Thinking About Trout Fishing On Big Bear Lake?
Long-time guest and friend Duane Kaya sent me this email several days ago. Duane is an avid Big Bear Lake fishing enthusiast, so I thought I’d pass this along for your enjoyment.
Thinking About Big Bear Lake Trout Fishing?
When I started fishing for trout in big Bear Lake during the 1980’s, it took me about two years to learn where and how to fish the lake. I have fished for trout throughout California and then some. I can truly say that the acclimated, red flesh rainbow trout in Big Bear Lake are some of the BEST tasting trout you will ever eat!
I have been patronizing the cabin rentals at Mallard Bay Resort, on the lakefront, from as early as the late 1980’s, when they were known as Henry’s Mallard Bay Resort. I find them to be centrally located for anyone wanting to do a little fishing and still be within walking distance of Big Bear village. Here is a typical stay for me. After getting situated at the lodge and getting my “lucky this and lucky that” in Big Bear, the first evening is spent at the open area where an outdoor wood burring fireplace is located. Sharing conversations with other guests often with a marshmallow makes for a warm, family-like atmosphere to enjoy under a clear Big Bear star-lit evening. There are gas BBQs and tables available by the open fireplace to cook up a meal, perhaps a trout or two or steaks before enjoying some family time playing cards or ??? The activities are controlled for quiet after a designated time where the only sounds are the crackling of the fire in the fireplace and friendly conversations. It’s all GOOD!!!
At the crack of dawn and after having a fresh cup of brewed coffee, off I go, taking a scenic, leisurely 15-20 minute walk around the lake side to Holloway’s boat rentals. After renting a boat I then navigate the boat along the shore line to the Mallard Bay private boat dock to pick up my fishing pole and tackle. What is really nice is that there is a discount for the boat rental while lodging at Mallard Bay. Boats rented at Holloway’s can be kept overnight as Mallard Bay has an approved boat dock! Just let Holloway’s know your intent.
Fishing from the Mallard Bay boat dock can be fun for kids and grownups alike! Blue Gill, Catfish, Trout, Bass and Carp have been known to be caught off the dock.
I usually make my fishing trips over a long weekend and keep the boat for 2 ½ days. On the last ½ day after some early morning fishing, I would return to the Mallard Bay boat dock to unload my fishing tackle before returning the boat back to Holloway’s. Again a short leisurely 15-20 minute scenic walk puts me back at Mallard Bay to ready myself for a trip back to reality, usually with my limit of red-fleshed trout!