Big Bear Lake, Ca April 1, 2011 12:00 pm – The 2011 season for Big Bear Lake has begun. Each year, the Big Bear Municipal Water District officially opens the lake for fishing, boating, and water skiing at the beginning of April. While there is still snow on the mountain slopes, Stacy, on duty at the MWD’s East Boat Ramp, says she has been busy. The ramp has already launched at least 25 boats and she has heard reports that fishing is good, especially at the east end of the lake. Boating permits for motorized craft, sailboats, and paddlers must be obtained prior to launching and all vessels must also be inspected for quagga mussel infestation. The mussels can live in standing water for several months and are not visible to the eye. For this reason, the MWD asks that prior to launch, all boats and trailers be clean of debris, all bilges, lockers, and engines be drained and dry. Boats that are damp or with standing water will require decontamination. Boats with obvious mussel infestation will require decontamination and may be prohibited from launching. Boat permits, inspections, and decontamination services are available at the East Ramp from 6:00 am – 6:00 pm Sunday through Thursday and 6:00 am – 7:00 pm Fridays and Saturdays. Big Bear Lake is at its highest level in years, ready for a full season of fishing and boating, beginning this weekend.