As Trout Spawn in Spring Season, No Fishing From Tributaries

Big Bear Valley, CA -- With the ice now melted from Big Bear Lake and the anticipation of the boat launch ramps re-opening on April 1st, fishing season is upon us. If you haven’t yet purchased your fishing license for the season, they are available from sporting goods stores at a cost of $41.50, cost for a second rod stamp on your license is … [Read more...]

MWD Board Moves Forward With Commercial Activities Ordinance, Approves Upcoming Lake Events

Big Bear Lake, CA -- More fun events are coming to Big Bear Lake—given unanimous approval from the Board of Directors for the Big Bear Municipal Water District who, on Thursday, approved lake permits for the following: The Jim Hall Memorial Trout Classic on May 15 and 16, the Fishin’ for 50K Trout Derby on June 5 and 6, and the annual Fourth of … [Read more...]

MWD Board to Consider Permit Approval for Lake Events, Ordinance Update for Commercial Rentals

Kaelee's 5.56 pound trout earned her a rod and reel, plus a trophy; grownups win cash prizes for top catches in the Jim Hall Memorial.

Big Bear Lake, CA -- A number of events are coming to Big Bear Lake, including the Jim Hall Memorial May Trout Classic on May 15 and 16, the Fishin’ for 50K Trout Derby on June 5 and 6, and the annual Fourth of July fireworks show—all of these pending permit approval, which will likely be granted during this afternoon’s meeting of the Board … [Read more...]

City Council Endorses Ballot Initiatives, Approves Boulder Bay Park and Knickerbocker Road Improvements, and Will Look Into Bingo Payouts

The League of California Cities presentation before Council outlined the state's history of revenue cuts to local governments. Of the 91 initiatives proposed for the November 2 election, 10 of them are related to economic reform, including the Local Taxpayers, Public Safety and Transportation Protection Act discussed by presenter Nancy Cisneros.

Big Bear Lake, CA -- At this week’s meeting of the City Council of Big Bear Lake, the full Council supported a ballot measure for the November 2 election that would allow Big Bear Lake voters to determine whether they are in favor of a city charter amendment to extend Department of Water and Power Board requirements to all DWP customers, … [Read more...]

Troutfest 2009: Two Days on the Lake, 1,000 Anglers and One New Ford F150 Truck

About 1,000 fishermen braved this weekend's cool temps to participate in the annual Troutfest.

As in years past, this weekend’s Troutfest, hosted by the Big Bear Municipal Water District and sponsored by Western Outdoor News, was a sell-out, with an estimated 200 anglers being turned away for the October 3 and 4 event. Of the 1,000 participants who did sign up on time to drop a line into Big Bear Lake, Western Outdoor News tells KBHR that … [Read more...]

October’s TroutfesT to Include Tagged Fish Worth a Ford F150; Anglers Encouraged to Register Before Trout Derby Sells Out


Last year’s TroutfesT included 1,000 participants, though 200 fishermen were turned away as the event sold out early. For this year’s event, to be held on Big Bear Lake on October 3 and 4, the entry deadline is September 23 and, at present, there are less than 200 spaces available for the trout derby, which includes cash prizes—and a tagged … [Read more...]

Boaters Reminded to Abstain from Alcohol and Wear a Life Jacket; Free Fishing on Big Bear Lake for Labor Day Holiday

The Labor Day holiday should be a great day for boating, with a forecast for sunny skies and water temperatures for Big Bear Lake averaging 68 degrees. However, before boaters hit the water, the State Department of Boating and Waterways Director Raymond Tsuneyoshi reminds, “It is important that boaters maintain a proper lookout, abstain from … [Read more...]

MWD’s Carp Round-Up Nets 2,650 Pounds of Fish, and Cleans Up the Lake’s Ecosystem

Top shoreline team of Jake Ashbaugh and Darik Roney of Riverside brought in 115 pounds of carp.

Big Bear Lake’s ecosystem is much improved, now that 2,650 pounds of carp have been removed—this, thanks to this weekend’s sixth annual Carp Round-Up, hosted by the Municipal Water District. According to the MWD’s Lake Manager Mike Stephenson, “Carp are our #1 ecosystem destruction tool in Big Bear Lake.” In addition to causing more … [Read more...]

Quagga, Trees, and $350,000 at Stake: City Council Discusses Phase 2 of Boulder Bay Park

Discussion on the Boulder Bay Park took up a large part of last night’s nearly five hour meeting of the City Council of Big Bear Lake. As agendized on the Consent Calendar, Council was to potentially approve authorization to advertise for bids for the completion of phase 2 of the park, given the recent receipt of a $350,000 grant that would cover … [Read more...]

Municipal Water District Hosts 6th Annual Carp Round-Up on Big Bear Lake This Weekend

The 6th annual Carp Round-Up on Big Bear Lake takes place this weekend (June 6 & 7), and two-person teams for the two-day event can still sign up through the Municipal Water District. The entry fee is $40 per person, and participants will receive a t-shirt, raffle ticket, mesh fish bag and hot dog lunch at Sunday’s awards ceremony, to take … [Read more...]