crappie almost fell this past week,” Sharp noted. “Local Cody Jenkins was flippin’ a purple and white Norman lure off the observatory when a nice slab hit his offering. Not wanting to stop fishing, Cody kept the fish bagged and in a cooler, until the next morning. As the crappie was placed in the scale, Cody held his breath as the readout went to 1.25 pounds. The fish was .01 pounds short of the record set in 2010 at 1.26 pounds. Just to make sure, we weighed the fish three more times… it still came up short. Too bad we will never know what the fish weighed when first caught, but it definitely lost some weight overnight.