The Best Big Bear Lake Fishing Spots

You only have to travel a few hours from the big cities of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills to enjoy some Big Bear Lake fishing. This snow-fed lake is located in the San Bernardino Mountains. It is surrounded by the towering pines of the San Bernardino National Forest, making it a recreational playground. Fishing is one of the many activities to be enjoyed by visitors staying at a Big Bear Lake bed and breakfast. There are many good spots on all sides of the lake for catching the big ones.

Garstin Island Fishing


Garstin Island, sometimes called China Island or Treasure Island, is an island located on the west side of Big Bear Lake. It features the house built by Herbert Garstin and his wife Maude in 1911, as well as other buildings and attractions. The boulders nearby are great for jumping, diving and fishing. The island is tiny, but is a great place to explore and try out your fishing skills.

Grout Bay Fishing: Captain John's Marina
39369 North Shore Drive
Fawnskin, CA 92333

Another Big Bear Lake fishing spot is Grout Bay. Grout Bay is located on the Northern edge of Big Bear Lake. Captain John's Marina on Grout Bay is a great place for fishing. You can relax on one of the fishing docks with your line in the water. You can rent a slip or mooring for the season, monthly, weekly or just overnight. If you don't have your own boat, rent a pontoon boat or bass boat for the day for just a few hundred dollars. Take a romantic cruise of the shoreline and scope out the area's fishing spots. There is plenty of parking and picnic areas at Captain John's Marina, and it's a great place to catch some bass.

Eagle Point Area
PO Box 860
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
(909) 866-4607

Eagle Point is located on the southeast side of Big Bear Lake just down the road from your Big Bear Lake inn. Fly fishing is popular in the shallow edges of the Eagle's Point area. Eagle Point was named for the bald eagles that return each winter. Trout are abundant in these waters, especially in the cooler fall season when the temperature is dropping. Since most of the southern edge of Big Bear Lake is privately owned, you will need a boat to explore these waters, which are also known for large catfish in the deeper areas.

Metcalf Bay: Pleasure Point Landing
603 Landlock Landing Rd.
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
(909) 866-2455

Pleasure Point Landing is the oldest operating marina on the lake and has been open since 1914. This marina, on the southwest side of the lake, is said to be the fisherman's favorite destination for Big Bear Lake fishing and boating. The landing has been updated and repaired and has modern boat docks and a knowledgeable staff that can give you solid fishing advice. This place is family oriented and offers a variety of services such as boat rentals, lake tours and boat repairs. You can also rent a kayak, canoe or pedal boat for a true family adventure. Trout fishing is popular in these fresh lake waters, and Pleasure Point Landing has all the supplies you will need.