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 Big Bear Lake's Weekly Fishing Report

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GENERAL NOTICE: 

The Pine Knot Landing Bait and Tackle Shop will be closed as of October 7th. Our bait and tackle shop will be reopening Spring 2014. Since you stopped by, we whipped up a wonderful Season's Closer Fishing Report that will offer some great winter tips. The regular Weekly Fishing Reports will resume in March or April.

Fowler's Fish Tails 10/27/13  Cliff Fowler


Well, this last month of our boating season is winding down to a close, but the fishing is ramping up… 

Hi, this is Cliff Fowler with Cantrell’s Fishing Guide Service at Pine Knot Landing with your season's closer of Fowlers Fish Tails. 

The end of October marks the end of our official boating activity on that Blue Jewel… however it does not mark the end of fishing as we can fish year-round here in the southern half of California. Marinas will still want all their private craft out of the water by November 1st so they can winterize boats and facilities. The East Public Ramp on the north shore will be open until December 1st for you Day Trippers to launch and retrieve. From December 1 until April 1st, all commercial concessions along the North Shore of Big Bear Lake will be closed to all activity for the winter nesting of the American Bald Eagle. This includes all the ramps, marinas, day use, and picnic areas on the north side of the lake. This time period is when the lake is pretty much unavailable for boating activities anyway due to ice. While boating may get harder with the ice and snow, shoreline access around our alpine lake is still great for fishing until it ices-over completely. Just make sure you’re on public land and not on private property and don’t go out on the ice. 

We’ve seen that agua lose temperature quickly as she’s now averaging 54°F on the surface lakewide. Being we’re not getting “limnos” any longer, surface temperature is about all we can read. But these colder temps are perfect for our native pink meats and their activity level is increasing radically! Remember with our fluctuating light conditions to “match the hatch” and use lights when it’s light(sunny) and darks when its dull (cloudy or dusk). Trout are moving eastward are now basically hanging out from the mouth of Metcalf to the observatory and depths are 2 to 4 colors in the water. 

There is no better time than now to enjoy that pond as you’ve got it all to yourself and the catching is nearing the season high. If you are willing to brave the colder temperatures, the rewards can be spectacular. So let’s go bend-o’ and put some fillets in the freezer for winter. 

As this marks the end of our boating season it also means your finale of this program for 2013. I hope you have enjoyed Fish Tails this season as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you. So until next spring… this is Cliff Fowler with Cantrell’s Guide Service and Pine Knot Marina signing off with your season closer of Fowlers Fish Tails.

Cliff 

[Ed. Thanks again for reading our online publication of Fowler’s Fish Tails and remember to fish safe over the winter! Remember to check back in early March for the season’s opener fishing report and weekly fishing reports will resume in April. Enjoy the winter fishing, 

David Sample]


FISH BITING FOR NOVEMBER: 

Rainbow Trout, Crappie, Bass, Blue Gill, Pumpkin Seed and Catfish 

BEST BAIT: 

Trout:  Red Dot Frog

Crappie: Powerbait™ Atomic Teaser

Bass: Spinner baits. 

Catfish: Cut baits


Early October Fishing map of Big Bear Lake


Fowler's Fish Tails 10/13/13  Cliff Fowler


To have our first snow prior to the middle of October is a wonderful thing to behold. 

Hi, this Cliff Fowler with Cantrell’s Fishing Guide Service at Pine Knot Landing with your most recent copy of Fowlers Fish Tails. 

The concept of a long, wet winter is a beautiful thing for yours truly as a long wet winter will help increase the lake level drastically. It does throw a little bit of a damper on our fishing activity when it is snowing but we do get a lot more fishing weather than snowy weather anyway. The current skinny on that Blue Jewel is as follows. She’s 57F degrees top and bottom from the boom line all the way up to the west public launch, 57°F and 56°F are the readings off that Big White Dome and finally 56°F degrees surface to the floor off of Juniper Point. The dissolved oxygen is close to 9 parts per million top to bottom, west to east, and there’s still only 5 to 6’ of light penetration or clarity as shown by our secci dish. 

All this tells us that our majestic puddle is about as uniform as a body of water can be which would normally tells us no holding areas or holding levels. The massive Santa Ana conditions of recent did blow us out especially for the last big tourney of the year, but the catchin’ part of our fishing is only going to get better and better as that agua continues to cool. Now if those darn Sana Anas will just GO away until we need them for snow making, everything would be just perfect. 

Trout continue to move back east as their typical migration for this time of the year. The mouth of Metcalf Bay to Windy Point over to Lagonita are our favorite spots now. But keep your eyes open, the Spring Triangle will be the next to produce good numbers of quality hold overs. In case you didn’t remember, the “spring” triangle sits between the imaginary lines drawn between Lagonita Point, the Solar Observatory, and Eagle Point. (See the illustration below) Warm water activity is going to slow down shortly as Momma nature tells them to get ready for a long winter nap, but with some finesse you can still stick a “toad” or score a “kitty”. 

Paradise does exist at 7000’ 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 Fowlers Fish Tails. 

Cliff

[ed. We also have been getting tons of reports from our regular fisher men and women that the trout are biting very well. It seems that right now they will bite at most anything and most everyone that braves going out will be getting some fish. A couple members in the last couple days have caught their limit (5 trout per licenced angler) within a couple hours. That is Big Bear Fishing at it's best!][David]


CURRENTLY BITING: 

Rainbow Trout, Crappie, Bass, Blue Gill, Pumpkin Seed and Catfish 

BEST BAIT: 

Trout:  Red Dot Frog

Crappie: Worm or finger jigs

Bass: Crank and Spinner baits. 

Catfish: Cut baits, Bag of stink


Early October Fishing map of Big Bear Lake




Fowler's Fish Tails 10/4/13  Cliff Fowler


When we were patiently waiting for some aspect of change, boy did it come quick! 

Hi this is Cliff Fowler with Cantrell’s Fishing Guide service at Pine Knot Landing with your most recent copy of Fowlers Fish Tails. 

The largest “tourney” of the season is coming, going, gone as up to 1000 anglers are making a dash for the cash this weekend here at the October's Big Bear Lake Troutfest. Big Fish, stringer weight, small fish and “blind bogey” are all competitive ways to take home a paycheck and have some fun. 

This autumn cold snap has really allowed that Blue Jewel to lose a lot of stored heat. She’s 60°F degrees on top and bottom from the boom line to our old favorite Honey Hole, it’s 61°F top and 60°F bottom at the West Public Launch, 61°F and 59°F are the readings around that Big White Dome and finally, its 61°F surface and 60°F on the floor in the east end. That’s an 8 to 9 degree drop in surface temperature in the last 2 weeks. The largest drops are obviously in the east end as we have always stated shallower water can store heat faster in the spring, it can also dissipate stored heat faster in the fall . Dissolved oxygen remains good-n’-plenty through-out the column of agua and clarity has diminished to only 5 feet of light penetration. 

Well finally those native pink meats have reacted to changing lake conditions and have started their fall migration back east. We’ve noticed the bulk of the ‘bows at the mouth of Metcalf Bay and east of Windy Point in the middle. Soon our favorite spring triangle of Eagle Point over to the Observatory and back to Lagonita will come alive again. Normally on the guide boat we have “doubles”, “triples” and “grand-slam” which correlate to two, three or four fish on all at one time. Well John hadn’t put out the Red Dot Frog in quite a while, but light conditions warranted it. 1st he caught a “chunky” small mouth, then a small largemouth, after that, a channel catfish hit it, then finally that native pink meat we were working for. Next it caught a beer can, but that didn’t count as their not native to the lake. One lure, 4 different species in an hour, now that’s a Big Bear Grand Slam! 

We’re lovin’ life here a mile and quarter closer to heaven so pull up a rock and go teach a worm how to swim. This is Cliff Fowler signing off with your most recent copy of Fowlers Fish Tails.


Cliff


CURRENTLY BITING: 

Rainbow Trout, Crappie, Bass, Blue Gill, Pumpkin Seed and Catfish 

BEST BAIT: 

Trout:  Red Dot Frog

Crappie: Worm or finger jigs

Bass: Crank and Spinner baits. 

Catfish: Cut baits, Bag of stink


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