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Fine times catching rainbow trout on Big Bear Lake in the summertime!

august2014 083We’re in the hottest days of summer and the trout are biting well.  We trolled the entire west end of the lake for over 40 hours this past week.  The best bite was from Trout Alley to the dam and many fish were caught out in the middle from Boulder Bay and over along the north shore from Grays Landing to the dam.  We averaged 10-15 fish within three hours and many nice size hard fighters in the 1.75-2.25lb range.  Down riggers were at 4-8 feet and 12-17 feet the entire week.  Leaded lines at 3-4 colors.   Flat lining flies at times and various Rapalas and Rebels were hitting- particularly chrome with orange or gold and orange along with a variety of deep green colors/patterns.  Hottest lures were Little Warriors in Green Gobie/copper and Heavens Door/copper, various UV Needlefish, watermelon and pearl bikini Needlefish, PK Lures hot new lightweight prototype in gold with orange dots.   Variety of dodgers, flashers and some made from walleye or salmon spoons trailing a night crawler on a 8″ leader.  We change up our rigs and lures OFTEN and while doing so many fish are hitting.  Try UV/GLOW finishes or rattling/vibrating lures and attractors.  The past three seasons we have added a huge selection with a wide variety of styles and types of lures and goodies that are creating more site and sound and believe they are helping to produce more than scent does!   We’ve been into doubles, triples and even two quads this past week.  There is nothing funner or more exciting than multiple fish on at the same time and landing them all is extremely rewarding!  Speed of the boat does matter at times when the fish take a break or seem to have lock jaw momentarily.  We tend to do extreme slow or faster troll and make hard and quicker turns occasionally to get the lures to drop and attract the lazy or less active fish.  Letting the leaded line out a color or two and bringing it back up is the captains favorite past time lately and it works most times.  It’s a fine time to be in Big Bear where the temperatures are 10-20 degrees cooler and the air is fresh and skies are blue.   Please call Pleasure Point Marina for pontoon rentals at 909-866-2455, Golden Bear Cottages for lodging 800-461-1023  GoldenBearCottages.com and Lucky Bear Fishing Charters 909-866-7303 for guided fishing trips.