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Lures and bait with honorable mention this week are (trout) Helgy ,red-dot frog Needlefish, Rainbow Glitter Powerbait, rainbow color spoons small (catfish) Nitro Biscuits, shrimp, chicken livers, and mackerel (east end, night) (bass) poppers silver, grub Texas rig. (pan fish) Crappie Johns dark colors.
Well the lake has turned over. That means the top temperature is hotter than the body. This is typical summer conditions and happens every year just different dates. I could be cruel and tell you what to do only if you subscribe to Fishing Newsletter. But that would not get me anything but upset readers.
The fishing Newsletter will however show you the areas to troll right now. I will tell you that trolling with colored line is a must at about 3 - 4 colors. Stay away from flat line trolling with mono. Use a CD-7 4 colors down.
Shore fishing I would stay on the north shore between the dam and windy point and use a standard set up with 3 lb leader.
Most fish are being caught between 15 and 30 feet in those areas.
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Looks like the MWD took my advice and inspect at the launching ramps for the Quagga mussel infest. This mussel in quantity eats up the food chain for the sport fishing. However that only covers two public boat ramps. Let's hope the other marinas take up the slack. I know John has done that at Fawnskin Harbor.
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It's summer now. Summer tactics apply. (Shore trout) 18 treble and 3lb leader. (Trolling trout) lead core line 4 colors and a CD-7
(bass shore or still boat) Grub Texas rig.
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I remember when PowerBait first came out. I was still using marsh mellow and salmon eggs and English muffin, Velveeta and garlic salt. It was bright Yellow. Then more colors and my partner at the time combined all the colors. Big Bear Sporting Goods would tell the sales rep who in turn told the manufacture. Suddenly Rainbow was born. Then we tried glitter from her crafts and walla ! Rainbow glitter was born. I have custom bait that works even better not to buy from me. (I share that in Fishing Newsletter).
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OCTOBER TROUTFEST**OCTOBER 4 & 5----Western Outdoor News 949-366-0030 This tournament has grown to a major event. They stock the lake with an abundance of good size trout and even some real large Alpin trout. Locals enjoy the fishing with large trout for weeks after the event.
I'm usually disqualified from fishing the tournaments because I'm usually involved with the plants. Funny it makes no difference if you know where they are planted! Go figure!
Lures that will and have worked well for this lake
Kastmaster: silver when clear, bronze when cloudy (Both are doing well every year)
Rainbow Rappala countdown CD-7 I believe. I find any type of rainbow or standard minnow look works great.
I'm playing with different lures this year and some are great. I will tell fishing Newsletter subscribers first.
Small spoons. Tiger colors, blue yellow dots, silver, green yellow dots and others.
The Helgy has had some action in 2007 & 8 However that just means use an assortment of spoons. The last week I have had emails saying the blue with yellow spots has been working. I always have multiple spoons when trolling. I would imagine the white would work good but haven't tried them myself. The Kastmaster has always worked for me. Even with mono line.
Dave Davies or Ford Fender flashers could be used now that the fish are 15 -30 feet below the surface because of the hot sun and the lake turning over.
Rainbow Glitter PowerBait
Salmon Peach PowerBait (Hot I have had emails saying this is working 4 to 1 over Rainbow )
(Don't just use a worm as this is not selective enough and you will catch everything from carp to blue gill)
All Power Baits are working right now from shore but as usual Glitter Rainbow has been the best.
3 to 31/2 grub smoke silver or DK brown, Texas or Carolina rig (Fishing Notes shows rigs)
Weed-less Spider jig with grub trailer, blk or dk brown or dk brown plastic worm.
(even though they can be caught in Winter they are extremely difficult to agitate to bite.)
White or Chartreuse/white spinner bait. (usually warmer water). They are usually dormant until Spring or 40 degree water which ever comes first.
Right now I use a jig head with weight and a split shot about 1 foot up for flat bottom or about 3 ft. up for growth. Look for ambush areas or quick escapes to deep water like shelves, docks for the food source to go by. Bass are predatory.
It's time at sunset to try a few poppers in the bays and you will have a blast. I do!
Remember Big Bear Lake has Northern Large Mouth Bass and 50% of an adult bass and super trout (10lbs +) diet in Spring is crayfish. Either might be your next catch. So a grub looks like a sculpin (Texas rig preferred) and a jig looks like a crayfish. (Crawdad, they scoot backwards)
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The Fish and Game have sneaky boats plus they come up as fishermen decoys! The boat that patrols around is not the Fish and Game! Remember you need a license if 16 or older. You can pick one up at Big Bear Sporting Goods, Marinas, any tackle shop down the hill, or K-Mart.
Juniper point is producing but try to stay from Grout Bay to the dam on both sides. North Shore has been great all Year. I caught 3 over 10lbs this January.
Now is great because of the last tournament stocking. But remember we have over a million what we call carry overs. If the fish is white it is a stocked fish and if it is pink it is a carry over.
If these tips do not work for you then there is still an alternative.
If you have kids and the most important thing is to have them catch a fish and you are short on time, then Alpine Trout Lakes should be your next step. I would recommend this place for short trips right now while the fishing is difficult with the lake turning over. The kids and family will have a great time. It's a 1000% better odds the kids will catch fish. It's better than fishing in a barrel. There is barbeques, picnic tables, food and drink and forest mountain atmosphere. Pole rentals and they will even clean the fish!
Steve stocks Alpine Trout lake with Tim Alpers trout, the same quality and famous trout stocked in Bishop area lakes, June and Green Valley Lakes!
The poles are setup with my rig by the way. 909-866-4532..... 440 Catalina Rd. 4 blocks from my house. 1/4 mile off Big Bear Blvd.
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Remember we are trying not to ever get the Quagga mussels introduced into our lake! Be sure everything is dry and clean on your trailer and boat before launching. We have had some close calls but John at Fawnskin Harbor gets a lot of credit for stopping an infected boat! Now that the MWD inspects boats and trailers it is helping but they only monitor two ramps.
Maybe they will take my second recommendation and stock some more Sun fish that eat these larvae. It's only 2 months out of the year we run a risk of infection.
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July 8th, 2008
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