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Fowler's Fish Tails 10/23/14  Cliff Fowler


The fishing season of summer Y2K14 is winding down to it’s last couple of weeks so this will be the season's closer report.

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

October is ticking away and by November 1, commercial marinas will want all private water craft out of the water. The East public ramp will remain open to day trippers from 7AM to 3PM daily, November 1st to December 1st. The West public ramp is already closed for the season. From Dec 1 to Apr 1, all concessions along the North Shore will be closed to protect our American Bald Eagle during it’s winter nesting. Keep in mind Lake Patrol will only be on the water at this time Fri, Sat and Sun only, but will be available by phone the other days. So keep MWD’s # ( which is 866-5796) on your boat if you’re on the agua Mon thru Thurs the last month of the season. Last limno I can share with you shows that blue jewel to continue in its Fall transition. She’s currently 61 degrees top and bottom at the Boom Line, 61 and 60 off Papoose Bay, 60 top and bottom from the West Ramp to the Observatory and finally 58 surface and 57 on the floor up in the East End. 

My favorite Spring and Fall triangle is the most productive for rainbows now, however, due to recent Santa Anas has more suspended vegetation to foul our offerings. The Western half is much clearer, but the numbers aren’t there! There’s absolutely no traffic anywhere…so it’s all your call. Last weekend was the last competition of Aarons Big Bass Tournaments and determined the seasons champions. The fishing was tough but the guys gave it their best and got some fish in the boat. At the end of the day, Steve Almquist and Jim Effron did it again and won 6 of the 7 tournaments. Bob Stephenson and Scott Eberhard took 2nd and had big fish, their 3rd big fish this year. Weights were 1st Almquist and Effron 6 # 10.2 oz, 2nd Stephenson and Eberhard 5 # 10.6 oz. Big fish winners with 2 # 6.6 oz. 3rd, Aaron Armstrong and Rusty Brown 4 # 11 oz and 4th Matthew Keller with 2 # 15 oz. 

As we wind the year to a close, this will be my last program of Fowlers Fish Tales for the year. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have enjoyed bringing it to you. It is a lot of work but also a lot of fun… so until next Spring don’t forget to PULL UP A ROCK AND GO TEACH A WORM TO SWIM! This is Cliff Fowler signing off with the season closing script of Fowlers Fish Tales

Cliff Fowler


FISH BITING: 

Rainbow Trout, Bass, Catfish, Crappie

BEST BAIT: 

Trout: Fire pearl

Catfish: bag o' stink

Bass: Spinner jigs

July/August Fishing map of Big Bear Lake




Fowler's Fish Tails 10/16/14  Cliff Fowler


As we pass the mid-point in October, there’s a nip in the air, earth stoves are firing up, there’s no doubt Fall has fell! 

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

As is typical for this time of the year, that blue jewel is going thru her autumn constitutional which makes for changing lake conditions. Current skinny in the form of a “limno” shows she’s 63 degrees on top and 61 degrees on the bottom from the Boom Line to Papoose Bay, 62 and 61 are read off the Boyer Public Launch, 62 and 60 are measured off that Big White Dome and finally it’s 60 degrees surface and 59 on the floor up around Juniper Point. The dissolved oxygen remains good n’ plenty of top to bottom eliminating any form of abrupt oxycline. Obviously the temps show there’s no thermocline either. Clarity or light penetration averages 8 feet but that seems a bit much considering the stained appearance we’ve been noticing. 

As I’ve said before, just as shallower water can store heat faster in the Spring, it will dissipate stored heat faster in the Fall and that’s exactly why the East End is now cooler than the West End. Those native pink meats have responded accordingly and have definitely made a move East bound and down. There are still chunky bows where we’ve had em most of the Summer, but we’ve seen increasing action finally in the triangle which was my favorite in the Spring and now again has become my favorite for the Fall. That is from Eagle Point over to the Observatory and back to Lagonita. Those of us located at Pine Knot now get to save considerably on the petrol bill. 

“Match the hatch” when it comes to lure selection and use brights when it’s light and darks when it’s dull. Most productive this week were chicken wing, watermelon, metallic perch, red dot frog, and Halloween. Keep a constant eye out for vegetation as there’s a lot of it suspended, cuz trolling a fouled lure is about as much fun as watching the grass grow! 

Paradise does exist at7000’…we’re just a mile and a quarter closer to heaven. 

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

Cliff


FISH BITING: 

Rainbow Trout, Bass, Catfish, Crappie

BEST BAIT: 

Trout: Fire pearl

Catfish: bag o' stink

Bass: Spinner jigs



Fowler's Fish Tails 9/24/14  Cliff Fowler


October’s here and that probably means our last month of boating activity on that blue jewel. 

Hi, this is Cliff Fowler with Cantrell’s Fishing Guide Service with your most recent copy of Fowlers Fish Tales. 

Our last trout tourney AKA “Trout Fest” and our last bass tourney AKA “Aarons Fall Bass Blast” both happen this month and even tho it’s shoulder season, both have an amazing impact on our fishery. We’ve already been planted with lunker ‘bows for the event and proceeds from Aarons events also go to the fish plant fund. We’re scheduled for some Santa Anas this week, which in turn, anglers know kinda hurts the bite. Winds from the West…fishins the best, winds from the East…the catchins the least! 

Our buds over at MWD share the latest skinny in the form of a limno and she’s definitely in a fall form. A more uniform body of agua couldn’t exist. She’s 63 degrees on top and 62 degrees on the bottom and that’s lakewide. No deviation West to East so from a temperature aspect, there’s no preferential holding area. As I’ve mentioned before… just as shallower water can store heat faster in the spring… it can also dissipate heat faster in the Fall. That’s exactly our current scenario. Also this week we lost any aspect of an Oxycline as the DO is good ‘n plenty top to bottom and again, lakewide. 

This results in no holding levels also. Literally, they can be anywhere and everywhere! All this means is we must practice patience and flexibility to make a drag sing. It’s all about the grin factor and we’re smilin’ ear to ear 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 Cantrells Guide Service signing off with your most recent copy of Fowlers Fish Tales.

Cliff


FISH BITING: 

Rainbow Trout, Bass, Catfish, Crappie

BEST BAIT: 

Trout: Fire pearl

Catfish: bag o' stink

Bass: Spinner jigs



Fowler's Fish Tails 9/24/14  Cliff Fowler


Autumn has officially arrived and life here in our peaceful valley now can truly be called the “snail’s pace of fall”.

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

After some well deserved R & R time with all our RV buddies it’s back to reality, but at least our reality exists with paradise at 7000’. Many complain about our lake being down over 10 ½ feet, but believe me… after my travels the last 2 weeks, we are blessed to be where we’re at and in better shape than most other water bodies in the state. The Kern River is so low you can barely tube it, so warm there’s no fishing and Lake Isabella is almost non-existent. We’re proud to have MWD doing what they do best and that’s stabilization of our lake level. 

Speaking of MWD… here’s the latest in the form of a “limno”. She’s very uniform in water temp being 67 degrees on top and 65 degrees on the bottom from the Dam all the way up to the Boyer West Public Ramp. Then it’s 67 degrees surface and 66 on the floor from that Big White Dome thru the East End. Last week once again a radical “oxycline” re-developed where the DO dropped off below 5 ppm and we know trout can’t be where they can’t breathe. This week those levels not to penetrate are 26 feet down at the Boom Line and 16 feet from Papoose Bay up to the West Ramp. Clarity or light penetration has increased, but only to 6 feet as shown by our SECCI dish. 

One thing for sure and that’s those ‘bows have scattered. With the uniformity of the agua it’s not surprising to see them move in an easterly direction, but there’s no consistency in their location. Best bet is to start around the Boom Line, move East until you get hit and then circle around. It’s changing day to day so be flexible and work everything from the Dam to Lagonita Point… and don’t forget to “match the hatch”. Soon our favorite spring triangle will come alive again and will be known as our favorite fall triangle where we will save a lot of dinero on petrol! You’ve got that blue jewel all to yourself and it’s time to put some filets in the freezer cuz we need a long cold winter not only for our economy, but to fill that puddle. 

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

Cliff


FISH BITING: 

Rainbow Trout, Bass, Catfish, Crappie

BEST BAIT: 

Trout: Fire pearl

Catfish: bag o' stink

Bass: Spinner jigs



Fowler's Fish Tails 9/20/14  Cliff Fowler


Now that we’re past mid September, the pace in our valley does show all weekend warriors have returned to their asphalt jungles! 

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

We’ve only got about a month and a half left in the 2014 fishing season and that’s where you local yokels can all enjoy having that 3000 acre pond all to yourselves. She’s continuing in her fall maturation which is simply making the catching part of our fishing better and better. 

We know each day brings a mixed bag of scenarios…so let’s recap some basics to make a drag sing more often. First is wind patterns. Our summer wind is that of a prevailing westerly blowing over the dam west to east. These fish are most accustomed to that pattern so when a santa ana comes and blows thru the back door, it will shut things down. Winds from the west, the fishings the best…wind from the east the catchins’ the least. 

Second is light conditions. This is where we say “match the hatch.” Most anglers think when the light is flat like dusk, dawn or when it’s cloudy or overcast that we should use something bright so it stands out. Wrong! We must mimic nature…so if the light is flat, anything swimming in that water is going to be dark. If the light is bright…anything naturally in that water body is going to be vivid. “Match the hatch” means lights when it’s bright and darks when it’s dull and that’s the rule of thumb for your lure paint jobs. 

Third is presentation and lure size. This is a controversial topic so not everyone agrees. A lot think when the fishing gets tough, you should get a bigger lure so they can see it better. Our experience, (and take it for what it’s worth), the tougher fishing gets… we go smaller. Needlefish in a “0” if you can find one, they’re discontinued, or a dick nite spoon in a size “0” get hit better for us when things get hard. Remember… elephants eat peanuts

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 Fowlers Fish Tales.

Cliff


FISH BITING: 

Rainbow Trout, Bass, Catfish, Crappie

BEST BAIT: 

Trout: Fire pearl

Catfish: bag o' stink

Bass: Spinner jigs

Fowler's Fish Tails 9/12/14  Cliff Fowler


As we tick thru September, one thing’s for sure, the snail’s pace of fall is upon us. 

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

We’ve sure enjoyed the premature autumn cool down on that majestic puddle and also having that body of water all to ourselves. The catching part of our fishing has increased even though our summer numbers were nothing to sneeze about. 

Current skinny on that blue jewel is she’s 66 degrees top and 65 degrees bottom from the Boo, Line to Papoose Bay, 67 and 65 are read off the Boyer Ramp, 70 and 67 around that Big White Dome and finally 69 surface and 68 on the floor up in the East End. The clarity is still “stinko” with only 4 feet of light penetration which is caused by algal blooms YET the dissolved oxygen has increased significantly which is due to photosynthesis.This is where one negative creates a positive and we simply deal with it!

Most native pink meats are still hangin’ in the West End and that’s where they’ll stay until our fall turnover. Just as shallower water can store heat faster in the spring…it can dissipate heat faster in the fall!!

When this occurs, those trout will follow the cooling agua and head in an easterly direction. Currently the East End is still warmer than the West End, so they’re stayin’ from Metcalf Bay to the boom Line. Warm water activity is still decent with bucketmouths hitting crank and spinner baits pitched to the edge of the junkpiles. Crappie and bluegill are hitting worms hung under a clip on float or a finger jig worked around the docks. Remember these warm water fish have been displaced with lake levels being 10 ½ feet down and their habitat is up on the shore, high ‘n dry. 

Paradise does exist at 7000’ so lets Go Bendo! This is Cliff Fowler with Cantrell’s Fishing Guide Service at Pine Knot Landing signing off with your most recent copy of Fowlers Fish Tales.

Cliff


FISH BITING: 

Rainbow Trout, Bass, Catfish, Crappie

BEST BAIT: 

Trout: Fire pearl

Catfish: bag o' stink

Bass: Spinner jigs



Fowler's Fish Tails 9/4/14  Cliff Fowler


The weekend warriors have all returned to their asphalt jungles leaving that blue jewel for all us locals to enjoy! 

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

The snails pace of fall is officially upon us even though autumn isn’t truly here until the 23rd. The 2nd Free Fishing Day of 2014 is this Saturday, Sept 6, where no license is required to fish any of the State's waterways. Two days a year, Fish and Game puts out perks to get new people hooked on one of the greatest outdoor pursuits. Even though no license is required, all other laws apply (ie’ method of take and daily bag limits). 

Current skinny on that oversized swimmin’ pool is brought to us by our buds over at MWD and here goes. She’s 65 degrees top and bottom at the Boom Line, 66 and 65 off our old favorite “Honey Hole”, 66 top to bottom at the Boyer West Launch, 67 and 66 are read from that Big White Dome East to Juniper Point. Again with no deviation throughout the column of agua, there is no thermocline. Our oxycline is non existent also as the D.O. is consistent throughout the lake, just being higher the further east you go. 4.9 is read at the Dam and that’s a minimum for rainbows. 5.4 is at Papoose Bay, 6.4 at the West Ramp and 7 PPM around the Observatory. The D.O. is better in the shallower water, but the deeper West End is cooler and that’s the key to holding trout.

“Match the hatch” of lights when it’s bright and darks when it’s dull is again the rule to score our native pink meats, but our most consistent colors have definitely been chicken wing, watermelon, red dot frog and lemon lime. That garden hackle has been getting hit often but we’re receiving a lot of short strikes and feeding a lot of fish! I’ve modified the leader to have a “stinger” hook which puts one in the tail and that’s helped immensely in keeping worms from getting stripped! 

It’s all about the grin factor and we’re smilin’ ear to ear. 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 Fowlers Fish Tales. .

Cliff


FISH BITING: 

Rainbow Trout, Bass, Catfish 

BEST BAIT: 

Trout: Fire pearl

Catfish: bag o' stink

Bass: Spinner jigs





Fowler's Fish Tails 8/28/14  Cliff Fowler


Well, you’ve heard me say it before so you’ll hear me say it again…Where the hay did our Summer GO???

Hi, this is Cliff Fowler, we’re at the last Holiday of summer Y2K14 and we will be seeing weekend warriors from everywhere descending on our mountain paradise... and why not? Heaven does exist at 7000’! The lake will be bustling with all kinds of water activity so we all need to practice patience and common courtesy and please remember what that white flag means! 

Current skinny on that blue jewel is that she’s 67 degrees top and bottom from the Boom Line to Papoose Bay, 68 surface to the floor off the Boyer Launch and 69 throughout the column of agua just off the Observatory. No deviation at all has obviously eliminated any thermocline and the clarity has become “Stinko” at 4’ as shown by our SECCI dish. 

This condition points to a pre-mature fall turnover if you’ve been out on that puddle…there’s a bit of floating debris. Being Spring started in January, I’m hoping Fall comes a bit early as we could use the cool down. The water already has dropped a couple of degrees in the last week and a half but if September cools down too fast, it usually means an Indian Summer in November, and that we don’t need. Come on El Nino! 

I’m still tickled with our numbers for this time of the year. Everything’s in the Western 1/3 for Trout so work Trout Alley, Mickey’s Path and The Dam area for the ‘bows. Warm water action continues to thrive around the Junk Piles, the Larger buoys and the Structure Line for Bucket-Mouths, Crappie, Bluegill and Pumpkin Seed or our Whiskerfish. A Garden Hackle is nature’s perfect bait for any of these critters, but don’t forget Chicken Liver, Mackerel, or a “Bag of Stink” for you insomniac anglers looking to stick a “Kitty.” 

We’re lovin’ life here a mile and a quarter closer to Heaven so let’s go Bendo! This is Cliff Fowler with Cantrell’s Guide Service signing off with your most recent copy of Fowlers Fish Tales .

Cliff


FISH BITING: 

Rainbow Trout, Bass, Catfish 

BEST BAIT: 

Trout: Fire pearl

Catfish: bag o' stink

Bass: Spinner jigs





Fowler's Fish Tails 8/22/14  Cliff Fowler


Well, it appears that dear Momma Nature has got her monsoonal moisture out of her system, but we really did need the rain!

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

After playing last week with all the kids from USARC, this weekend brings more eye candy to our beautiful valley, but these spectacular pieces are the floating kind, not the 4-wheel kind! And wooden boats do take us back to a somewhat simpler time! With our weather and moisture recently that blue jewel did lose some stored heat, not a lot, but any cooling is better than warming. Our fish finders show us it’s 67 degrees down around the Boom Line, 68 degrees from Papoose Bay to the West Public Launch, and 69 degrees surface up around our Marina, Pine Knot Landing. Clarity still is “stinko” due to those algal blooms and we’re assuming the D.O. is still good ‘n plenty in the West End as it was before. 

Our numbers have been fantastic considering it’s past mid-August and we couldn’t be happier. Almost anything presented is taking quality ‘bows including but not limited to chicken wing, watermelon, red dot frog, lemon lime, Halloween and red magic. Rapalas have been getting hit for you monofil boys and don’t forget that “Garden Hackle” 

Warm water critters continue to thrive in this toasty agua. Bucket Mouths are hitting a variety of lures pitched around the structure line, Crappie and Bluegill will take a Mealy hung under a clip on float or a finger jig worked around docks or the edge of the junk piles, while a Whiskerfish will take Mackeral, Liver, Shrimp or a bag of stink on the clear sandy bottom outside the weed beds. 

It’s all about the grin factor 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 Fowlers Fish Tales! .

Cliff


FISH BITING: 

Rainbow Trout, Bass, Catfish 

BEST BAIT: 

Trout: Fire pearl

Catfish: bag o' stink

Bass: Spinner jigs




Fowler's Fish Tails 8/16/14  Cliff Fowler


As we cross mid August, all I want to know is where has our summer gone? 

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

Yeah, the heat of the summer is taking its toll with warm water, algal blooms, stained agua and rainbows that are just a tad on the lethargic side. Trout optimally like 50 to 55 degree water… so asking a rainbow to come chase our offering in 70 degree water is like asking you and me to go run a marathon in Palm Springs when its 120 outside. 

This week we’re celebrating the 50th Birthday of our MWD and even with all the festivities, they’re still handling business as usual. Were currently 68 degrees top and 67 degrees bottom at the Boom Line, 69 and 67 are read from Papoose Bay to the Boyer Launch, 71 and 68 are off that Big White Dome and finally it’s 71 degrees surface and 69 on the floor up at Juniper Point. There’s not really significantly enough deviation in top to bottom temps to claim an abrupt thermocline, but the dissolved oxygen has gone rampant showing photosynthesis DOES work! We have in excess of 5.5 PPM to the bottom or 43’ out of Fisher Cove, rising to 16’ at the West Launch, 13’ off the Observatory and finally 10’ down in the East End. This is reinforcing our findings that most native pink meats are found in the 1st mile of the West End AND very deep. 

It’s a no brainer that they are going to go as deep as possible and still be able to breathe. If you’re tired working hard for those native pink meats, don’t forget this Alpine Lake holds abundant warm water critters. Largemouth are in the junk piles and structure, Smallmouth like the rocky areas, our Whiskerfish are on the clear sandy bottom outside the structure line and all the Sunfish species can be taken inside and outside the weed beds. Remember however, with lake levels being now 10’ down…a lot of their habitat is up on the shoreline high and dry!

We’re a mile and a quarter closer to heaven and paradise does exist @ 7000’, so let’s go bendo! This is Cliff Fowler with Cantrell’s Fishing Guide Service signing off with your most recent copy of Fowlers Fish Tales .

Cliff


FISH BITING: 

Rainbow Trout, Bass, Catfish 

BEST BAIT: 

Trout: Fire pearl

Catfish: bag o' stink

Bass: Spinner jigs


Fowler's Fish Tails 8/8/14  Cliff Fowler


With dear Momma nature relieving us of that monsoonal flow it’s going to be one beautiful weekend and week to come.

Hi, this is Cliff Fowler with Cantrell’s Fishing Guide service at Pine Knot Landing with your most recent copy of Fowlers Fish Tales. We certainly did need the rain and boy did we get it. The cyclists and football boys were beat up, but with 500 pieces of eye candy coming to town for the 25th annual Fun Run, I’m glad she got it out of her system.

That blue jewel just went thru another algae bloom reducing clarity and giving her a bit more stained appearance. What’s puzzling is that small blooms like that usually increase oxygen content due to photosynthesis, not reduce it. It is what it is and current skinny is as follows. She’s 68 degrees surface and 66 on the floor at the boom line, 69 and 67 degrees are read from Papoose Bay up to the Public Launch, it’s 70 and 69 around that big White Dome and finally 70 degrees on top and 68 on the bottom up in the East End. Dissolved oxygen content has been reduced as has the clarity and only an average of 5 ppm exist in the top 16 feet from the Dam to the Boyer Ramp. This is curious as we have been catching fish deeper than that and by these readings, they shouldn’t be there! Below 30 feet is a given by limno and our fish finders.

Our counts are still very decent considering how toasty that agua is and colors remain consistent with the last 2 weeks, just make sure you match the hatch in your lure paint jobs and use lights when it’s bright and darks when it’s dull

We’re lovin life at 7000 feet and that 3000 acre pond is callin’ your name 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 Fowlers Fish Tales .

Cliff


FISH BITING: 

Rainbow Trout, Bass, Catfish 

BEST BAIT: 

Trout: Fire pearl

Catfish: bag o' stink

Bass: Spinner jigs





Fowler's Fish Tails 8/1/14  Cliff Fowler


Our monsoonal flow is back and a bit of precipitation is certainly well received, but natures timing could be a bit better! 

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

This week's “limno” seems to make a bit more sense, not so much with the temps recorded, but with the dissolved oxygen content. Current skinny supplied by the MWD (Municipial Water District) shows she’s 68 degrees surface and 67 degrees on the bottom at the boom line, 69 and 67 are read off our Old Favorite Honey Hole, 70 and 67 at the West Public Launch, 71 and 69 off that Big White Dome and finally it’s 71 degrees top and 70 on the floor up in the East end. With so little deviation in temps throughout the column of agua, obviously there’s no real Thermocline present. The Oxycline is very abrupt.  When the D.O. drops off below 5 ppm, “in-the-know” anglers know that’s a level NOT to penetrate. Those levels are 39 feet down at the Dam, 26 feet off Papoose Bay, up to 13 feet off the Boyer Launch and back down to 20 feet deep around the Observatory. Clarity is still low, but increased to 5’ of light penetration as shown by our SECCI dish. 

Everything else is kinda same-same as last week and that’s brights when it’s light and darks when it’s dull in order to “match the hatch”. Big Bears Whiskerfish are lovin’ life now in this 70 plus degree water. Fish the clear sandy bottom outside the Structure Line to stick a kitty. They’re having a mac-attack, but also like chicken livers, shrimp or a bag of stink! Juniper Point is probably best for you insomniacs anglers. 

Paradise does exist here a mile and a quarter closer to heaven so 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 Fowlers Fish Tales.

Cliff


FISH BITING: 

Rainbow Trout, Bass, Catfish 

BEST BAIT: 

Trout: Fire pearl

Catfish: bag o' stink

Bass: Spinner jigs



Fowler's Fish Tails 7/17/14  Cliff Fowler


As we continue to burn thru July, one things for sure and that’s that we’ve got some beautiful temperatures, easily better than the cities down the mountain. 

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

Momma Nature is letting us know who is "large and in charge" with weather and our finicky AC/DC trout bite. When we’re on, it’s hot fishing and we’re even getting “double hook-ups” (very good stuff for July)… but when we're off, we can really struggle! And there’s no rhyme nor reason for one extreme to the other, nor is there any consistency! 

Hot off the press is the latest in lake conditions compliments of the MWD. That blue jewel is currently 69 degrees on top and 64 degrees on the bottom at the boom line, 70 and 65 are read off our old favorite honey hole, 70 and 66 at the west public launch, 71 and 67 off that big white dome and finally it’s 70 degrees surface and 69 on the floor up at Juniper point. She’s really matured in to pure summer mode where our thermocline is our oxycline, and that is a depth not to penetrate; simply put, it is 26 feet down from the dam up to Papoose Bay and 16 feet down from the Boyer ramp up to the Observatory. We still only have an average of 5 feet of light penetration or clarity as shown by our SECCI dish. 

Most action now has focused to the far west end with these radically warming surface temps. When we can, we’ll travel all the way to the tie up floats at the boom line and slowly work west. We’re metering fish all over down there, but only circling around when metered fish actually bite. Again colors of preference are metallic perch, fire pearl, chicken wing and watermelon. The CD rapala works for you stuck with monofil and don’t forget the “garden hackle”. 

The coolest place in the state is out on the 3000 surface acres found here a mile and a quarter closer to heaven. 

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


FISH BITING: 

Rainbow Trout, Crappie, Bass, Catfish 

BEST BAIT: 

Trout: Fire pearl

Catfish: bag o' stink

Bass: Spinner jigs



Fowler's Fish Tails 7/11/14  Cliff Fowler


With the 2nd major holiday of the summer season now in the record books, we’ll enter mid July and have summer vacation in full swing!

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

I mentioned before that it would take several days after the night sky went kaboom to get trouting back on track and that was pretty dead nuts as it wasn’t until last Wednesday things got back to normal. They hid under the nearest rock and developed lock-jaw, but thank goodness they got over it!

The Municipial Water District (MWD) shares the current conditions on that blue jewel with us and she’s once again stabilizing into full summer mode. It’s 67 degrees top and 63 degrees on the bottom from the boom line to Papoose Bay. 68 and 63 are read off the Boyer ramp, 71 and 65 are off that big white dome and finally it’s 71 degrees surface and 67 on the floor up in the east end. Abrupt thermoclines exist 33’ at the dam, 30’ off our old favorite honey hole, 13’ at the west launch and finally 10’ down from the observatory up to Juniper point. Our oxycline exists a bit deeper than our TC creating a level holding rainbows that is ideal which is below the TC and above the OC where she drops off below 5 PPM. Oxycline levels are 39’ at the dam, 33’ off Fisher Cove and 20’ off Boyer. Any further east ain’t holdin no bows anyway so why bother. So levels to be at are between 33 and 39 feet deep at the dam, 30 to 33 feet around the monitoring buoy at Papoose and up to 13 to 20 feet deep prior to Windy point. These are the “Golden Zones”!

Trout have been hitting a wide variety of colors including but not limited to metallic perch, red magic, Halloween, pearl bikini, copper bikini and chicken wing. The “Garden Hackle” must be out, but she’s also hot and cold.

Bait boys best be slip bobbin’ cuz the bottom salad is too thick and the trout can’t live where they can’t breathe! Any quality tackle shop can show you how to rig a “Stans” which is a Big Bear constitutional!

Paradise does exist at 7000’ so let’s GO BENDO!

This is Cliff Fowler with Cantrell’s Guide Service signing off with your most recent copy of Fowlers Fish Tails.

Cliff


FISH BITING: 

Rainbow Trout, Crappie, Bass, Catfish 

BEST BAIT: 

Trout: NeedleFish, size 0

Catfish: bag o' stink

Bass: Spinner jigs

Fowler's Fish Tails 7/3/14  Cliff Fowler


We are at the 2nd Major Holiday of the 2014 summer season and there’s no better time to reflect on how blessed we all are to live in the Greatest Nation on Earth. 

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

The 4th of July is a holiday extremely emotional to yours truly and when that night sky lights up with almost 4000 shells, it just takes your breath away. 

This weekend will be the most heavily trafficked as far as lake use and that’s not always the best for the catchin’ part of fishin’. Add to that the heat wave we’ve seen of recent and how warm that puddle is getting adds insult to injury on the caliber of trouting. I would not be surprised if by early next week we read 70 degrees on the surface in the west end. The calmer winds have allowed her to store heat faster and in tune anglers know that makes our native pink meats a tad lethargic. Have the night sky go kaboom and you’ll see every self-respecting rainbow head to hide under the nearest rock. Don’t worry, this is a time to enjoy our Independence and the trouting will come around after weekend warriors vacate! Big Bear Charter Fishing Guests

Our warm water species are not nearly as negatively affected as our cold water critters…so if entertaining young-ens is your job description, then shift over to some thin-fish or whisker-fish action. Crappie and bluegill will hit a finger-jig worked around the docks or a mealy worm or piece of a “garden hackle” hung under a clip-on float pitched around the junk-piles. 

Big Bear kitties like it rank and will nail mackerel, chicken livers, shrimp or a bag of stink placed along the clear sandy bottom outside the structure line. Night-time is the right-time so you insomniac anglers can have at it! 

We’re lovin’ life here a mile and a quarter closer to heaven so grab your rod, 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 Fowlers Fish Tails.

Cliff


FISH BITING: 

Rainbow Trout, Crappie, Bass, Catfish 

BEST BAIT: 

Trout: NeedleFish, size 0

Catfish: bag o' stink

Bass: Spinner jigs

Fowler's Fish Tails 6/28/14  Cliff Fowler


As we exit June and count down to the 4th, our mountain paradise will be the home to weekend warriors from everywhere. 

Hi, this is Cliff Fowler with Cantrells Fishing Guide Service with your most recent copy of Fowlers Fish Tales. 

We’re the the weekend before our 2nd major Holiday of the summer ’14 season and traffic is only going to get greater as time ticks on. Our buds over at MWD give us the latest skinny in the form of a “Limno” on that “blue jewel”. She’s currently 64 degrees on top and 62 on the bottom from the boom line to Papoose Bay, 65 and 62 are read off that big white dome and finally it’s 68 surface and 66 on the floor up in the east end. Our winds of recent have kept her churned up again to the state of no large deviations eliminating a real thermocline and the dissolved oxygen remains good ‘n plenty throughout the column of agua similar to last week. Again only 4 feet of clarity or light penetration due to the blow. 

Methods of take are again same-same and, so I don’t sound like a broken record, 3 to 4 colors, red magic, chicken wing, lemon-lime, nickel bikini and that infamous “garden hackle”! 

Being lake traffic is only getting greater as our summer progresses, once again I must get on my “soap box”. The lake is shared by all sorts of recreational activities and we must all play together…. But responsibly. We acknowledge non-powered vessels have the right-of-way and that your red flag shows us a skier down and a hand held up means I see him. So it’s only fair you know and acknowledge our white trolling flag, it means lines are out and you need to stay 150 feet away from the back of boats displaying one. We know everyone wants to have fun, but be aware of your surroundings and leave the “tunnel-vision” at home in the work place. 

It doesn’t get any better than life at 7000 feet so let’s GO BENDO!! This is Cliff Fowler with Cantrells Guide Service signing off with your most recent copy of Fowlers Fish Tales.

Cliff


FISH BITING: 

Rainbow Trout, Crappie, Bass, Catfish 

BEST BAIT: 

Trout: NeedleFish, size 0

Catfish: bag o' stink

Bass: Spinner jigs



Fowler's Fish Tails 6/20/14  Cliff Fowler


We were all aware that Windy was coming, but she could have left Gale at home! 

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

Right when the blue jewel was trying to stabilize into a pure summer mode… the blow went out of sight and stirred everything up so bad that that majestic puddle went right back to being so uniform it’s crazy. When we had a significant thermocline and a significant oxcline we knew exactly where to place our offering. The latest skinny on that oversized swimming pool is she’s 62F degrees on top and 61F degrees on the bottom from the Dam to Papoose Bay, 62F top and bottom off the Boyer Ramp, 63F top and bottom around that bid white dome and finally it’s 64F surface and 63F on the floor up in the East end. No deviation top to bottom has eliminated any form of TC and the DO is good’n plenty, only dropping below 5 parts per million 46 feet down at the boom line and 36 feet down off Fisher Cove. The massive wind patterns just stirred everything up so bad the clarity has dropped to only 4 feet giving a very stained appearance to the agua. 

I’m pleasantly surprised the catchin’ part of our fishin’ has stayed decent. Be flexible with color selection and “Match the Hatch” is our rule of thumb. With the stained appearance we nailed em on chicken wing, red magic, red dot frog, lady bug and lemon/lime. A Thomas buoyant in red or pink also got nailed along with our “garden hackle”. If lake traffic is down a bit, like mid-week, we’ll throw out that Rapala on a top line to get an emotionally double-parked toad. Most of the weekend we’ll leave the rod in the rack, as those not knowing what a white trolling flag means will cut you off at 10 bucks a pop! 

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 Cantrells Fishing Guide Service signing off with your most recent copy of Fowlers Fish Tales 

Cliff


FISH BITING: 

Rainbow Trout, Crappie, Bass, Catfish 

BEST BAIT: 

Trout: NeedleFish, size 0

Catfish: bag o' stink

Bass: Spinner jigs


Fowler's Fish Tails 6/12/14  Cliff Fowler


As one of our guides and two of our dockhand have left the magic kingdom and the halls of Big Bear High, it’s on to work at hand and that’s summer biz... especially fishing. 

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

Just give us some constitutional warm weather and watch how that Blue Jewel will react. I’ve said many times before that Momma Nature's calendar is at least a month in front of our calendar. If your not fishn’ like the middle of July, rather than the middle of June, you’re not hooking as many! Our buds over at MWD share the latest in the form of a “limno” as she has continued on her summer maturation pattern. It’s 65F degrees on top and 58F on the bottom at the boom line, 65F and 59F are read off Papoose Bay, 66F and 59F at the the west public launch, 66F and 60F off that big white dome and finally its 64F and 63F on the floor up around Juniper Point Thermoclines are abrupt now existing 23’ down at the dam, 16’ from Fisher Cove to the west ramp and up to the observertory and 13’ down in the east end. Our Oxycline has now become very important as the DO drops off below 5ppm likewide and that’s what we’ll concentrate on rather than the level of greatest do change. Those levels are 30ft down at the dam, 33 ft off our old favorite honey hole 23 ft deep off Boyer Ramp to the observatory, and finally 13ft in the east end.

Now the method in this madness: Fish below the thermocline and above the Oxycline at any of these locations west of that solar structure and any of our offerings will be in the golden zone. Continue to “match the hatch” in color selection. We’ve been productive still on the Reds, Chicken Wing and especially Lemon Line. That “garden hackle” has been pleasing the palate for those native pink meats needing something ‘au-natural’. And don’t forget to try some of our new deep trolling flies by Harry Bocham as they have been making a drag sing 

It’s all about the grin factor and we’re smiling ear to ear… so let’s go bendo! This is cliff fowler with Cantrell’s guide service signing off with your most recent copy of Fowlers Fish Tails.


Cliff


FISH BITING: 

Rainbow Trout, Crappie, Bass, Catfish 

BEST BAIT: 

Trout: NeedleFish, size 0

Catfish: bag o' stink

Bass: Spinner jigs


Fowler's Fish Tails 6/5/14  Cliff Fowler


June is a busy month here in our maintain paradise. It’s Dads and Grads with a derby or two mixed in to spice it up. 

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

We’re living on weekends till the 4th of July, but what’s new here? The drop dead gorgeous weather has allowed that blue jewel to continue on with the summer maturation and here’s the latest on her stats. She’s 59F degrees on top at the dam and 57 on the bottom. It’s 60F and 57F off Papoose Bay, 61 and 57 at the Boyer ramp, 63 and 61 off that big white dome and finally 64F surface and 62F on the floor out at Juniper Point. Only the west end has any form of Thermocline or Oxycline and they both exist 49ft down at the boom line. The thermocline is at 33’ and Oxycline at 39’ off our old favorite honey hole, and the thermocline and Oxycline are both at 23’ down off the west public launch ramp. The lake is currently showing 8’ of light penetration or clarity as shown by the secci dish. 

Now with the warming agua we have seen a very definite re-location of those native pink meats and the mouth of boulder bay, the mouth of Metcalf bay, and the path in between known as “trout alley” has been responsible for most bent sticks. While Needlefish remains the lure of choice for lead-core lines, we have gotten some quality ‘bows trolling Rapalas and that irreplaceable “garden hackle”. It just seems like they have a palate for something “au natural”. Again remember… while trolling that crawler, put a bit of flash like a spoon or dodger in front about 3 feet up. 

Bait boys should be slip bobbin by now and Stans in the only name you need to know. Many fine quality tackle shops can show you how to rig one and once you go slip bobbin, youll never fish that brushy bottom again. You can make a kid’s day with some of our “thin-fish” Crappie, bluegill and pumpkinseed can all be found around the junk pines and under docks. These hand sized scrappers are best taken with a finger-jig or a genuine bobber/worm set-up hangin a piece of crawler or mealy work it is a great way to get your “hooked” on a past-time that will last a lifetime! 

Paradise does exist a mile and quarter closer to heaven so let’s go Bendo! 

This is Cliff Fowler with Cantrell’s Guide Service signing off with your most recent copy of Fowlers Fish Tails.

Cliff


FISH BITING: 

Rainbow Trout, Crappie, Bass , 

BEST BAIT: 

Trout: NeedleFish, size 0


Fowler's Fish Tails 5/15/14  Cliff Fowler


As we get toward the mid-point of May, Dear Momma Nature is certainly letting us know just who is large and in charge! 

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

In the last week, we’ve experienced gale force prevailing westerlies, subtle breezes, gale force Santa Annas and all we can say is “it’s certainly about the blow” Rule of thumb is winds from the west, fishin’s the best. Wind from the east, catchin’ the least. Recently, we can take that to the bank. 

Well its tourney time in Big Bear as this coming weekend is not only the 2nd of the season in Arron’s Big Bass Tourney, but it the 32nd Annual May Trout Classic. This Big Bear constitutional now allows 500 anglers and theirs there’s still a few slots available for you procrastinators. The cash purse is $8000 based on a full stale and cash is paid to the 9 largest trout. There will be a big fish plant prior the event and I’m sworn to secrecy but don’t be surprised if it’s in the middle of the night by helicopter! Headquarters will be Friday 9am to 9pm at the MWD office building. Big Bear Marina will be the weigh-in site Saturday at noon to 2 and 4 to 6 then Sunday noon to 2 when the event is over. Awards ceremony is at the convention center 3:30 Sunday. For more information and entries call Jackie Hall at 909-585-4007 or visit the official website at HERE

Now I’m always asked… what will it take to get the money? I always answer, one whale of a lot of “Lady Luck!” On the guide boat our philosophy is big fish hit the same things as small fish. So the more fish you catch, the greater your chance of scoring a toad. Trollers cover more water but bait fishermen use products similar to hatchery formula feeds. There’s not right or wrong way. Also I’ve seen leader boards where there’s only a half-pound separating 1st and 9th place. Then another year a double digit lunker will be on the top and a 1 pounder is still in the money. So keep an eye on the stats before you start grilling your fish. 

The waters are currently in the mid-fifties, ideal for trouting! Let’s see if we can sweet talk that lil’ angel upstairs into picture perfect weather. Good luck to all who are making a dash for the cash, keep a tight line and may your drag sing and well see you at the scales! 

This is Cliff Fowler with Cantrell’s guide service signing off with your most recent copy of Fowlers Fish Tails.

Cliff


FISH BITING FOR MAY: 

Rainbow Trout, Crappie, Bass 

BEST BAIT: 

Trout: NeedleFish, size 0  


April/May Fishing map of Big Bear Lake


WGF Episode 21: Expert Trout Fishing 5/6/14  Cliff Fowler


Fishing for trout may not be an exact science but Cliff Fowler gave some great expert advice on the in's and out's of reeling in that prize Rainbow Trout on a special guest appearence on the World's Greatest Fishing show.

Check out Cliff discussing what you should do on the podcast. Click the icon below to listen:

View Podcast Here



Fowler's Fish Tails 5/4/14  Cliff Fowler


When we get 4 inches of snow like last Saturday, dear Momma Nature certainly is letting us know just who is in charge… it’s not enough to resurrect winter… just enough to put a hiccup in spring! 

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

With the weather and temps going up and down like a yo-yo, it’s tough for that Blue Jewel to find any form of stability. Surface temps are directly relative to air temps and the latest skinny provided by our buds over at the MWD is as follows: It’s 54F degrees top and 50F bottom at the boom line, 55 and 50 are read off our old favorite Honey Hole, 55F and 51F of the Bayer Ramp, 57F and 55F around’ that big white dome, and finally, 59F surface and 58F on the floor up at juniper point. Dissolved oxygen is good n’ plenty throughout the column of agua and thusly there is no oxicline present. The western end is trying to form a thermocline with the layer differences in the top to bottom temps however temperature breaks are occurring in 3 different places, making it hard to call a specific level “the thermocline”. 

As I mentioned before, Nature’s calendar is about a month ahead of our calendar making for one very interesting spring! Those chunky hold-overs have already started a westerly move and it’s only the 1st of May. Our spring triangle is still holding fish but, as we continue the prowl, we’re finding pink-meats at Papoose Bay, Trout Alley, and Mikey’s Path. Scattered is an understatement but the best odds are still in the trout triangle area (see map). 

It is important to “match the hatch” and pay serious attention to light conditions. Using light lures when it’s bright and dark lures when it’s dull is a constitutional. Also a 3-dimensional crank lure like a Rapala and a “Garden Hackle” will round out the food chain. If you troll the night crawler, like we do, put a small dodger 2-3 feet in front for a bit of flash and watch that drag sing. 

That 3000acre puddle is calling your name and you have got her all to yourself right now so grab your rod, grab your sweetie, 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


FISH BITING FOR APRIL: 

Rainbow Trout, Crappie, Bass 

BEST BAIT: 

Trout: NeedleFish, size 0  







Fowler's Fish Tails 4/22/14  Cliff Fowler


With the winter of 2013-14 now in the record books… this has been one record many of us might like to forget.

Hi, this is Cliff Fowler with Cantrell’s Fishing Guide Service here at Pine Knot Landing with your season’s opener of Fowlers Fish Tails. When the cumulative snowfall total for the entire season was less than a foot, you can only imagine the economic hit our beautiful valley took. But we “weathered” through and now the Lake is open and we’re all off to our next phase, and that’d be fishin’! 

That Blue Jewel is absolutely gorgeous, down a bit due to the minimal precipitation, but still in great shape. Temps range from the high forties to the low fifties, clarity is very good, oxygen levels are high and there is almost no vegetation. This make for perfect conditions for our native pink meats as they are hungry, active, and very scrappy! We’ve been play… er, I mean “working” out there for a couple of weeks now, hooking some prize fighters, and you got to just love the quality and quantity! It’s time for our Spring Constitutional which will help make your season a productive season. 

First don’t forget to get your new fishing license, that brain fart would cost you big! Fishing licences are required by state law for anyone age 16 or older and are available in the Pine Knot Landing Bait and Tackle shop or at any any bait and tackle location in Big Bear Lake.Partially stocked fishing box The prices are all the same no matter where you go, though.

Next, take inventory and replace any and all tackle you lost last year so you can start fresh. Nothing is worse than realizing you need more weights or hooks after you are already halfway across the lake. 

Throw away and replace old baits, as dough baits will dry out over time and micro spheres will burst causing them to loose buoyancy. 

Most importantly DON’T forget to change that line. Mono fil will deteriorate over time when exposed to the sunlight, heat, or drastic temperature changes whether it is used or not. Reels should always be respooled and even spools of line should be checked for strength. If you store your spools of mono in a cool dry place out of the sunlight all the time it should probably last for a couple seasons… but let’s be honest, who always remembers to do that? Tangled fishing reelAlso, an additional benefit of changing that line is that rewrapping that reel can help prevent line memory. You know what I mean: when the fishing line retains the curve of the reel and ends up looking like a phone cord. That is not good for casting or for catching. So replace your line at the beginning of the season and don’t make the mistake of finding out your old line is bad when that personal trophy breaks it off! 

The fish are behaving about a month in front of our normal calendar due to the warmer water temperatures (not that I am complaining!). The hottest fishing spot on our 3,000 acre puddle right now is my favorite Spring Triangle. This magic triangle is the enclosed area between Eagle Point, over to the Observatory and down to Lagonita Point (see the map for more info). They are still very deep as they’re feeding off the bottom and are hitting a wide variety of offerings including (but not limited to) NeedleFish, Rapalas, Dick Nite’s, Thomas Bayons and some of the new line of deep water flies made by Larry Bottham, which we’ll talk about more in the future. 

It’s all about the grin factor and we’re smiling ear to ear here a mile and a quarter closer to heaven so let’s go bendo! This has been Cliff Fowler with Cantrell’s Guide Service signing off with your most recent copy of Fowlers Fish Tails!

Cliff 

[ed. We are very happy to have Cliff back again this year and pleased to say the marina is already fully operational and expecting to have a great season. Stop by this weekend to restock your fishing gear and don’t forget to check out the rest of the marina while you are here. For the fishers with boats, we still have plenty of berths available to buy or rent starting at only $850 for the season (more info). Don’t have a boat? No problem, stop by to check out the used boats we have for sale or you can rent a boat in the Marine Center (more info). Just want to take a tour of the lake with your friends? Miss Liberty Cruises is already paddlewheeling around the lake and would love to welcome you aboard. Happy fishing and we look forward to seeing you soon.    David S.]


FISH BITING FOR APRIL: 

Rainbow Trout, Crappie, Bass 

BEST BAIT: 

Trout: NeedleFish, size 0  


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Fowler's Fish Tails 6/20/14  Cliff Fowler


We were all aware that Windy was coming, but she could have left Gale at home! 

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

Right when the blue jewel was trying to stabilize into a pure summer mode… the blow went out of sight and stirred everything up so bad that that majestic puddle went right back to being so uniform it’s crazy. When we had a significant thermocline and a significant oxcline we knew exactly where to place our offering. The latest skinny on that oversized swimming pool is she’s 62F degrees on top and 61F degrees on the bottom from the Dam to Papoose Bay, 62F top and bottom off the Boyer Ramp, 63F top and bottom around that bid white dome and finally it’s 64F surface and 63F on the floor up in the East end. No deviation top to bottom has eliminated any form of TC and the DO is good’n plenty, only dropping below 5 parts per million 46 feet down at the boom line and 36 feet down off Fisher Cove. The massive wind patterns just stirred everything up so bad the clarity has dropped to only 4 feet giving a very stained appearance to the agua. 

I’m pleasantly surprised the catchin’ part of our fishin’ has stayed decent. Be flexible with color selection and “Match the Hatch” is our rule of thumb. With the stained appearance we nailed em on chicken wing, red magic, red dot frog, lady bug and lemon/lime. A Thomas buoyant in red or pink also got nailed along with our “garden hackle”. If lake traffic is down a bit, like mid-week, we’ll throw out that Rapala on a top line to get an emotionally double-parked toad. Most of the weekend we’ll leave the rod in the rack, as those not knowing what a white trolling flag means will cut you off at 10 bucks a pop! 

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 Cantrells Fishing Guide Service signing off with your most recent copy of Fowlers Fish Tales 

Cliff


FISH BITING: 

Rainbow Trout, Crappie, Bass, Catfish 

BEST BAIT: 

Trout: NeedleFish, size 0

Catfish: bag o' stink

Bass: Spinner jigs


Fowler's Fish Tails 6/12/14  Cliff Fowler


As one of our guides and two of our dockhand have left the magic kingdom and the halls of Big Bear High, it’s on to work at hand and that’s summer biz... especially fishing. 

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

Just give us some constitutional warm weather and watch how that Blue Jewel will react. I’ve said many times before that Momma Nature's calendar is at least a month in front of our calendar. If your not fishn’ like the middle of July, rather than the middle of June, you’re not hooking as many! Our buds over at MWD share the latest in the form of a “limno” as she has continued on her summer maturation pattern. It’s 65F degrees on top and 58F on the bottom at the boom line, 65F and 59F are read off Papoose Bay, 66F and 59F at the the west public launch, 66F and 60F off that big white dome and finally its 64F and 63F on the floor up around Juniper Point Thermoclines are abrupt now existing 23’ down at the dam, 16’ from Fisher Cove to the west ramp and up to the observertory and 13’ down in the east end. Our Oxycline has now become very important as the DO drops off below 5ppm likewide and that’s what we’ll concentrate on rather than the level of greatest do change. Those levels are 30ft down at the dam, 33 ft off our old favorite honey hole 23 ft deep off Boyer Ramp to the observatory, and finally 13ft in the east end.

Now the method in this madness: Fish below the thermocline and above the Oxycline at any of these locations west of that solar structure and any of our offerings will be in the golden zone. Continue to “match the hatch” in color selection. We’ve been productive still on the Reds, Chicken Wing and especially Lemon Line. That “garden hackle” has been pleasing the palate for those native pink meats needing something ‘au-natural’. And don’t forget to try some of our new deep trolling flies by Harry Bocham as they have been making a drag sing 

It’s all about the grin factor and we’re smiling ear to ear… so let’s go bendo! This is cliff fowler with Cantrell’s guide service signing off with your most recent copy of Fowlers Fish Tails.


Cliff


FISH BITING: 

Rainbow Trout, Crappie, Bass, Catfish 

BEST BAIT: 

Trout: NeedleFish, size 0

Catfish: bag o' stink

Bass: Spinner jigs


Fowler's Fish Tails 6/5/14  Cliff Fowler


June is a busy month here in our maintain paradise. It’s Dads and Grads with a derby or two mixed in to spice it up. 

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

We’re living on weekends till the 4th of July, but what’s new here? The drop dead gorgeous weather has allowed that blue jewel to continue on with the summer maturation and here’s the latest on her stats. She’s 59F degrees on top at the dam and 57 on the bottom. It’s 60F and 57F off Papoose Bay, 61 and 57 at the Boyer ramp, 63 and 61 off that big white dome and finally 64F surface and 62F on the floor out at Juniper Point. Only the west end has any form of Thermocline or Oxycline and they both exist 49ft down at the boom line. The thermocline is at 33’ and Oxycline at 39’ off our old favorite honey hole, and the thermocline and Oxycline are both at 23’ down off the west public launch ramp. The lake is currently showing 8’ of light penetration or clarity as shown by the secci dish. 

Now with the warming agua we have seen a very definite re-location of those native pink meats and the mouth of boulder bay, the mouth of Metcalf bay, and the path in between known as “trout alley” has been responsible for most bent sticks. While Needlefish remains the lure of choice for lead-core lines, we have gotten some quality ‘bows trolling Rapalas and that irreplaceable “garden hackle”. It just seems like they have a palate for something “au natural”. Again remember… while trolling that crawler, put a bit of flash like a spoon or dodger in front about 3 feet up. 

Bait boys should be slip bobbin by now and Stans in the only name you need to know. Many fine quality tackle shops can show you how to rig one and once you go slip bobbin, youll never fish that brushy bottom again. You can make a kid’s day with some of our “thin-fish” Crappie, bluegill and pumpkinseed can all be found around the junk pines and under docks. These hand sized scrappers are best taken with a finger-jig or a genuine bobber/worm set-up hangin a piece of crawler or mealy work it is a great way to get your “hooked” on a past-time that will last a lifetime! 

Paradise does exist a mile and quarter closer to heaven so let’s go Bendo! 

This is Cliff Fowler with Cantrell’s Guide Service signing off with your most recent copy of Fowlers Fish Tails.

Cliff


FISH BITING: 

Rainbow Trout, Crappie, Bass , 

BEST BAIT: 

Trout: NeedleFish, size 0


Fowler's Fish Tails 5/15/14  Cliff Fowler


As we get toward the mid-point of May, Dear Momma Nature is certainly letting us know just who is large and in charge! 

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

In the last week, we’ve experienced gale force prevailing westerlies, subtle breezes, gale force Santa Annas and all we can say is “it’s certainly about the blow” Rule of thumb is winds from the west, fishin’s the best. Wind from the east, catchin’ the least. Recently, we can take that to the bank. 

Well its tourney time in Big Bear as this coming weekend is not only the 2nd of the season in Arron’s Big Bass Tourney, but it the 32nd Annual May Trout Classic. This Big Bear constitutional now allows 500 anglers and theirs there’s still a few slots available for you procrastinators. The cash purse is $8000 based on a full stale and cash is paid to the 9 largest trout. There will be a big fish plant prior the event and I’m sworn to secrecy but don’t be surprised if it’s in the middle of the night by helicopter! Headquarters will be Friday 9am to 9pm at the MWD office building. Big Bear Marina will be the weigh-in site Saturday at noon to 2 and 4 to 6 then Sunday noon to 2 when the event is over. Awards ceremony is at the convention center 3:30 Sunday. For more information and entries call Jackie Hall at 909-585-4007 or visit the official website at HERE

Now I’m always asked… what will it take to get the money? I always answer, one whale of a lot of “Lady Luck!” On the guide boat our philosophy is big fish hit the same things as small fish. So the more fish you catch, the greater your chance of scoring a toad. Trollers cover more water but bait fishermen use products similar to hatchery formula feeds. There’s not right or wrong way. Also I’ve seen leader boards where there’s only a half-pound separating 1st and 9th place. Then another year a double digit lunker will be on the top and a 1 pounder is still in the money. So keep an eye on the stats before you start grilling your fish. 

The waters are currently in the mid-fifties, ideal for trouting! Let’s see if we can sweet talk that lil’ angel upstairs into picture perfect weather. Good luck to all who are making a dash for the cash, keep a tight line and may your drag sing and well see you at the scales! 

This is Cliff Fowler with Cantrell’s guide service signing off with your most recent copy of Fowlers Fish Tails.

Cliff


FISH BITING FOR MAY: 

Rainbow Trout, Crappie, Bass 

BEST BAIT: 

Trout: NeedleFish, size 0  


April/May Fishing map of Big Bear Lake


WGF Episode 21: Expert Trout Fishing 5/6/14  Cliff Fowler


Fishing for trout may not be an exact science but Cliff Fowler gave some great expert advice on the in's and out's of reeling in that prize Rainbow Trout on a special guest appearence on the World's Greatest Fishing show.

Check out Cliff discussing what you should do on the podcast. Click the icon below to listen:

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Fowler's Fish Tails 5/4/14  Cliff Fowler


When we get 4 inches of snow like last Saturday, dear Momma Nature certainly is letting us know just who is in charge… it’s not enough to resurrect winter… just enough to put a hiccup in spring! 

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

Big Bear Charter Fishing GuestsWith the weather and temps going up and down like a yo-yo, it’s tough for that Blue Jewel to find any form of stability. Surface temps are directly relative to air temps and the latest skinny provided by our buds over at the MWD is as follows: It’s 54F degrees top and 50F bottom at the boom line, 55 and 50 are read off our old favorite Honey Hole, 55F and 51F of the Bayer Ramp, 57F and 55F around’ that big white dome, and finally, 59F surface and 58F on the floor up at juniper point. Dissolved oxygen is good n’ plenty throughout the column of agua and thusly there is no oxicline present. The western end is trying to form a thermocline with the layer differences in the top to bottom temps however temperature breaks are occurring in 3 different places, making it hard to call a specific level “the thermocline”. 

As I mentioned before, Nature’s calendar is about a month ahead of our calendar making for one very interesting spring! Those chunky hold-overs have already started a westerly move and it’s only the 1st of May. Our spring triangle is still holding fish but, as we continue the prowl, we’re finding pink-meats at Papoose Bay, Trout Alley, and Mikey’s Path. Scattered is an understatement but the best odds are still in the trout triangle area (see map). 

It is important to “match the hatch” and pay serious attention to light conditions. Using light lures when it’s bright and dark lures when it’s dull is a constitutional. Also a 3-dimensional crank lure like a Rapala and a “Garden Hackle” will round out the food chain. If you troll the night crawler, like we do, put a small dodger 2-3 feet in front for a bit of flash and watch that drag sing. 

That 3000acre puddle is calling your name and you have got her all to yourself right now so grab your rod, grab your sweetie, 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


FISH BITING FOR APRIL: 

Rainbow Trout, Crappie, Bass 

BEST BAIT: 

Trout: NeedleFish, size 0  







Fowler's Fish Tails 4/22/14  Cliff Fowler


With the winter of 2013-14 now in the record books… this has been one record many of us might like to forget.

Hi, this is Cliff Fowler with Cantrell’s Fishing Guide Service here at Pine Knot Landing with your season’s opener of Fowlers Fish Tails. When the cumulative snowfall total for the entire season was less than a foot, you can only imagine the economic hit our beautiful valley took. But we “weathered” through and now the Lake is open and we’re all off to our next phase, and that’d be fishin’! 

That Blue Jewel is absolutely gorgeous, down a bit due to the minimal precipitation, but still in great shape. Temps range from the high forties to the low fifties, clarity is very good, oxygen levels are high and there is almost no vegetation. This make for perfect conditions for our native pink meats as they are hungry, active, and very scrappy! We’ve been play… er, I mean “working” out there for a couple of weeks now, hooking some prize fighters, and you got to just love the quality and quantity! It’s time for our Spring Constitutional which will help make your season a productive season. 

First don’t forget to get your new fishing license, that brain fart would cost you big! Fishing licences are required by state law for anyone age 16 or older and are available in the Pine Knot Landing Bait and Tackle shop or at any any bait and tackle location in Big Bear Lake.Partially stocked fishing box The prices are all the same no matter where you go, though.

Next, take inventory and replace any and all tackle you lost last year so you can start fresh. Nothing is worse than realizing you need more weights or hooks after you are already halfway across the lake. 

Throw away and replace old baits, as dough baits will dry out over time and micro spheres will burst causing them to loose buoyancy. 

Most importantly DON’T forget to change that line. Mono fil will deteriorate over time when exposed to the sunlight, heat, or drastic temperature changes whether it is used or not. Reels should always be respooled and even spools of line should be checked for strength. If you store your spools of mono in a cool dry place out of the sunlight all the time it should probably last for a couple seasons… but let’s be honest, who always remembers to do that? Tangled fishing reelAlso, an additional benefit of changing that line is that rewrapping that reel can help prevent line memory. You know what I mean: when the fishing line retains the curve of the reel and ends up looking like a phone cord. That is not good for casting or for catching. So replace your line at the beginning of the season and don’t make the mistake of finding out your old line is bad when that personal trophy breaks it off! 

The fish are behaving about a month in front of our normal calendar due to the warmer water temperatures (not that I am complaining!). The hottest fishing spot on our 3,000 acre puddle right now is my favorite Spring Triangle. This magic triangle is the enclosed area between Eagle Point, over to the Observatory and down to Lagonita Point (see the map for more info). They are still very deep as they’re feeding off the bottom and are hitting a wide variety of offerings including (but not limited to) NeedleFish, Rapalas, Dick Nite’s, Thomas Bayons and some of the new line of deep water flies made by Larry Bottham, which we’ll talk about more in the future. 

It’s all about the grin factor and we’re smiling ear to ear here a mile and a quarter closer to heaven so let’s go bendo! This has been Cliff Fowler with Cantrell’s Guide Service signing off with your most recent copy of Fowlers Fish Tails!

Cliff 

[ed. We are very happy to have Cliff back again this year and pleased to say the marina is already fully operational and expecting to have a great season. Stop by this weekend to restock your fishing gear and don’t forget to check out the rest of the marina while you are here. For the fishers with boats, we still have plenty of berths available to buy or rent starting at only $850 for the season (more info). Don’t have a boat? No problem, stop by to check out the used boats we have for sale or you can rent a boat in the Marine Center (more info). Just want to take a tour of the lake with your friends? Miss Liberty Cruises is already paddlewheeling around the lake and would love to welcome you aboard. Happy fishing and we look forward to seeing you soon.    David S.]


FISH BITING FOR APRIL: 

Rainbow Trout, Crappie, Bass 

BEST BAIT: 

Trout: NeedleFish, size 0  


April/May Fishing map of Big Bear Lake

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