Sunday, April 12, 2009

Spring in Big Bear Lake

It's springtime in the mountains! Check the current forecast here before heading up to 7,000 feet, and don't forget to pack the fishing poles and mountain bikes!

Looking for good deals on great lodging? Big Bear Vacations "daily bargain" is by far the best deal on the mountain! With options for every budget and over 350 homes to choose from, it's hard to beat prices this low.

Calendar of Events

April 7 - Farmers Market Opens for Season
April 18 - Big Bear Lake MS Walk
April 26 - Antique Car Club's "Spring Cruisin"

May 16 - May Trout Classic - Jim Hall Memorial
May 23 - Discovery Center Summer Concert Series

The lake is full and the sun is shining!

Friday, April 10, 2009


Wednesday, April 8, 2009

This Week

The Current Forecast
Low pressure will move through the area Wednesday with colder temperatures, gusty winds and a chance for rain & snow showers. Highs will only climb into the 30s Wednesday as the snow level drops to around 5,000 feet where not more than a couple inches of snow is forecast. Expect a brief break Thursday as highs make it back into the 40s before another, stronger storm rolls into the west coast Friday with another round of cold temperatures and a chance for additional snow, where several inches may be possible. Clearing and warmer weather will return over the weekend.

The Current Snow Report
Snow Summit will be open at least through April 12th- we have enough snow to stay open the week after Easter but a decision will be made on Saturday based on skier interest. Bear Mountain's last day of operation is April 12th.

Head up now to enjoy the last snow of the season! We still have great deals on our specials page. Click here to see the current bargain of the day!

Friday, April 3, 2009


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Big Bear Lake in the News!

Big Bear: At a fish-full lake, reel in a $50K trout

Calling all anglers: Having collected about 120 inches of snowfall over the winter season, Big Bear Lake is ripe for some fishing. Shore fishing has been improving, according to a Big Bear Marina report, and on Wednesday, the two public boat-launch ramps on the 7-mile-long mountain lake will open up for the season.

The freshwater lake is brimming with rainbow trout and other fish varieties including bass, catfish and crappie. The Department of Fish and Game plants more than 150,000 pounds of rainbow trout in the lake every year.

Plus, Big Bear Lake at present boasts a depth of just over 67 feet at its lowest point (the average depth is 35 feet). By the end of April, the water level should have increased by an additional foot or two, according to Big Bear Municipal Water District (BBMWD) officials.

“A fresh influx of water naturally helps fish grow faster and provides a healthier habitat,” said BBMWD Lake Manager Mike Stephenson in a recent news release by the Big Bear Lake Resort Assn.

For a potentially really big catch, don’t miss the “Fishin’ for 50K Trout Derby” on May 30 and 31, which will offer fisherfolk the chance to catch a tagged fish worth a $50,000 cash prize. Besides this fish, nine other tagged fish will offer monetary prizes and Big Bear packages.

The event costs $35 per adult, $20 per child (15 and under). If you book stays between May 29 and 31 through Big Bear Lake Resort Assn., then you get free admission to the contest.

Contact: Big Bear Lake Resort Assn. (800) 424-4232

- Susan Derby, Special to the Los Angeles Times

[Photo: Rainbow trout. Credit: Big Bear Marina]