Fishing Northern Large Mouth Bass in Big Bear Lake

by David Witthuhn - Date: 2007-01-21 - Word Count: 253 Share This!

The Northern strain Bass only have time during the year to grow inches compared to the Florida strain that doubles in size every year. That means when you catch a 5 lb fish it is probably about 12 years old compared to a Florida fish which is probably only a few years old. This is why it is so important to maintain catch and release in Big Bear Lake.

The adult Bass eats 50% crayfish and sculpin.

This is why I only use two kinds of set-ups to imitate both foods. The Bass up here are very hungry after a long Winter. The rule for temperature in spring is when it hits 40 degrees. However I have caught many at about 38 degrees. Also many people say the Bass don't like active water. I have found the mouth of tributaries in the Spring to be very productive.


I use a Stanley weedless black spider jig with a 3" grub trailer. Smoke salt and pepper or dark color grubs work best. I also use the same grubs texas rig, remembering to have a presentation like the real thing.


I found docks, boat ramps and tributaries to be best. Also I have found fishing just as good from shore as a boat. Fawnskin side of the Big Bear lake is not a well known spot but has been producing well the past few years now that it is full of water. Juniper Point is good under the docks. West side of the Observatory is good with a jig setup.

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