Big Bear Trout Classic Coming May 19-20

By: FishRap Staff

BIG BEAR LAKE — Organizers of the 30th annual Big Bear May Trout Classic are pulling out all the stops for anglers to win big money. The top nine largest trout caught at the May Trout Classic share or split $8,000 in prize money (based on 500 entrants), and new this year is an opportunity to catch a tagged trout worth $10,000.

Dubbed the Jim Hall Memorial, the May Trout Classic is the longest running fishing tournament at Big Bear Lake — and it has become a family tradition, with multiple generations participating in the annual event.

“The May Trout Classic is known as ‘the granddaddy of them all,’ because we stock the lake with enormous trophy-size trout,” said Jason Hall, May Trout Classic tournament director. “This year, one lucky angler could catch a trophy-size beauty with a tag on its dorsal fin worth $10,000.”

The two-day event is open to anglers of all ages and skill levels. It is scheduled to run from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. May 19, and 6 a.m.-2 p.m. May 20. Anglers can fish from shore, boat, canoe, kayak or float tube. The entry fee is $65 for adults and free for juniors (16 and younger) with a paid adult.

To qualify for the $10,000 prize, the tagged trout must be caught on Pautzke Fire Bait. If the tagged trout is caught on any other bait or lure, the prize is then worth $5,000.

In addition to the tagged trout and $8,000 in cash prizes for the top nine largest trout, there will be trophies and drawings for thousands of dollars worth of fishing gear, bait and tackle from national manufacturers, organizers said.

To have an entry form mailed or to register for the event call (909) 585-4007 or email

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