“Keeping a tight line” in beautiful

Big Bear Lake, CA


The 2014 Jim Hall Memorial May Trout Classic will be held on

May 17 and 18, 2014


You still have time to enter this great tournament. We will be taking entries until we fill. So, get your applications in as soon as possible, before it’s too late! Don't miss this 32nd year! It will be spectacular with a payout for the large fish of $8,000.spread out through 9 places, (based on 500 entrants), first place would receive $2,500. The first 9 places are “in the money”. Pautzke, Big Bear Sporting Goods, Holloways, Rapala and Okuma are some of our sponsors, and have provided lots of great prizes. Entry fee is only $65.00 per angler over 16 yrs and it includes entry in the large fish event and a tournament hat to wear, to help you catch the winning fish!  What a deal!


The 2013 May Trout Classic was one of the closest contests in recent memory.  The top nine places were only separated by a mere 6 ounces.  First place with a 5.60 pound rainbow trout went to William Wise of San Diego and paid out $2500.  First place in the Pee Wee's went to Dustin Hendrickson, age 10, of Big Bear with a 4.17 pound rainbow trout.  First place in the Jr. Division went to Cody Hemsley , age 14, of Fontana with a 2.15 pound rainbow trout.


We won’t be doing the tagged fish portion of the contest this year, instead we’re using that money to plant more trophy sized fish!

It's coming up fast, do your part and send your application back early, and tell a friend. We have 500 spots, let's fill them all. We are looking forward to another May Trout Classic filled with good fishing and lotsa family fun!




  To help maintain Big Bear Lake as a premium trout fishery by planting trophy sized fish each year prior to the May Trout Classic. The May Trout Classic will remain a family oriented event with two divisions for the kids between the ages of  five (5) and fifteen (15).  The kids of participants vie for 1st through 3rd places and have a chance at winning rods and reels and trophies. Last year we were able to give a fishing pole to every child under eleven thanks to our generous sponsors and your entry monies. You make it all happen!



How It Works


We take the entry money and use approximately thirty percent towards buying trophy sized fish to plant in the lake. We use about twenty-five percent for the cash prizes (these are loose figures based on the number of entrants). The rest goes to prizes for all our hard working participants and minimal costs (like insurance, the awards building…) The entire tournament is run by volunteers.  Without these volunteers and the many wonderful participants, there would be no May Trout Classic.




P.O. Box 6404

Big Bear Lake, CA 92315


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