Marinas and Public Launch Ramp Open for the Season in Big Bear

Big Bear Marina                                                                                                                             (500 Paine Court) 909-866-3218-

Captain John’s Marina                                                                                                          (39396 North Shore Drive) 909-866-6478

East & West Ramp Public Launch                                                                                   (41911 & 38925 North Shore Dr) 909-866-5200 & 909-866-2917

Holloway’s Marina & Pirate Ship                                                                                            (398 Edgemoor Rd) 909-866-5706

North Shore Landing                                                                                                             (38573 North Shore Dr) 909-878-4386

Pine Knot Marina                                                                                                                           (439 Pine Knot Ave) 909-866-7766

Pleasure Point Marina                                                                                                                (603 Landlock Landing Rd) 909-866-2455


Fishing Tournaments in Big Bear Lake for 2017

Fishing Tournaments in Big Bear Lake for 2017

April 1- Aaron’s Big Bear Lake Bass Tournament qualifier  800-475-3166

May 6- Aaron’s Big Bear Lake Bass Tournament qualifier 800-475-3166

May 20-21- Hall Family May Trout Classic 909-866-5796 

June 3-4- Fishin’ for $50k Trout Derby, Big Bear Visitors Bureau 800-424-4232

June 10- Aaron’s Big Bear Lake Bass Tournament qualifier 800-475-3166

June 17-18- 14th Annual Carp Round-Up, Big Bear Municipal Water District 909-866-5796

July 15- Aaron’s Big Bear Lake Bass Tournament qualifier 800-475-3166

Aug 12- Aaron’s Big Bear Lake Bass Tournament qualifier 800-475-3166

Sept 9-10- Aaron’s Big Bear Lake Bass Tournament of Champions 800-475-3166, Western Outdoor News Troutfest, 949-366-0248,


Good News for Trout Anglers in Big Bear

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Good News for Trout Anglers

The summer of 2015 went down in Big Bear Lake history as one that was lacking if you enjoyed competively fishing for trout. Two tournaments—the Jim Hall Memorial May Trout Classic and the Fishin’ for $50K Trout Derby—went on hiatus for a variety of reasons.

Here’s a little advance notice to all you anglers out there. Check out your fishing gear and get ready. Two trout tournaments are on the schedule for May and June in the summer of 2016.

The Big Bear Visitors Bureau recently applied for and received a permit to bring back the Fishin’ for $50K Trout Derby in June. Dates for the two-day fishing tournament are set for June 11 and 12. More information will soon be available online at

The other tournament is considered a new derby hosted by the Big Bear Municipal Water District, but there will be a familiar face at the helm. The MWD presents the Hall Family May Trout Classic tournament with Jason Hall as the volunteer executive director. Hall told The Grizzly that registration forms will soon be available at the MWD office. The event is scheduled for May 14-15 with the weigh-in station at the MWD parking lot.

The event is also co-sponsored by the Big Bear Visitors Bureau. There will be an awards ceremony at The Convention Center at Big Bear Lake.

More details will soon be available, according to Hall. Meetings are being held to finalize all the details.

This is great news, not only for anglers, but for the spring economy of Big Bear Lake. Fishing tournaments attract large numbers of eager anglers, providing local lodges, marinas and restaurants with a much-appreciated boost during what is usually considered the shoulder season.

If El Niño comes through with a stellar rain and snow season in February, March and April, the lake level will rise. And with Fishin’ for $50K and the Hall Family May Trout Classic, along with Aaron’s Bass Tournament series, the Carp Round-Up and the World Outdoor News October TroutfesT, Big Bear Lake’s sport fishing season is shaping up to make 2016 a very good year.

Kathy Portie writes about sports and recreation for The Grizzly. Follow her on Twitter @BBGrizzlyKathy.


Big Bear Paddlefest 2015 at New Venue

Photo courtesy of Scott Hoffman
Photo courtesy of Scott Hoffman

Big Bear Paddlefest is July 18, 2015

As the lake level changes, so too, does the Big Bear PaddleFest.  For the third time in its eight years of existence, the Big Bear PaddleFest has a new place to call home. Because of the lower lake level, the most recent venue, Swim Beach, is unavailable for 2015. But that didn’t worry event organizers Jim and Janet Dooley. They found a new place for this year’s fest, at The Pines Lakefront just east of Pine Knot Marina.

The Big Bear PaddleFest features a vendor expo, clinics and racing in all paddle sports categories. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, there is a race for you in kayak, canoe and standup paddleboard.

Registration begins at 6 a.m. with a mandatory quagga mussel inspection. Races are scheduled to start at 7 a.m. for 20K, around-the-lake racing. A SUP yoga class is at 7:30 a.m. followed by 5K races at 8:30 a.m. SUP yoga is also available at 9 a.m. before the 10K races, which start at 9:30 a.m.

There is a kids Bear Challenge at 11 a.m. followed by a Kids fun race for ages 5 to 12. Standup paddleboard clinics are at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

SUP sprints are at 11:30 a.m. and the popular SUP relay races are at noon.

Vendors at the expo include New Belgium Brewing Company, Hobie SUP, Yolo Boards, King’s Paddle Sports, Keen Footwear, the US Adaptive Recreation Center, US Coast Guard Auxiliary Paddlecraft, Smith Optics, Clif Bar, Nuun, Elev8 Pictures, Big Bear Vacations, Big Bear Fishing Adventures, The North Face, Gray Whale Paddle, California division of Boating and Waterways, Infinity Surfboard Company, Infinity Boards, Necky Kayaks and Cobian.

The day culminates with the awards ceremony and beach party from 1 to 3 p.m. with food, music and games. Stick around and watch the sun set on Big Bear Lake. Admission is free. There are entry fees for races.

For more information or to register, visit

The Big Bear PaddleFest is sponsored by North Shore Trading Company and New Belgium Brewing Company. North Shore Trading Company is at 39130 North Shore Drive, Fawnskin. The Pines Lakefront is at 350 Alden Road, Big Bear Lake.

Wooden Boats on the Water

Annual Antique and Wooden Boat Show is this Saturday
Annual Antique and Wooden Boat Show is this Saturday

Antique Boat Show Set for Pine Knot Landing

Written by Kathy Portie of the Big Bear Grizzly.

It’s an annual retreat of wooden perfection. Every year, dozens of wooden and antique boat enthusiasts travel to Big Bear to participate in the annual Antique and Wooden Boat Show. The show is hosted by the Antique and Classic Boat Society, spearheaded by ACBS member Charlie Brewster.

The public can see the classic boats Saturday, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pine Knot Landing in Big Bear Lake. Admission is free.

“We have some really nice boats this year, some that you’ve never seen before,” says Brewster. “There will be a Meteor tugboat, a 25-foot Garwood, Chris Crafts, and perhaps the best one is the Cobra with the fin.”

Brewster expects about 25 to 30 classic and wooden boats at the 31st annual Big Bear show, with participants coming from as far away as Arizona and Northern California. Brewster says he will have his classic barrel back boat also on display.

Classic cars from the Big Bear Lake Antique Car Club and model remote-control boats will also be on display at G Dock at Pine Knot Landing.

Hamburgers and hot dogs will be available for purchase. Parking is available in the nearby Village and near the marina, Brewster says.

On Aug. 22, there is an on-the-water poker run beginning at 10 a.m. While the run is open only to show participants, visitors can see the boats as they make their way around the lake.

The 31st annual Big Bear Antique and Wooden Boat Show is at Pine Knot Landing, 439 Pine Knot Ave., Big Bear Lake.

Pine Knot Landing Acquires Parasail

Pine Knot Marina

Quick little article by Kathy Portie of the Big Bear Grizzly regarding Parasailing in Big Bear Lake

Pine Knot Landing Acquires Parasail

When Wally Weber decided to sell his parasail and personal watercraft rental concession on Big Bear Lake, he didn’t have far to go to find a buyer.
Pine Knot Landing, where Weber’s concession is located, came forward quickly, at least to purchase part of the business. “We bought the parasail, Jet Skis and trailers,” says Leo McCarthy, general manager and harbor master for Pine Knot Landing. “We didn’t buy the jet boat. It was too high maintenance and didn’t hold up very well.”
So, this summer, Big Bear Parasail became Pine Knot Parasail with the same employees, the same location and the same level of fun on the lake. “It was our dock, our facilities,” McCarthy says. “Wally would contract with us.”
McCarthy knows a good thing when he sees it. “It’s been a good addition for us and is doing very well,” McCarthy says. “We’ve pretty much kept everything the same. We’ve got 10,000 brochures and as cheap as I am, I say they look good to me as they are.”
Not everything is quite the same. If you look hard enough you’ll see a little difference here and there. There’s a new parasail with the Pine Knot Landing colors of red, white and blue. There are a couple of new personal watercraft. And, of course, the absence of the speed boat.
Aside from maintenance issues with the fast boat ride, there were other things to consider, McCarthy says. The speed limit on Big Bear Lake is 35 mph, so the speed boat didn’t go speeds it was built for. “We have people who can swim faster than we could go,” McCarthy says with a laugh.
McCarthy says the plan is to rotate personal watercraft stock and replace a couple of them each year.
“Maintenance is a big part of it,” McCarthy says about the rotation plan. “We’re fortunate to have repair facilities on the grounds. We did all of Wally’s mechanical work anyway.”
McCarthy, who has a background that includes working with Jacques Cousteau, took over at Pine Knot Landing after retiring to Big Bear. “It was supposed to be for about one-and-a-half years,” McCarthy says. “That was eight years ago. But I have a beautiful office and can’t think of a better place to live.”
Under McCarthy’s guidance, Pine Knot Landing has continued to be one of the most successful marinas on the lake. McCarthy says part of the reason is the location. At the lake end of the Village area of Big Bear Lake, Pine Knot Landing is easy for visitors to find.
Pine Knot Parasail joins the rest of the offerings available at Pine Knot Landing including the Miss Liberty Paddlewheel Tours, boat rentals, marina services, boat slip rentals, boat sales, fishing, watersports, sailing and the Dock Club. The Dock Club opened in 1999 as a private ownership marina. Dock owners obtain deeded ownership to their slip.
For more information on Pine Knot Landing and Pine Knot Parasail, call 909-866-7766 or visit Pine Knot Landing is at 439 Pine Knot Ave., Big Bear Lake, across from the Big Bear Lake Post Office.