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 Big Bear Lake's Weekly Fishing Report

    or "How to have a wonderful time fishing on Big Bear Lake!"


Fowler's Fish Tails 6/26/15  Cliff Fowler

As we continue to see all this drift smoke we have to feel so blessed that those amazing firefighters continue to keep us safe in our mountain paradise. 

Hi, this is Cliff Fowler with Cantrell's Fishing Guide Service at Pine Knot Landing with your most recent copy of Fowler's Fish Tales.

That blue jewel contiues to warm and for the first time, has finally hit its true summer condition. Current "limno" shows her to be 66 degrees on top and 60 degrees on the bottom at the Dam, 66 and 63 off Papoose Bay, 67 and 61 are read off the Boyer Public Ramp, it's 69 and 67 off the Big White Dome and finally it's 70 degrees surface and 69 on the floor up around Juniper Point. In true summer fashion...our thermocline IS our oxycline where the dissolved oxygen drops to poo-poo and that level is 33 feet down from the Boom Line to our Old Favorite Honey Hole and 20 feet down from the West Launch Ramp all the way up to the Observatory. Remember, these are levels NOT to penetrate as trout can't live where they can't breathe! Our clarity is still amazing with 9 1/2 feet of light penetration.

Rainbows are still cooperating even though the agua is warming and our numbers stay strong for this time of the year. If you're burning octane, Trout Alley west to the Monitoring buoy outside Fisher Cove is the best trolling paths while Needlefish in Chicken Wing, Watermelon, Metallic Perch, and Red Dot From remain strong. If you don't have the metered stuff and are working monofil, a flasher/crawler set up or a CD Rapala are the best way to make a drag sing.

Bait boys continue to hang their offering deep from the top down via our infamous Stans Slip Bobbers. When our true oxycline forms like now this is the only way bait fisherman can get a bent stick as slip bobbin' is a constitutional on BBL. Any quality tackle shop can show you how to rig a Stans.

Big Bear kitties have woke up big time with the warm water up in the East End. They're inhaling anchovies, chicken liver, shrimp, and a bag of stink. Juniper Point is a great spot for you insomniac anglers. 

We're lovin' life here a mile and a quarter closer to heaven so grab your rod, grab your sweetie, pull up a rock and go teach a worm how to swim!

This is Cliff Fowler with Cantrell's Fishing Guide Service signing off with your most recent copy of Fowler's Fish Tales.


Fowler's Fish Tails 6/18/15  Cliff Fowler

Our mountain paradise has been inundated with outdoor staff writers seeing everything there is to do at 7000' and boy were they impressed. 

Hi, this is Cliff Fowler with Cantrell's Fishing Guide Service at Pine Knot Landing with you most recent copy of Fowlers Fish Tales.

Well, Windy certainly has been present but recently she's had Gail with her making for quite a blow. At least she's coming from the West rather than the back door and hasn't had a significant effect on our fishin'. 

Current skinny on that blue jewel is she's 65 degrees on top and 60 degrees on the bottom from the Boom Line to Papoose Bay, 66 and 60 off the West Public Ramp, 67 and 63 are read off that Big White Dome and finally, it's 68 surface to floor at Juniper Point. Our thermocline exists at 26' deep at the dam, 33' off our old favorite Honey Hole, 23' around Boyer and fianlly 20 feet deep at the Observatory. Our oxycline is where the D.O. drops off below 5 ppm, which is a level not to penetrate, is at 39' down at the Bottom Line, 33' at Papoose, 26 feet at the West Ramp an finally 20' down around the Big White Dome. The alum treatments continue and it's shown by 9 1/2 feet of clarity or light penetration as shown by our SECCI dish. Wow! We haven't seen that kind of clarity in quite awhile. Atta boy to our MWD!

This weekend is special as it's MWD's annual Carp Round-Up where all you bow fisherman need to give numerous of those bugle mouth bass "one hell of a headache." The carp are so invasive as a natural pollutant and need to be gone. Our drought rid us of thousands of 'em by the nesting island and our Chris landed about a 12 pounder off the boat in the slip and she was ripe! Getting that one female out of the lake probably saved thousands of being born in the future. So sharpen up your skills and arrow points and let's see how many pounds we can put through the Carp-O-Matic!

Trout counts are still good, but as I've mentioned in the previous report, we getting a lot of small ones. It really helps to release whatever you classify as sub-catchable to help maintain the quality of our fishery. 

Paradise does exist @ 7000' so grab your stick and let's GO BENDO!

This is Cliff Fowler with Cantrell's Guide Service signing off with your most recent copy of Fowler's Fish Tales.

Fowler's Fish Tails 6/12/15  Cliff Fowler

As we come to mid June, family life is still bustling and Lynn and I even had my father in law get married, and that's at 84 years old. 

Hi, this is Cliff Fowler with Cantrell's Fishing Guide Service at Pine Knot Landing with you most recent copy of Fowler's Fish Tales. 

That blue jewel is continuing on with her slow summer maturation and she is looking absolutely AWESOME as our MWD continues with the alum treatments, making that agua look like we're in the Caribbean! Current skinny in the form of a "limno" shows she's 62 degrees on top and 58 on the bottom at the Boom Line, 63 and 58 are read off Papoose Bay, 64 and 59 off the West Public Luanch to that Big White Dome and finally it's 64 surface and 62 on the floor up in the East End. A slight thermocline is forming 26' deep at the dam, 16 feet off our favorite Honey Hole, 13' around Boyer and dropping back to 16 around the Observatory. Our oxycline is forming but she doesn't drop below 5 ppm so specific holding levels have yet to develop, but will happen very soon. With the alum treatments, our clarity as shown by our SECCI dish are 7 1/2 feet light penetration. 

The catchin' part of our fishing has radically increased this week as our fish counts have gone up to as many as 12 fish per trip. Yeah, there's a lot of small ones but we're still sticking fish often in the 1 1/2 to 2 pound class. We're doing about 50% C.P.R (catch photograph release) but the good numbers of recent are directly related to the MWD's purchase of the 1.2 million trout from the deceased Calaveras Fish Hatchery. 

The garden hackle died but Needlefish thrived especially in Red Dot Frog, Silver Shad, Chicken Wing, and Lemon Lime. You need a huge arsenal of finishes in Big Bear's favorite wobbler cuz we gotta "match the hatch" and those finishes can turn off and on in an instant. 

Carp are getting real frisky and boiling all over in the shallows so you bow fisherman need to take advantage of this and sharpen your skills and aim prior to the annual Carp Round Up later this month. The more we rid the lake of this invasive species, the better.

We're lovin' life here a mile and a quarter closer to heaven so grab your rod, grab your sweetie, pull up a rock and go teach a worm how to swim. 

This is Cliff Fowler with Cantrell's Guide Service signing off with your most recent copy of Fowler's Fish Tales. 

Fowler's Fish Tails 6/5/15  Cliff Fowler

The start of June is busy with Dads, Grads, Aarons bass and a Doves Car Show, families are occupied. 

Hi, this is Cliff Fowler with Cantrell's Fishing Guide Service at Pine Knot Landing with you most recent copy of Fowler's Fish Tales. 

With the warm weather of recent, that blue jewel got out of its topsy turvey state of going up and down like a yo-yo and has started its summer warming trend. Current "limno" shows she's 59 degrees on the top and 56 degrees on the bottom from the Bottom line at the dam up to Papoose Bay, 61 and 59 at the West Public Ramp, 64 and 60 off that Big White Dome and 66 degrees surface and floor in the East End around Juniper Point. The dissolved oxygen content is starting to tier and an oxycline where we drop below 5 parts per million is forming 33 feet down at the dam, 26 feet off our old favorite "honey hole" up to the west ramp and 16 feet down off the observatory. These levels are not to penetrate as trout can't live where they can't breathe. Our SECCI dish shows an average of 7' of clarity or light penetration.

Th catchin' part of our fishin' has been all over the place. One morning it can be tough, midday great and late day only good. The following day can be just the opposite. The fishing recently has been just like the Big Bear weather, if you don't like it now, just wait a couple of hours and it will change! 

With the fromation of some sort of oxycline, it's now time to change from the KISS theory for you bait boys to slip bobbin. The Stans Slip Bobber rig is a controlled depth fishing float that allows you to fish deep from the top down rather than fishing from the bottom up. The bobber stop will place your offering at the exact desired depth that the fish are suspended and it's mobile so you can change depths by simply sliding the stop up or down the line to change presentation levels. The biggest perk is you'll never have to work that brushy bottom again!

Those burnin' octane will want to "match the hatch" and use lights when it's bright and darks when it's dull in order to mimic nature. We're just starting to see the very first of some suspended vegetation so watch your offering, check it often cuz trolling a "fouled" lure is about as much fun as watching the grqass grow!

Paradise does exist here at 7,000' so grab your gear and lets GO BENDO!

This is Cliff Fowler with Cantrell's Fishing Guide Service signing off with your most recent copy of Fowlers Fish Tales.

Fowler's Fish Tails 6/1/15  Cliff Fowler


Well it look like Momma Nature got off her 'tude as things are just drop dead gorgeous...but the second we give her a big atta girl, she'll change her mind!

Hi, this is Cliff Fowler with Cantrell's Fishing Guide Service at Pine Knot Landing with you most recent copy of Fowlers Fish Tales.

Our buds over at MWD are still re-calibrating so no new "limno" this week, but lake temps are averaging 58 degrees which is a slight warming from last weeks numbers. I'm very anxious to see the clarity readings as the BIG news this week is that MWD did the alum treatment on the blue jewel. This hasn't been done since 2004 when we were down 17 1/2 feet in lake level. After a few years of drought and losing 3 feet per year in lake level to evaporation, the phosphorous levels get a little high as only water evaporates, not minerals. This was more a preventative measure so things would not get out of hand if we stayed in a drought condition. I was on the water when they were doing this treatment and it was mind blowing! When the chems went in, immediately the aqua went to a clear aqua color and made you think you were in the middle of the Caribbean. The color and clarity were absolutely beautiful. 

Another perk was as we trolled through the treated area, drags went sing! Don't know whether the fish liked the water better and got feisty or that they could see our presentations better. Whatever it was, we won't argue. 

Colors of preference this week were metallic perch, watermelon, red magic, and charteuse. The garden hackle got hit more than before which is letting us know they have a palate for something "au natural".

Big Bear kitties are turning on the feed sack even though the waters are still a bit cool for them. Chicken livers, shrimp, mackerel, anchovies or a bad of stink will score a whisker fish for you insomniac anglers. 

We're lovin' life here a mile and a quarter closer to heaven so grab your rod, grab your sweetie, pull up a rock and go teach a worm how to swim!

This is Cliff Fowler with Cantrell's Guide Service signing off with your most recent copy of Fowler's Fish Tales!