Tag: Fishing

Free Fishing in Big Bear Lake on September 6th

Big Bear Lake, Ca, September 1, 2010, 3:00pm – The California Department of Fish and Game invites all anglers to celebrate Labor Day by fishing in California’s spectacular waters – even without a license.   This Sept. 6 is one of California’s two Free Fishing Days (the other being the July 4), when residents and nonresidents alike can try their hand at fishing without needing to buy a sport-fishing license.   All fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements, fishing hours and stream closures remain in effect. While you will not need a fishing license to fish in Big Bear Lake on the 6th, you will still need a boat permit.  So if you plan on fishing from a boat, instead of from the shore, make sure you get a boat permit from the Municipal Water District.  For more information of boat permits visit...

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RA’s Fishin for $50K Trout Derby Results in Two $500 Prizes for Colton’s Kim Bray, and a Big Fish Prize for Local Ray Pulsipher

Big Bear Lake, CA — On what was a beautiful weekend to be on the lake, the Big Bear Lake Resort Association hosted the Fishin’ for $50K Trout Derby on June 5 and 6. Though two tagged fish were reeled in during the derby, it was Big Bear Lake resident Ray Pulsipher who bagged one of the biggest cash prizes of the day: $500 for the largest trout, weighing 3.77 pounds. However the biggest catch of the day was a 5.54 pound trout, reeled in by Kim Bray of Colton, which secured her a $500 cash prize for the Largest Trout caught by an Adult Female—plus $500 for the largest trout caught on Berkley PowerBait. The RA had planted 10 tagged trout in Big Bear Lake, with one worth a $50,000 prize; two of those tagged fish were reeled in by Cynthia Ybarra of Cerritos and Stephen Ashton of Calimesa. As recalled by tournament director Alan Sharp of Big Bear Marina, “My heart was pounding when I saw them bring the tagged fish to the weigh station—I really thought someone was going to walk away with $50,000!” Turns out that the tagged trout translated into prize packages for the two, with Ybarra winning a two-night stay in Big Bear, along with a charter fishing trip from Cantrell’s, while Ashton’s tagged trout scored him a two-night Big Bear stay and...

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Record Number of Entrants for Jim Hall Memorial May Trout Classic; Apple Valley’s Carl Van Burger Reels in $2025

Big Bear Lake, CA — The 28th annual Jim Hall Memorial May Trout Classic took place over the weekend and drew a record 401 entrants for the ever-popular fishing tournament run by the Hall family and local volunteers. The overall winner in the two-day event was Carl Van Burger of Apple Valley, who reeled in an 8.55 pound trout, which also netted him the top cash prize of $2025. Second place honors went to Neal Stueve of Monrovia for his 6.08 pound trout, and Big Bear’s Danny Marshall rounded out the top three with his 5.55 pound catch. Other anglers to collect cash prizes for their catches include Justin McKinley of Romoland, James Rafferty of Big Bear, Jose Martinez of Azusa, Stan Hayes of Poway, Jack Greenleaf of Big Bear, and Steve Rzepka of Running Springs. In the juniors category, for anglers ages 12 to 15, a trophy, rod and reel were won by 14-year-old Joseph Knapp of La Quinta, given his 2.35 pound catch. Other junior winners include 14-year-old Eugene Kessler of Norwalk and 15-year-old Robert Ash of Bellflower. Trophies, rods and reels also went to the top three in the pee-wee division, for those ages 5 to 11. The top catch among the pee-wees was a 4.37 pound trout, reeled in by Luke Bianchi of Northridge; five-year-old Tyler Palhegyi of Upland and eight-year-old Cheyenne Arroyo of Burbank...

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Big Bear Lake Gets Stocked With More Trout, in Anticipation of 28th Annual Jim Hall Memorial Trout Classic on May 15 & 16

Big Bear Lake, CA — The ever-popular Jim Hall Memorial May Trout Classic returns to Big Bear Lake in May’s third weekend—which also means that anglers can look forward to plenty more trout. “There is still space available for the 28th annual Jim Hall Memorial May Trout Classic,” Jacque Hall tells KBHR, “because this year we are increasing to 500 entrants. The entry fee is $60, and those fees go toward stocking Big Bear Lake with $10,000 worth of trophy-sized trout.” Last year’s event resulted in a $2,025 top prize for George Burruss of San Diego, who reeled in a 13.83 pound catch—the second largest trout ever in the long-running event, named for Jacque’s husband Jim Hall, a Big Bear City resident who formed the tournament back in 1983 with fellow fisherman Jerry Eden. As Jacque explains, “The Jim Hall Memorial is run by volunteers. It really is a family-oriented event, because we also have two categories for the children, who can win rods and reels and trophies—last year, seven-year-old Kaelee Haggerty, winner in the Pee Wee Division, outfished a lot of more experienced anglers!” This year’s prize pool is even bigger as, based on 500 entrants, the total cash purse is now up to $7,700, with cash awards to the top nine participants. The 28th annual Jim Hall Memorial Trout Classic is May 15 and 16, and entry...

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The Trout Are Biting on Big Bear Lake; Fowler’s Fish Tales Returns on Saturday

Big Bear Lake, CA — With lake access, given the re-opening of the boat launch ramps on April 1st, and a break in the snowy weather, ’tis the season to fish on Big Bear Lake. With lake temperatures in the 40s, local fishing guide Cliff Fowler has been testing the waters, so to speak, and found that there were plenty of good-sized trout to be reeled in. “It’s still a little cooler than the optimal environment for trout,” Fowler, a fishing guide for Cantrell’s Fish and Guide Service, says, “so they are a little deeper in the lake right now. The water is still too cold for any other species right now, so fishermen should try to focus on trout on Big Bear Lake.” On a preliminary fishing tour this week, Fowler says that trout were caught at Sawmill Cove, Lagonita Point, in Trout Alley (between Boulder and Metcalf Bays), off Eagle Point, and near the observatory on the North Shore and, he noted, the trout aren’t tightly concentrated in any one area on Big Bear Lake. “We caught the trout on lures: silver shads, red-dot frogs, chicken wing, and CD Rapala. Each of the trout we reeled in was at least two pounds plus, which is a nice native holdover—pink meat! And this is the time of year that bait fishermen can really score well, because the fish...

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