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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 7/28/15  Cliff Fowler

As we're past mid July one can only wonder where in the heck is our summer going?

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.

Well dear Momma Nature got off her AC/DC 'tude with cold and hot going back and forth like a yo-yo and now it's just inferno type temps so typical for summer, but thank goodness we're not like Palm Desert and Mesa Arizona where we just came from where it didn't get under degrees anytime! 

This week has made for one topsy turvy scenario on that majestic puddle as she's acting like a fall turnover in the middle of summer! She lost a bunch of temperature on the top and gained a bunch of warmth on the bottom bringing the two back so close we've eliminated any form of thermocline anywhere. She's currently 66 degrees on the surface and 65 degrees on the floor from the Dam to Papoose Bay, it's 66 degrees throughout the column of agua off the West Public Launch Ramp and finally it's 68 degrees top and 67 degrees bottom from the Observatory East to Juniper Point. This highly UNTIMELY mixing bowl effect not only has the water temps uniform, but the dissolved oxygen has spread uniformly that our oxycline has ALSO diminished leavng no specific holding levels on levels not to penetrate. Having readings of 6.3 to 8.95 on the surface and 5.3 to 7.59 on the bottom is SO UNCANNY for this time of the year. We gotta go with it and be extremely felxable with depth and color cuz they can be anywhere right now. Hoepfully this is a short lived phenomenon and things will return back to summer norm soon! 

For the time being, we're going with our tried n true of Metcalf Bay west to the island, 2 to 4 colors in the water and "Match the Hatch" with lights when it's bright and darks when it's full in order to keep a stick bent.

Paradise does exist at 7000', grab your Grommet...Give them a tackle box, not an X-Box...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.


Fowler's Fish Tails 7/11/15  Cliff Fowler

As we stumble thru July, dear Momma Nature doesn't know whether to bake us to freeze us out...but we all know 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 Fowler's Fish Tales.

After the "big" Holiday and the night sky going Kaboom, the day after the Pyro show, every self respecting rainbow DID hide under the nearest rock. Thank goodness they got over it and by the 6th started to hit in decent numbers again. Now, we're in the typical summer fickle where it's either HOT or it's NOT and every day can be a different story. One trip we'll catch 9 fish and the next one only two. But that's why we call it fishin'...we never did call it catching!

Current skinny on that blue jewel shows the thermoclines bouncing around a bit in the West end and I'm not going to pay any attention to them as the Oxyclines (which are far more important) are consistent and as in-tune anglers know...these are the levels not to penetrate. They exist 26 feet down at the Boom Line, 30 feet off Papoose Bay up to 23 feet deep off the West Public Ramp. They don't exist in the eastern 1/2 of the lake, but there's no trout there anyway! Clarity has diminished a bit but 7 1/2 feet of light penetration is still great for this time of year. 

With the fluctuating light conditions, namely going from a lot of cloud cover to clear skies, now it's more important than ever to "match the hatch" basically using brights when it's light and darks when it's dull in order to mimic nature. Thus, be prepared to throw the whole tackle box at em in order to have a bent stick!

Bucket mouths are post spawn and spinner baits and buzz baits work well in heavier vegetation, but don't forget a "garden hackle" is natures perfect creation.

Whisker fish are doing well in this warm agua for you insomniac anglers. They're having a mac-attack, but will also inhale chicken liver, anchovies, shrimp, or a bag of stink. The clear sandy bottom just outside the structure line is the best way to score a "kitty".

It's all about the grin factor and we're smilin' ear to ear here a mile and a quarter closer to heaven. So pull up a rock and let's go BENDO!

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


Fowler's Fish Tails 7/2/15  Cliff Fowler

As we celebrate the worlds greatest nations Independence Day, let's all remember...Freedom isn't Free!

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.

This years Pyrotechnic Spectacular will be the best show yet with new stuff and more 10'' shells than ever before...however...be patient with our finned friends as when the night sky goes Kaboom, every self-respecting rainbow will be headed to hide under the nearest rock!

Our buds over at MWD share with us the latest skinny on that blue jewel in the form of a "limno" so here goes. She's 67 degrees on top and 62 on the bottom at the dam, 67 and 63 are read off our old "Favorite Honey Hole". 68 and 64 measured at the Boyer Ramp, 69 and 67 around the Big White Dome, and finally it's 69 surface and 68 degrees floor up in the East End. Again...our thermocline is our oxycline (which is a level not to penetrate) and that exists 26 feet down at the Boom Line, 23' deep off Papoose Bay and 16 feet deep from the West Public Ramp to the Observatory. And again the clarity is awesome with 9 1/2 feet of light penetration. 

Now I don't want to sound like a broken record as in-tune locals know what all this grab means, but for you weekend warriors there are two ways to catch trout now. First, troll deep with leadcore or a down rigger and have a variety of erratci wobblers like Needlefish, Dick Nite Spoons, Thomas Bouyants, or even a Tazmanian Devil. Use lights when it's bright and darks when it's dull in order to "match the hatch". Warm water and bright light will push them down but only as far as the oxycline cuz they can't live where they can't breathe.

Same holds true for you bait fisherman as the second successful way to go BENDO is to use our Big Bear Constitutional of a Stan's Slip Bobber. It's a controlled depth fishing float where you fish deep from the top down rather than from the bottom up. The bobber stop is the magic to this system and can be placed on the line at whatever depth you want your bait suspended AND can be moved up and down to fish shallower or deeper as light conditions permit. This can be used with any type of bait.

Let's celebrate in style...Paradise does exist at 7000'...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 6/26/15  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.