The State of California requires anglers to hold a valid fishing permit. If you are 16 or older, you need a license. Fishing licenses are available at most sporting goods stores and marinas.
There are restrictions: Generally the catch limit is 5 in the lakes and two in the streams. Anglers in the wild streams are encouraged to “catch and release.” Some fishing also restricts the type of equipment you may use. A basic license is for using one rod at a time. For more detailed information on hunting and fishing in California, contact the California Department of Fish and Game.
Big Bear Lake is open for fishing 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Lake is regularly stocked with Rainbow Trout, with a limit of 5 per day. Other species in the Lake include large mouth bass, small mouth bass, bluegill, black crappie, sunfish, carp, channel catfish and pumpkinseed.
Some of the best remote stream fishing in California is in Deep Creek and Bear Creek. They both feature the illusive native Brown Trout. Maps are available at the Discovery Center. You will also need an Adventure Pass to park at the trailheads nearest the stream. The Brown Trout can only be fished with artificial lures (no bait) on barbless hooks. There is a limit of 2 a day on trout 8″ or larger. Anglers are encouraged to “catch and release” in these areas.
Green Valley Lake
Shoreline fishing all year for a nominal fee as well as boat fishing during daylight hours: trout, bass, catfish and bluegill
Stream fishing (wild trout) from Green Valley Creek down to Willow Creek. Two-fish (8″ or longer) limit using artificial lure with a single barbless hook.
Use of the Lake is limited to members of the Arrowhead Lake Association. Public fishing is allowed only in the area around Lake Arrowhead Village.
Lake Gregory offers a variety of fishing opportunities for trout, bass, catfish, crappie, carp and bluegill. Shore fishing is free year round; boat and float tubing rentals are also available (909- 338-2233).
Lake Silverwood offers shore and boat fishing for trout and striped bass as well as crappie, catfish, and large mouth bass There is a local tackle store.