Whether you are a seasoned fisherman (or woman) or are just starting out, the Lake Arrowhead area is the perfect place to set out with a rod, enjoy nature and reel in a great catch. April is the perfect month to focus on bass, which is a pretty penny in upscale restaurants. So, why not plan a vacation on the hill, where you can catch your own?
The perfect place to catch trout, Kokanee salmon, bass, catfish, crappie, sunfish and carp, Lake Arrowhead is private, which means its use is restricted to homeowners in a tract of land roughly one mile around the perimeter of the lake, known as “Arrowhead Woods.” Qualified homeowners are required to belong to the “Arrowhead Lake Association” in order to access the lake. If you are interested in purchasing property in Arrowhead Woods, give us a call at (909) 337-2403. But even if you’re not in the market to buy Lake Arrowhead property, you will be able to fish as long as you’re with a property owner. But even if you don’t plan to purchase property in Lake Arrowhead, you can vacation in the area, where there are lots of other great fishing options:
After years of drought, Deep Creek and Bear Creek are up and running. Both streams feature the elusive native Brown Trout. And maps are available at the Discovery Center. If you decide to fish at either of these locations, you will need an Adventure Pass so you can park at the trail-heads nearest the stream.
Brown Trout can be fished using artificial lures (no bait) on barbless hooks. There is a limit of two catches per day of trout 8″ or larger. Anglers are encouraged to “catch and release” in these areas, to keep the waters well-stocked. The Department of Fish & Game studied Electro-Shocking in the stream and found the area to host browns in excess of 18 inches.
If you are an angler who would enjoy a great day of fishing without the often-associated hours-drive on either end, book a vacation place in Lake Arrowhead and spend a day or two at either of these streams!
Held annually, a free Youth Fishing Derby in Lake Gregory-adjacent Lake Arrowhead for kids aged 16 and under. What’s more, four times during the year, a big-tagged fish Fishing Derby is held, with a $2,000 top prize! Additional prizes are also awarded. The entry fee is just $10. And, historically, most of the tagged fish are caught during derbies. Snacks and supplies and a bait shop are located inside the park. And, although camping is not allowed at the 150-acre park, you could book a comfortable vacation spot in Lake Arrowhead and head over for the derby.
Anglers 16 and older must hold a valid fishing license, which can be purchased at local sporting goods, hardware stores and marinas. Reduced-fee licenses are available for the elderly and armed forces veterans, and free licenses are available for the visually, physically, and/or developmentally impaired, as well as for certain classes of American Indians. Generally, the catch limit is five 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 required and only one rod is permissible at a time. For more detailed information on hunting and fishing in California, visit the California Department of Fish and Game website, (phone (916) 227-2245, or check out the US Forest Service for more information.
Whether or not you decide to fish, vacationing in Lake Arrowhead is fun and affordable. Whether you’re looking to spend a single night of luxury with 20 of your closest friends with a gourmet kitchen or would prefer to stay in a modest cabin for several days, weeks or months, at Arrowhead Property Rental in Lake Arrowhead, California, we offer lodging to fit all tastes and budgets – for individuals, couples, families and groups — all at great prices, with unbelievable amenities. Check out the possibilities. Don’t delay. Book today.