BIG BEAR MARINA–The Place on the Lake and your destination for pontoon and fishing boat rentals, jet skis and waverunners, wakeboard, water ski and tubing rides and much more. Rent a kayak or try out Stand Up Paddleboards, the latest lake rage. Fishing with master guide Curt Dills and home to Big Bear Queen daily and suunset lake tours. On-water store with bait, beer, fishing supplies and more plus fuel services, launch ramp and slip rentals.
500 Paine Court •Big Bear Lake •(909) 866-3218 •www.bigbearmarina.com
Pontoon, Pedal, Paddle at Big Bear Marina
One of the newest fleets of pontoon rental boats on Big Bear Lake continues to get better.
Big Bear Marina has four new 21 ft. Sweetwater pontoon boats—complete with built-in coolers—in its fleet which were a big hit last year, spaciously seating up to eight passengers and with larger motors for the lake’s 7,000 ft. elevation. Big Bear Marina added a fifth new boat to its luxury pontoon fleet.
The rest of Big Bear Marina’s pontoon fleet already had new furniture and bimini tops after recent upgrades so the facility’s pontoons are raring to go for those seeking to party on the lake.
“The new pontoons are the same price as our other large pontoons so they’re a great value,” said Big Bear Marina’s Steve Fengler. “They’re comfortable with lots of room to spread out.”
Pontoon boats are the comfortable way to explore with spread out seating and shade. Load up the family, coolers, picnic lunch, canoes or kayaks, even the family dog and head our for fun on the water, whether you’re trolling for trout with fishing lines in the water or anchored in a quiet cove where the kids can swim.
Big Bear Marina remains “The place on the lake” for fishing under the ownership of longtime Big Bear residents Fengler and his wife Shelly. Home of the lake’s three big trout tournaments, the marina boasts the only official tournament scale.
Which was put to use a couple years ago when Big Bear resident Scott Everhard weighed in a new largemouth bass lake record with a 6.35 lb. catch. It bested the five-year-old previous mark of 5.9 lbs. by another local, Pam Kalina, by almost a half-pound. Again showing that the lake’s bass bite is one of its better secrets.
Big Bear Marina is again a Berkley pro shop for 2016 with a full line of pure fishing products available. That includes Berkley Powerbait and Gulp, Shakespeare, Penn, Abu Garcia, Trilene, Stren, Pflueger, Fenwick and Mitchell plus a complete supply of rods, reels, bait and line.
“We offer specials on lures throughout the year,” Fengler said. “They change weekly depending on what the fish are biting on. The store is well-stocked now.”
What trout are taking is the domain for the marina’s master fishing guide Curt Dills. He takes groups out on fishing charters and three years ago led clients to an incredible 4,717 trout, 50% more than his previous best the year before of 3,000. Last year the bite slowed down but 2016 has gotten off to a great start with clients landing lots of limits.
Big Bear Marina rents waverunners and just added six new Yamaha waverunner four stroke machines. The three-seat rides have plenty of power for high elevation. Last year Big Bear Marina acquired a four seat Sea Doo.
Big Bear Marina also has new kayaks—a triple and tandem—to its offerings. Standup Paddleboards, the latest rage to hit the lake, are also available. Stand up on the surfboard-like board and paddle away for a great way to enjoy the lake and get exercise at the same time.
Those who prefer to sit rather than stand can try out two-person pedal boats. Legs are the power source for guests who cruise inside the 5 mph line where the water is calmer, while seeing the south shoreline. And at $40/hour pedal boats are an inexpensive way to play on the lake.
The marina is home to Big Bear Queen lake tours skippered by the lake’s most experienced and knowledgeable captain, Chris Bellows. The colorful boat with the flags and paddlewheel offers the lake’s most colorful narration as Bellows relays Big Bear’s colorful history, much of which has family has seen first hand.
His father Dave skippered the Queen for many years and now Chris continues the family tradition. The 2. p.m. outing is the lake’s only guaranteed tour, sailing every day even with only one person on board.