How to Catch and Cook Catfish at Big Bear Lake

This is the best time of year to catch a variety of fish at Big Bear Lake. Rainbow trout, largemouth bass, panfish and more can be caught right now. During the warm summer months, anglers are especially looking for fresh catfish. To celebrate National Catfish Month, here are a few tips to catch and cook catfish at Big Bear Lake.

Big bear Lake catfish

To celebrate National Catfish Month, here are a few tips to catch and cook catfish at Big Bear Lake.

Best Bait to Find Catfish

The summer is the best time of year to catch catfish at Big Bear Lake. Use the following bait to reel in your catch:

  • Mackerel
  • Chicken livers
  • Shrimp
  • Stink baits

Where to Catch Catfish

Catfish can be found primarily on the east end of the lake near the Stanfield cutoff and the East Boat Public Launch Ramp, both during the day and evening hours.

Read our blog on the seven best places to fish in Big Bear Lake to get a map of these locations.

Big Bear catfish

The summer is the best time of year to catch catfish at Big Bear Lake.

Catfish Cooking Ingredients

Catfish is known as a tasty fish that has a mild sweet flavor. Catfish can be deep friend, pan fried, baked or grilled. One of the most popular methods of cooking catfish is pan frying the fillets. You will need the following ingredients to make pan fried catfish:

  • Four 6-ounce catfish fillets
  • ¼ cup of all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup of yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tsp. of salt
  • 1 tsp. of creole seasoning
  • ½ tsp. of paprika
  • ¼ tsp. of black pepper
  • ¾ cup of milk
  • 6 tbsp. of divided unsalted butter
  • Lemon wedges

Here is a simple pan fried catfish recipe courtesy of The Food Network

Big Bear Lake Catfish

Catfish has a mild sweet flavor and can be deep friend, pan fried, baked or grilled.

Grab Some Catfish Side Dishes

Once you’ve caught some fresh catfish from Big Bear Lake, you’ll want a fresh salad and some side dishes or vegetables to go along with your catfish fillets. Some catfish side suggestions include:

  • Corn on the cob
  • Coleslaw
  • Potato salad
  • Collard greens or spinach
  • Cornbread

Visit the Big Bear Farmer’s Market, which runs through September at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. You can find fresh lettuce and other vegetables, as well as fruit and even fresh flowers for your table.

Book Your Big Bear Lake Visit

It’s time to make a reservation so you can stay awhile to enjoy the beauty of Big Bear Lake. Make a reservation for a comfortable cabin or luxury hotel room at Big Bear Frontier. Contact us today to find out how Cali4nia pass holders are eligible for a 15 percent discount. Make your reservation today!

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Nestled among the giant pines, our comfortably shaded resort stretches from Big Bear Boulevard to the water’s edge of the lake. We have everything from jacuzzis to fireplaces with views of Big Bear Lake.
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