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Bear Lake Fishing Report Monday, November 5, 2012:

Surface water temperature is 48F. Lake trout are starting to wind down from the spawning run but anglers are still catching a few fish from shore in the mornings. Cutthroat trout fishing has been fair and should get better as the water continues to cool. Shore anglers are casting large spinners such as #5 or #6 Blue Fox or Mepps. as well as spoons in the morning and evening off the Utah State Park marina for lake trout and they are still picking up a few fish, but the spawning season is winding down. These lake trout will begin to feed prior to winter and fishing should improve in the next few weeks. Boat anglers are having the best luck trolling off the rockpile area and off any of the rocky shorelines or points on the east and west sides of the lake. Good lures to try are rapalas with rattles, crankbaits with rattles, and flatfish in 10-20 feet of water. Troll parallel to shore starting shallow and working deeper until you find active fish. Anglers who prefer to jig can catch cutthroat trout and lake trout on tube jigs tipped with cisco or sucker meat.

Garden City Community Fishery Pond

Fishing remains good to excellent for catchable-sized rainbows and the angler pressure has been much lighter than the summer months. Several of these fish are tagged with a small metal tag on the dosal fin. This was for the Garden City Outdoor Heritage Days festival which was held back in September, however, no more prizes are available. Fly fishermen have been doing good using muddler minnows, wooly buggers or leach patterns. Also try using flies behind a bubble or try worms and powerbait fished either under a bobber about 2 feet down or fished right on the bottom.

Laketown Reservoir

A late stocking of catchable-sized (10") triploid rainbow trout was made in October after water levels returned to normal after the irrigation season. Fishing has been fast for the newly stocked fish, but there are still some hold-over fish from previous years. These fish are 16-19" long and up to almost 3 pounds. Try wet flys such as wooly buggers and leaches. Bank fishermen are having the best luck on worms fished on the bottom.

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Bear Lake Fishing Report Tuesday, October 23, 2012:

Surface water temperature is in the low 50's. Lake trout and cutthroat trout fishing has been fair and will only get better as the water continues to cool. A few shore anglers are beginning to cast lures in the morning and evening off the Utah State Park marina. Gill netting the past week has shown lake trout moving into water as shallow as 15 feet. Shore anglers should try large spinners such as #5 or #6 Blue Fox or Mepps. Spoons also work well too. Boat anglers should see fish stacking up off the rockpile area and off any of the rocky shorelines or points on the east side of the lake. Good lures to try are rapalas with rattles, crankbaits with rattles, and flatfish. Try trolling parallel to shore starting shallow and working deeper until you find active fish. Anglers who prefer to jig can catch cutthroat trout and lake trout on tube jigs tipped with cisco or sucker meat. The lake trout run should continue until about mid November.

Garden City Community Fishery Pond

Fishing has been excellent for catchable-sized rainbows and the angler pressure has been much lighter than the summer months. Several of these fish are tagged with a small metal tag on the dosal fin. This was for the Garden City Outdoor Heritage Days festival which was held back in September, however, no more prizes are available. Fly fishermen have been doing good using muddler minnows, wooly buggers or leach patterns. Also try using flies behind a bubble or try worms and powerbait fished either under a bobber about 2 feet down or fished right on the bottom.

Laketown Reservoir

Water levels have returned to normal after the irrigation season. No fish were stocked in Laketown reservoir this year, but there are still some hold-over fish from previous years. These fish are 16-19" long and up to almost 3 pounds. Try wet flys such as wooly buggers and leaches. Bank fishermen are having the best luck on worms fished on the bottom.


Bear Lake Fishing Report, Thursday, September 06, 2012:

Surface water temperature is 70 degrees. Lake trout and cutthroat trout fishing has been good and will only get better as the water starts to cool. The mornings at Bear Lake have been very brisk indeed this week. The hot spots are off the Gus Rich Point area on the flats in about 70-85' of water. Best luck has come from trolling minnow lure with rattles, crankbaits with rattles, and flatfish close to the bottom. We’ve also had some good reports from anglers fishing along the east side at 1st and 2nd Points and off the Cisco Beach area. Jigging or trolling in depths of 60-90 feet have produced the best results. Tube jigs tipped with cisco or sucker meat has been working for the jiggers and trollers are using minnow-type lures with rattles or flatfish trolled from downriggers near the bottom.

Garden City Community Fishery Pond

The pond has been stocked with the last load catchable-sized rainbows for the year. Several of these fish are tagged with a small metal tag on the dosal fin. This is for the Garden City Outdoor Heritage Days festival on September 7th and 8th. Fishing should be excellent. Try using flies behind a bubble or try worms and powerbait fished either under a bobber about 2 feet down or fished right on the bottom. Use hopper or bee patterns in dry flies and wooly buggers and bead-head nymphs with wet flies. For more information on the tagged fish contest please contact the Town Garden City for more information 435-946-2901.

Laketown Reservoir

Water levels are average and fishing has been fair for hold-over rainbows from last year. These fish are 16-19" long and up to almost 3 pounds. It will not be stocked again this summer. Try wet flys such as wooly buggers or worms fished on the bottom or powerbait and worms.


Bear Lake Fishing Report, Monday August 27, 2012:

Surface water temperature is 71 degrees. Lake trout fishing has started to turn on again off the Gus Rich Point area on the flats in about 70-85' of water. Best luck has come from trolling minnow lure with rattles, crankbaits with rattles, and flatfish close to the bottom. As the water begins to cool off the lake trout fishing should get even better. Fishing for cutthroat trout has remained good. Best luck has come for anglers who have been jigging or trolling in depths of 60-90 feet along the east side of the lake near the pump house/1st Point/2nd Point area. The jiggers are using tube jigs tipped with cisco or sucker meat. Trollers are using minnow-type lures with rattles or flatfish trolled from downriggers near the bottom.

Garden City Community Fishery Pond

The fishing has been good for rainbow trout. Try using flies behind a bubble in the mornings and evenings or try worms and powerbait fished either under a bobber about 2 feed down or fished right on the bottom. Use hopper or bee patterns in dry flies and wooly buggers and bead-head nymphs with wet flies. There will be a one day tagged fish contest at the Garden City Community Pond sponsored by the Town Garden City on Saturday, September 8th. Contact Garden City for more information 435-946-2901.

Laketown Reservoir

Water levels are average and fishing has been fair for hold-over rainbows from last year. These fish are 16-19" long and up to almost 3 pounds. It will not be stocked again this summer. Try wet flys such as wooly buggers or worms fished on the bottom or powerbait and worms.


Bear Lake Fishing Report, Tuesday August 7, 2012:

Surface water temperature is 73 degrees. Fishing for cutthroat trout has surprisingly been good for cutthroat trout this past week. Best luck has come for anglers who have been trolling in depths of 60-90 feet along the east side of the lake near the pump house northward to the scout camp. Use minnow-type lures with rattles or flatfish trolled from downriggers within 10 feet of the bottom. A few anglers have also been jigging with tube jigs tipped with whole cisco in the same locations.

Lake trout fishing has been slow but anglers are still picking up a few fish while trolling off the east side of the lake at the Rainbow Cove and Cisco Beach 80-100 feet of water using flatfish.

Garden City Community Fishery Pond

The fishing has been good for rainbow trout. Try using flies behind a bubble in the mornings and evenings or try worms and powerbait fished on the bottom. Fly fishing has also been good using flies. Try hopper or ant patterns in dry flies and wooly buggers and bead-head nymphs with wet flies. There will be a one day tagged fish contest at the Garden City Community Pond sponsored by the Town Garden City on Saturday, September 8th. Contact Garden City for more information 435-946-2901.

Laketown Reservoir

Water levels are low but still fishable. Fishing has been fair to good for for hold-over rainbows from last year. These fish are 16-19" long and up to almost 3 pounds. It will not be stocked again this summer. Try wet flys such as wooly buggers or worms fished on the bottom.


Bear Lake Fishing Report, Wednesday July 11, 2012

Fishing on Bear Lake remained good for cutthroat trout for anglers who have been trolling in depths of 30-60 feet along the west side of the lake. The cutthroat trout spawning season is over and the fish are feeding now that they are back in the lake. The surface water temperature is about 66 degrees. Good spots have been off the four rockpiles just north of the marina and off the Swan Creek area up into Idaho. Use minnow-type lures in 4-7" lengths that have rattles or flatfish in the U-20-M2 sizes trolled from downriggers. You can also try jigging, use whole cisco or jigs tipped with cisco. In the mornings the fish can be found shallower, but when the sun comes up, the fish will go deeper (down to 60' or more).

Lake trout fishing has been slow but anglers are still picking up a few fish while trolling off the east side of the lake at the Rainbow Cove and South Eden areas in 60-80 feet of water using flatfish.

Garden City Community Fishery Pond

The fishing is excellent for rainbow trout using worms about 3 feet under a bobber, flies and a bubble, powerbait and marshmallows. Fly fishing has also been excellent using wooly buggers and nymphs. Best luck is in the mornings and evenings when the sun is lower.

Laketown Reservoir

Water levels are low and fishing has been slow for hold-over rainbows from last year. These fish are 16-19" long and up to almost 3 pounds. It will not be stocked again this summer. You can drive up to the reservoir, but you may need four wheel drive if the road is wet and muddy. Use flys such as wooly buggers and bead-headed nymphs. Also, worms on the bottom have been working well.


Bear Lake Fishing Report Thursday, June 21, 2012

Fishing on Bear Lake has been very good for cutthroat trout for anglers who have been trolling with minnow-type lures with rattles in depths of 15-30 feet along the west side of the lake. The cutthroat trout spawning season has pretty much wrapped up and the fish that returned to the lake will feed heavily until the water warms up. Right now the surface water temperature is about 59 degrees. Good spots have been off the marina and Swan Creek up into Idaho. Use minnow-type lures in 4-7” lengths or flatfish in the U-20-M2 sizes trolled from downriggers. You can also try jigging, use whole cisco or jigs tipped with cisco. In the mornings the fish are in shallower, but when the sun is high the fish will go deeper (down to 50-80’). Lake trout fishing has been fair for trollers off the east side of the lake at Cisco Beach/Rainbow Cove area in 60-70 feet of water using flatfish.

Garden City Community Fishery Pond Fishing Report

The fishing has been excellent for rainbow trout using worms about 3 feet under a bobber, flies and a bubble, powerbait and marshmallows. Fly fishing has also been excellent using wooly buggers and nymphs.

Laketown Reservoir Fishing Report

Fishing has been good for hold-over rainbows from last year. These fish are 16-19” long and up to almost 3 pounds. The water level has stabilized and is somewhat lower than last year but it still has plenty of water for fishing. This water will be stocked with rainbows. You can drive up to the reservoir, but you may need four wheel drive if the road is wet and muddy. Use flys such as wooly buggers and bead-headed nymphs. Also, worms on the bottom have been working well.


Bear Lake Fishing Report, Monday, June 04, 2012:

Fishing on Bear Lake has been excellent for cutthroat trout and fair for lake trout. The best method has been trolling with minnow-type lures with rattles in depths of 20-60 feet along the west side of the lake. Good spots have been off the marina and Swan Creek up into Idaho. Use minnow-type lures in 4-7" lengths or flatfish in the U-20-M2 sizes trolled from downriggers. Now that many cutthroat are spawned out and returning to the lake, they are feeding heavily until the water warms up. You can also try jigging, use whole cisco or jigs tipped with cisco. A few anglers are also catching cutthroat trout casting off the Utah State Park marina dikes in the early mornings.

Garden City Community Fishery Pond

The pond is now open and stocked with triploid rainbow trout. The fishing has been excellent using worms about 3 feet under a bobber, flies and a bubble, and powerbait. The reservoir is not yet landscaped, so there may be people working on the pond during the weekdays. Please allow them to get the pond completed. The grand opening of the pond will take place in a few weeks.

Laketown Reservoir

Only about half full of water due to high irrigation demand, however, fishing has been good for hold-over rainbows from last year. These fish are 16-19" long and up to almost 3 pounds. The UDWR is not planning to stock this reservoir this year due to the low water conditions. You can drive up to the reservoir, but you may need four wheel drive if the road is wet and muddy. Use flys such as wooly buggers and bead-headed nymphs. Also worm and powerbait have been working.


Bear Lake Fishing Report Thursday, May 10, 2012

Fishing on Bear Lake has been fair for cutthroat trout and lake trout. Try trolling or jigging for cutthroat and lake trout in water depths of 20-60 feet. Use large minnow-type lures in 4-7" lengths or flatfish in the U-20-M2 sizes trolled from downriggers. When jigging, use whole cisco or jigs tipped with cisco. Once cutthroat run up the tributary streams to spawn and return to the lake, they begin to feed heavily and the fishing should pick up as the spawning season progresses. Some anglers are also catching cutthroat trout casting off the Utah State Park marina dikes in the early mornings.

Laketown Reservoir

Fishing has been good for rainbows. You can drive up to the reservoir, but you may need four wheel drive if its raining. Use small spinners or flys such as wooly buggers and bead-headed nymphs. Also worm and powerbait have been working.


Bear Lake Fishing Report Thursday, March 15, 2012:

After a tought week with ice forming all over the lake and making fishing/access difficult, the warm weather and wind has opened up entire lake. Launching is excellent for boats is available at the Utah State Park marina, Rainbow Cove, 1st Point and Spinnaker Point marina. There is no snow on the ground. Fishing continues to be good for cutthroat trout and fair for whitefish. The Bear Lake whitefish spawn is winding down, but some whitefish are biting on the rockpile in about 45-50' of water using small jigs or jigging spoons tipped with a meal worm or salmon egg.

Cutthroat trout are being caught by jigging and trolling on the rockpile area in 50-70' of water and off the Cisco Beach area. A few cutthroat are also being taken from shore off the Bear Lake state park marina casting spoons or crank baits in the mornings. If you are trolling, try rapalas and flatfish or even dodgers with lures. Anglers who are jigging are using either maribou or tube jigs tipped with cisco fished right on the bottom.

Laketown Reservoir

Still ice covered with about 6-8 inches of ice. You can drive up to the reservoir, but need four wheel drive due to mud. Fishing has been very good for rainbows. Use jigging spoons or ice flys. Tipping them with a worm or maggot is working the best.

Woodruff Creek Reservoir

Still ice covered with about 8-10 inches of ice and the edges are solid. The reservoir is about ¾ full of water at this time. You can drive right up to the dam on reservoir, but need four wheel drive since the road is muddy and snow covered in spots. Try small jigs tipped with worms or maggots for cutthroat trout. Use either small tear drops tipped with maggots for mountain whitefish. Target points that stick out into the main body of water.

Birch Creek Reservoir

Still ice covered with over a foot of ice and the edges but edges are just stating to weakin. The reservoir is about 3/4 full of water at this time. You can drive right up to the base of the dam without much trouble, however the road muddy. Anglers reports fair success for tiger trout using jigging rapalas. Use can also use small tear drops tipped with maggots for rainbows. It helps to use a depth sounder since the rainbow are typically suspended between the ice and the bottom.


Bear Lake Fishing Report Thursday, March 8, 2012:

Bear Lake has open water on the entire lake. Launching for boats is available at the Utah State Park marina, Rainbow Cove, and Spinnaker Point marina. Ice is stacked up along the shoreline at 1st Point which is preventing launching from that ramp at this time. There is no snow on the ground. Fishing continues to be good for cutthroat trout and whitefish. Whitefish are biting on the rockpile in about 45-50' of water using small jigs or jigging spoons tipped with a meal worm or salmon egg. Cutthroat trout are being caught by jigging and trolling on the rockpile area in 50-70' of water and off the Cisco Beach area. Try trolling rapalas and flatfish or even dodgers with lures. Anglers who are jigging are using either maribou or tube jigs tipped with cisco fished right on the bottom.

Laketown Reservoir

Still ice covered with about 8-10 inches of ice. You can drive up to the reservoir, but need four wheel drive. Fishing has been very good for rainbows. Use jigging spoons or ice flys. Tipping them with a worm or maggot is working the best.

Woodruff Creek Reservoir

Still ice covered with about 8-10 inches of ice and the edges are solid. The reservoir is about ¾ full of water at this time. You can drive right up to the dam on reservoir, but need four wheel drive since the road is muddy and snow covered in spots. Very light fishing pressure, but you can use small jigs tipped with worms or maggots for cutthroat trout. Use either small tear drops tipped with maggots for mountain whitefish. Target points that stick out into the main body of water.

Birch Creek Reservoir

Still ice covered with over a foot of ice and the edges are solid. The reservoir is about ¾ full of water at this time. You can drive right up to the base of the dam without much trouble, however the road is muddy. Anglers reports fair success for tiger trout using jigging rapalas. Use can also use small tear drops tipped with maggots for rainbows. It helps to use a depth sounder since the rainbow are typically suspended between the ice and the bottom.


Bear Lake Fishing Report Thursday, March 01, 2012:

Bear Lake has open water on the entire lake. Launching for boats is available at the Utah State Park marina, Rainbow Cove, and Spinnaker Point marina. Ice is stacked up along the shoreline at 1st Point which is preventing launching from that ramp at this time. There is about 5" of new snow on the ground but the ramps are usable. There is just a little floating ice in some area, but is not a problem at this time.

Fishing has been good for cutthroat trout and whitefish. Whitefish are biting on the rockpile in about 45-50' of water using small jigs or jigging spoons tipped with a meal worm or salmon egg. Cutthroat trout are being caught by jigging and trolling on the rockpile area in 50-60' of water and off the Cisco Beach area. Anglers who are trolling are using rapalas and flatfish. Anglers who are jigging are using either maribou or tube jigs tipped with cisco fished right on the bottom.

Laketown Reservoir

Still ice covered with about 8-10 inches of ice. You can drive up to the reservoir, but need four wheel drive. Fishing has been very good for rainbows. Use jigging spoons or ice flys. Tipping them with a worm or maggot is working the best.


Bear Lake Fishing Report Monday, February 13, 2012:

Bear Lake is still has quite a bit of floating ice and it has mainly been concentrated in the area north of Garden City. The fishing is red hot!! There is a lot of ice off the Utah State Park Marina and launching is not recommended there, but boats can be launched at First Point, Rainbow Cove and the private marina as Spinnaker Point. However, depending on which way the wind blows the ice, it could stack up along the boats ramps and make launching difficult or even impossible.

Cutthroat trout and lake trout fishing has been phenomenal the past week. This past weekend anglers reported excellent fishing for cutthroat and lakers by either trolling or jigging. If trolling, good depths to target have been about 70-90 feet using large minnow type lure or flatfish. When jigging try castmasters or other vertical jigging spoons or use lead head jigs tipped with cisco. Good spots to try are off Gus Rich Point, the rockpile, and Cisco Beach.


Bear Lake Fishing Report Wednesday, January 25, 2012:

Bear Lake is 100% ice free at this time. Cisco finally running in good numbers off Cisco Beach. The cisco are running fair off the Utah State Park Marina, but the numbers have tapered off at the marina. The cisco run will peak this week but they should be around through the coming weekend. Weather will be the biggest factor. If it is windy the fish will move off shore. The early mornings have been the best time off the marina, but cisco have been in along Cisco Beach during the day too. It helps to have waders or hip boots in order to get out in the water a little farther than standing on shore. Anglers continue to catch limits of cisco off the rockpile in about an hour in 45-50 feet of water.

They are also picking up a few whitefish and cutthroat trout while jigging for cisco. Other good spots to try for trout are the areas off at 2nd Point and the pump house. Good depths to target have been about 75-85 feet, but you may want to try shallower as the cutthroat will follow cisco into the weedy area in 25-35’ of water. If you are trolling, try minnow type lures which are working the best. If you are jigging, try castmasters or other vertical jigging spoons for cisco and whitefish. Use lead head jigs tipped with cisco for the trout. Boat launching is available at the Utah State Park marina, 1st Point, and the Rainbow Cove ramp. All boat ramps have courtesy docks in place at this time, but they can become iced over and slippery so extra caution is needed. The cisco run and conditions update will be made at least every other day and will continue until the run is over. You may call the Bear Lake office answering machine for the latest report and lake conditions after 5pm. 435-946-8501.


Bear Lake Fishing Report January 12, 2012:

For the most part Bear Lake is ice free. There is a few area with some floating sheet of ice. Boat launching is available at the Utah State Park marina, 1st Point, and the Rainbow Cove ramp. All boat ramps have courtesy docks in place at this time, but they can become iced over and slippery so extra caution is needed. The ramp at Cisco Beach is not usable since the concrete portion of the ramp is well underwater and with the soft sand and loose rock, you can easily get stuck while trying to launch a boat. Anglers are catching doing well for cutthroat trout by trolling and jigging. Best luck has come off the Gus Rich Point/rockpile and along the east side at 2nd Point and the pump house.

Good depths to target have been about 75-85 feet for both trolling and jigging. Minnow type lures, flatfish, and spoons are all working for the angler who are trolling and jigs tipped with cisco have been best for those jigging. As of today we have not seen any cisco being snagged off the rockpile, but they could show up at any time. Jigging for cisco should be good this year in about 40-50 feet of water right on top of the rockpile. The cisco run updates will begin on January 16th and continue until the run is over. You may call the Bear Lake office answering machine for the latest report and lake conditions after 5pm. 435-946-8501. Remember, if you launch, boat or fish on the Idaho half of the lake you MUST have an Idaho mussel certification sticker on your boat or you will be ticketed.


Bear Lake Fishing Report January 3, 2012

Surface water temperature is 38 degrees and there is no ice on Bear Lake. Anglers are catching both lake trout and cutthroat trout by trolling and jigging off Gus Rich Point/rockpile and to the south of the point all the way to the rest area. 2nd Point and the pump house are also producing some nice fish. Good depths to target have been about 60-80 feet for trolling and 40-70 feet for jigging. Minnow type lures are working the best when trolling and large tube jigs tipped with cisco have been good for those jigging. Anglers should start seeing cisco off the rockpile area about the 10th of January or so. Jigging for cisco should be good this year in about 40-50 feet of water and it will likely be open water due to the warm weather forecast. Boat launching is available at the Utah State Park marina, 1st Point, and the Rainbow Cove ramp. All boat ramps have courtesy docks in place at this time, but they can become iced over and slippery so extra caution is needed. The ramp at Cisco Beach is not usable since the concrete portion of the ramp is well underwater and with the soft sand and loose rock, you can easily get stuck.

The cisco run updates will begin on January 13th and continue until the run is over. Remember, if you launch, boat or fish on the Idaho half of the lake you MUST have an Idaho mussel certification sticker on your boat or you will be ticketed.


Bear Lake Fishing Report December 15, 2011:

Surface water temperature is 38 degrees. The Bonneville whitefish are still in the spawning run and will begin to wind down over the next week. It has been an interesting spawning season. Some anglers are doing extremely well when they locate the fish and other anglers are struggling to catch fish when fishing right next to anglers who are catching them. The best luck has come for those anglers using 1/8 ounce jigs along rocky shoreline areas in 10-15' of water. Try marabou, tube, pony (roadrunner) or twister tail jigs. Favorite colors are have been green and white, but all colors will work. You can also catch whitefish using small spinners (#0 or #1) and jigging spoons such as castmasters in 1" lengths. It is important to make sure that your lure is close to the bottom in order to catch the whitefish. It really helps if you tip your lure with a small piece of worm. A few lake trout and several cutthroat trout are also being caught while jigging for whitefish.

Anglers who are tolling and jigging for trout are catching both lake trout and cutthroat trout off Gus Rich Point/rockpile and to the south of the point all the way to the rest area. 2nd Point and the Cisco Beach area are also producing some nice fish. Good depths to target have been about 80 feet for trolling and 40-50 feet for jigging. Minnow type lures are working the best when trolling and large tube jigs tipped with cisco have been good for those jigging. Boat launching is available at the Utah State Park marina, 1st Point, and the Rainbow Cove ramp. All boat ramps have courtesy docks in place at this time, but they can become iced over and slippery so extra caution is needed. The ramp at Cisco Beach is not usable since the concrete portion of the ramp is well underwater and with the soft sand and loose rock, you can easily get stuck. Remember, if you launch, boat or fish on the Idaho half of the lake you MUST have an Idaho mussel certification sticker on your boat or you will be ticketed.


Bear Lake Fishing Report November 7, 2011:

Surface water temperature is 53 degrees. Fishing has been good for lake trout and cutthroat trout. Lake trout are still spawning and can be found in shallow water. Pressure from shore has been very low, but those who are braving the cold weather are catching fish casting from shore at Cisco Beach and off the Utah State Park marina. Mornings and early evenings have been the best times. Anglers in boats are having the best luck either jigging and trolling in water (45-60’ deep) using downriggers off Gus Rich Point. Trolling along South Eden, Cisco Beach, and North Eden is also producing some fish in water from 5-20 feet deep. The best trolling lures have been flatfish and rattling crank baits. The anglers jigging are using 4-5" tube or twister tail jigs tipped with cisco. Boat launching is available at the Utah State Park marina, 1st Point, and the Rainbow Cove ramp. You can also launch boats on the east side at the Idaho State Park east beach as well as Idaho State Park on the north end of the lake. All boat ramps have courtesy docks in place at this time. The ramp at Cisco Beach is not usable since the concrete portion of the ramp is well underwater and with the soft sand and loose rock, you can easily get stuck. Remember, if you launch, boat or fish on the Idaho half of the lake you MUST have an Idaho mussel certification sticker on your boat or you will be ticketed.


Bear Lake Fishing Report September 29, 2011:

Surface water temperature is 63 degrees. The water level has only dropped about 8" since the summer and right now it is over 10 feet higher than last fall at this time. Fishing has been good to excellent for lake trout and really nice cutthroat trout. Lake trout are beginning to stage prior to their spawning run and are feeding heavily at this time. The best luck has been for anglers jigging and trolling in water (50-65’ deep) using downriggers off Gus Rich Point and along the east side at Cisco Beach and Rainbow Cove. The best trolling lures have been flatfish and rapalas for the anglers who are trolling. The anglers jigging are also catching some really nice fish using tube jigs tipped with cisco in the same depths and locations as above.

Boat launching is available at the Utah State Park marina, 1st Point, and the newly paved ramp at Rainbow Cove which is now open. You can also launch boats on the east side at the Idaho State Park east beach as well as Idaho State Park on the north end of the lake. All boat ramps have courtesy docks in place at this time. The ramp at Cisco Beach is not usable since the concrete portion of the ramp is well underwater and with the soft sand and loose rock, you can easily get stuck. Remember, if you launch, boat or fish on the Idaho half of the lake you MUST have an Idaho mussel certification sticker on your boat or you will be ticketed.


Bear Lake Fishing Report September 19, 2011:

Surface water temperature is 68 degrees. The water level has only dropped about 6" and is currently at about 5921’ which is over 10 feet higher than last fall at this time. Fishing has really picked up for lake trout and some really nice cutthroat trout. Lake trout are beginning to stage prior to their spawning run and are feeding heavily at this time. The best luck has been for anglers jigging and trolling in water (65-85’ deep) using downriggers off Gus Rich Point and along the east side at Cisco Beach and Rainbow Cove.

The best trolling lures have been flatfish and rapalas and anglers who are jigging are using tube jigs tipped with cisco. Boat launching is available at the Utah State Park marina and 1st Point. The boat ramp at Rainbow Cove will be closed to ALL access from September 19 - October 1, due to paving! Please use the 1st Point ramp for east side launching. You can also launch boats on the east side at the Idaho State Park east beach as well as Idaho State Park on the north end of the lake. All boat ramps have courtesy docks in place at this time. The ramp at Cisco Beach is not usable since the concrete portion of the ramp is well underwater and with the soft sand and loose rock, you can easily get stuck.

Remember, if you launch, boat or fish on the Idaho half of the lake you MUST have an Idaho mussel certification sticker on your boat or you will be ticketed.


Bear Lake Fishing Report: August 30-September 5, 2011

Surface water temperature is still a balmy 73 degrees. The water level has only dropped about 6" and is currently at about 5921’ which is over 10 feet higher than last year at this time. Fishing has been good for cutthroat trout. The best luck is still coming from anglers who are trolling in water (80-100’ deep) using downriggers off Gus Rich Point and along the east side at Cisco Beach and Rainbow Cove. The best lures have been flatfish and rapalas. Shoreline vegetation is prevalent around many parts of the shoreline. Boat launching is available at the Utah State Park marina, and the east side boat ramps at First Point and Rainbow Cove and Idaho State Park east beach as well as Idaho State Park on the north end of the lake. All boat ramps have courtesy docks in place at this time.

The ramp at Cisco Beach is not usable since the concrete portion of the ramp is well underwater and with the soft sand and loose rock, you can easily get stuck. Remember, if you boat or fish on the Idaho half of the lake you MUST have an Idaho mussel certification sticker on your boat or you will be ticketed.


Bear Lake Fishing Report for Aug. 2, 2011:

Surface water temperature as of this morning is 72 degrees. The water level is currently at 5921.45 and has peaked for the year on August 1, 2011. Bear Lake rose an unprecedented 11.6 feet compared the level last fall and over 9.25 square miles of shoreline were inundated by the higher water. Shoreline vegetation that has been growing on dry ground the last few years is now submerged in the water and is dying which makes for lots of floating dead weeds. Right now you can launch at the Utah State Park marina, and the east side boat ramps at First Point and Rainbow Cove and Idaho State Park east beach as well as Idaho State Park on the north end of the lake.

It is not recommended that you launch at Cisco Beach since the concrete portion of the ramp in well underwater and there is a lot of soft sand and loose rocks which can make getting stuck a problem. All boat ramps have courtesy docks in place at this time. Fishing continues to be fair-good for cutthroat trout and few lake trout. Best success is coming from anglers who are trolling in water (80-100’ deep) off Gus Rich Point south toward the rest area and along the east side from 2nd Point northward. The best lures have been flatfish and rapalas. Best luck has come from those anglers using downriggers or heavy bottom bouncers to get the lure down near the bottom. A strong thermocline has developed beginning about 30 feet deep.


Bear Lake Fishing Report for June 28, 2011:

Surface water temperature as of this morning (June 28th) is 64 degrees. The water level is currently at 5919.12 and continues to raise approximately ¾" per day. Hydrologist predictions look very accurate and we are expecting that Bear Lake will come close to filling this year. It is predicted that Bear Lake will rise 11.2 feet compared the level last fall and over 9.25 square miles of shoreline will be inundated by rising water. Most of the shoreline vegetation that has been growing on dry ground the last few years is now submerged in the water and is dying which makes for lots of floating dead weeds. Right now you can launch at the Utah State Park marina, and the east side boat ramps at First Point and Rainbow Cove.

It is not recommended that you launch at Cisco Beach since the concrete portion of the ramp in well underwater and there is a lot of soft sand and loose rocks which can make getting stuck a problem. Launching is also available the Idaho State Park on the north end of the lake for the first time in 10 years! All boat ramps have courtesy docks in place at this time. Fishing has been fair for cutthroat trout and few lake trout. Best success is coming from anglers who are trolling in shallow water (60-80’ deep) off Gus Rich Point south toward the rest area and along the east side from 2nd Point northward. The best lures have been flatfish and rapalas. Best luck has come from those anglers using downriggers or heavy bottom bouncers to get the lure down near the bottom. A thermocline has developed beginning about 25 feet deep. The area off the mouths of the tributary streams are closed to fishing until July 9th to protect spawning cutthroat trout, so check your fishing guide!


Bear Lake Fishing Report for Wednesday, June 15, 2011:

Water levels are currently at 5917.46 and continues to raise approximately ¾" per day. Hydrologist are predicting that Bear Lake will come close to filling this year. It is predicted that Bear Lake will rise 11.2 feet compared the level last fall and over 9.25 square miles of shoreline will be inundated by rising water. What does this mean for boaters? Lots of places to launch your boat and quite a bit of shoreline vegetation! Right now you can launch at the Utah State Park marina, and the east side boat ramps at First Point, Rainbow Cove and Cisco Beach. Launching is also available the Idaho State Park on the north end of the lake for the first time in 10 years! All boat ramps have courtesy docks in place at this time.

Fishing has been good for cutthroat trout and few lake trout. Best success is coming from anglers who are trolling in shallow water (5-20’ deep) parallel to shore from the Utah State Park marina northward to Fish Haven Creek. Also try the shoreline south of Gus Rich Point down to the rest area and along the east side from 2nd Point northward. The best lures by far have been spoons, but rapalas are also producing some fish. You can troll using flat lines, planer boards or downriggers. A few trophy lake trout in the 15-20 lb range were caught last week. Anglers who are jigging also caught some fish off the east side near Cisco Beach using tube jigs tipped with cisco. Surface water temperature is about 54 degrees and a thermocline has yet to develop. The area off the mouths of the tributary streams are closed to fishing until July 9th to protect spawning cutthroat trout, so check your fishing guide!


Bear Lake Fishing Report for Monday, May 23, 2011:

Water levels are currently at 5914.6 which is higher than in the last 10 years and runoff has not really started! Hydrologist are predicting that Bear Lake will come close to filling this year. It is predicted that Bear Lake will rise 11.2 feet and over 9.25 square miles of shoreline will be inundated by rising water. What does this mean for boaters? Lots of places to launch your boat! Right now you can launch at the Utah State Park marina, and the east side boat ramps at First Point, Rainbow Cove and Cisco Beach. All boat ramps have courtesy docks in place at this time. Launching is also available the Idaho State Park on the north end of the lake for the first time in 10 years!

Fishing continues to be good for cutthroat trout and few lake trout. Best success is coming from anglers who are trolling in shallow water (5-15’ deep) parallel to shore from the Utah State Park marina northward to Fish Haven Creek. Use rapalas and spoons either off flat lines, planer boards or downriggers. We have not talked to anyone jigging at this time, however, tube jigs tipped with cisco is a favorite lure & bait combination to try year-round. Surface water temperature is about 48 degrees. The area off the mouths of the tributary streams are closed to fishing until July 9th to protect spawning cutthroat trout, so check your fishing guide!


Bear Lake Fishing Report for Tuesday, May 03, 2011:

Water levels are currently at 5913.5 which is higher than in the last 10 years and runoff has not really started! Expect another 4+ feet of water this year. Boat launching is available at the Utah State Park marina, and the east side boat ramps at First Point, Rainbow Cove and Cisco Beach. All boat ramps have courtesy docks in place at this time. Fish has been good for cutthroat trout and few lake trout. Best success is coming from anglers who are trolling in 30 feet of water or less, parallel to shore from the Utah State Park marina northward to Fish Haven Creek. Use rapalas and spoons either off flat lines, planer boards or downriggers. Lead core line will also work well in these depths. There have been no reports in the last week of any anglers who have been jigging. However, tube jigs and jigging spoons tipped with cisco and jigged right on the bottom in about 60-70’ of water should work for cutthroat trout and lake trout. The area off the mouths of the Utah tributary streams are closed to fishing until July 9th to protect spawning cutthroat trout.


Bear Lake Fishing Report for Monday, April 04, 2011:

Bear Lake is now entirely ice free. Boat launching is available at the Utah State Park marina, and the east side boat ramps at First Point, Rainbow Cove and Cisco Beach. Boat ramps are totally clear of ice and snow at this time and courtesy docks have been installed at all locations. Water levels are rising and Bear Lake should be at the highest level in over 11 years! Boat anglers are using tube jigs and jigging spoons tipped with cisco and jigged right on the bottom in about 60-70’ of water for cutthroat trout and lake trout. Fishing has been fair off Gus Rich Point and along the west side of the lake from the marina northward to Fish Haven Creek. The area off the mouths of the Utah tributary streams will remain open to fishing until April 15th after which they will be closed to protect spawning cutthroat trout. Boat anglers who are trolling are doing the best and have reported good catches of cutthroat and lake trout using spoons and small (#7) Rapalas.

There are is very little snow anywhere along the east or west sides of the lake at this time. Paved roads are also clear of snow or ice.


Bear Lake Fishing Report: Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The majority of Bear Lake is now ice free. The only remaining ice is near the very south end of the lake and it is no longer advisable to ice fish at this time. Boat launching is available at the Utah State Park marina, and the east side boat ramps at First Point, Rainbow Cove and Cisco Beach. Boat ramps are totally clear of ice and snow at this time and courtesy docks have been installed at all locations except First Point. Boat anglers are using tube jigs and jigging spoons tipped with cisco and jigged right on the bottom in about 60-70’ of water for cutthroat trout and lake trout. Fishing has been fair off Gus Rich Point and along Cisco Beach. Boat anglers who are trolling are doing much better and report good catches of cutthroat and lake trout using spoons and small (#7) Rapalas off Gus Rich Point, 2nd Point and Cisco Beach. There has been very little pressure along the west side of the lake near Swan Creek. The mouths of the tributary streams will remain open to fishing until April 15th after which they will be closed to fishing.

There are a few inches of snow along the east side of the lake at this time and about 12" or more snow along the west side of the lake on the shore. Paved roads are totally clear.


Bear Lake Fishing Report: Monday, March 7, 2011

Fishable ice still remains on the southern 1/4 of the lake and is 6-8" thick. There is also some fishable ice off the Cisco Beach area. The remainder of the lake is open water, but there are quite a few sheets of ice floating around on the lake. Boats can be launched at the Utah State Park Marina. Ramps at Rainbow Cove, Cisco Beach and First Point are frozen and you cannot launch boats in those locations. We urge anglers to be cautious when venturing out onto the ice. The ice fishing has slowed somewhat, but some anglers are still doing good. The best spots continue to be off SR-30 at first pull-off north of the rest area on the west side of the lake in 60 feet of water. Also, anglers are also catching some fish off the pump house and 1st Point on the east side of the lake. Anglers fishing from boats have caught cutthroat and lake trout off the rockpile area and off the Utah State Park marina. Both boat and ice anglers are using tube jigs and jigging spoons tipped with cisco and jigged right on the bottom. As the spawning time for Bear Lake whitefish concludes, fishing shoule pick up for cutthroat trout and larger whitefish over the rockpile area and along the weedbeds south of Gus Rich Point in 20-30 feet of water, but these area are seeing very little fishing pressure. If you are targeting whitefish, use small Swedish Pimples or Castmasters and tip them with a meal worm or salmon egg.

There is 4-6" no snow along the east side of the lake at this time and about 12"-20" of snow along the west side of the lake. Angler access points for shore launching boats have been plowed out along 150 South Street and 250 East Loop Street in Garden City.


Bear Lake Fishing Report: Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ice along the southern 1/3 of the lake has remained and is 5-7" thick. The remainder of the lake from approximately Gus Rich Point to the north is open water, but there are quite a few sheets of ice floating around on the lake. Boats can be launched at the Utah State Park Marina. Ramps at Rainbow Cove, Cisco Beach and First Point are frozen and you cannot launch boats in those locations. Be cautious if you plan on venturing out onto any ice where there are no other anglers. The ice fishing at this time has been very good. The best spots have been off the first pull-off north of the rest area on the west side of the lake in 60 feet of water. Also, anglers are doing well off the pump house and 1st Point on the east side of the lake. Anglers fishing from boats are reporting excellent catches of cutthroat and lake trout off the rockpile area. Both boat and ice anglers are using tube jigs and jigging spoons tipped with cisco and jigged right on the bottom. The fishing should remain good for the next few weeks while the Bear Lake whitefish are spawning. Fishing for larger whitefish should be good over the rockpile area and along the weedbeds south of Gus Rich Point in 20-30 feet of water, but these area are seeing very little fishing pressure. If you are targeting whitefish, use small Swedish Pimples or Castmasters and tip them with a meal worm or salmon egg.

There is 1-3" no snow along the east side of the lake at this time and about 12"-15" of snow along the west side of the lake. Angler access points for shore launching boats have been plowed out along 150 South Street and 250 East Loop Street in Garden City.


Bear Lake Fishing Report: Thursday, February 10, 2011

Bitter cold returned to the Bear Lake Valley this week and the lake has now frozen over for the third time this year. Boats cannot be launched anywhere on the lake at this time due capped ice. Ice along the southern 1/3 of the lake remained throughout the freeze/thaw/freeze cycle and now is 4-5" thick. The remainder of the lake from approximately Gus Rich Point to the north has only been frozen a couple of days and there has not been any anglers attempting to fish there as of today. Be extremely cautious if you plan on venturing out onto any ice where there are no other anglers. The ice fishing at this time has been very good. The best spots have been off the pump house and 1st and 2nd Point on the east side and off the first pull-off north of the rest area on the west side of the lake. The best depths have been in the 50-60' range. Cutthroat trout and a few lake trout have been biting on tube jigs and silver jigging spoons (kastmasters and Swedish pimples) tipped with cisco or sucker meat. The fishing should continue to improve over the next few week as the cisco have dispersed and the trout are feeding again.

There is 1-3" no snow along the east side of the lake at this time and about 8-12" of snow along the west side of the lake. Angler ice fishing access points have been plowed out along 150 South Street and 250 East Loop Street in Garden City for ice fishing access, and we recommend a 4 wheel drive vehicle. Other areas to the south and on the east side can easily be reached by walking down to the lake shore. Make sure you vehicle pulled off the road where you park.


Bear Lake Fishing & Conditions Report: Monday 2/7/2011

Wow! is all I can say about the weather at Bear Lake this year. Last week was bitter-cold weather and the lake capped with ice for the first time in two years. However, on Friday night last week we had a major wind storm and it warmed up to the 30's and Bear Lake is now only about 50% ice covered. Boats cannot be launched anywhere on the lake at this time due to floating ice and capped ice. There were a few die-hard ice anglers fishing today off the east side at the pump house and 1st Point, but the ice is looking pretty scary at this time. The area along the shoreline at Cisco Beach is frozen, but not safe for fishing. Be extremely careful if venturing out on the ice since there are many weak spots from springs and methane gas vents on Bear Lake. The weather has been windy today and that can break ice and move it around in a hurry.

Ice fishing last weekend was good for cutthroat trout and a few lake trout. The best depths were from about 45-65 feet. Fishing should continue improve over the next few week as the cisco disperse and the trout begin to feed again.

There is no snow along the east side of the lake at this time and about 8" of snow along the west side of the lake.


Bear Lake Fishing & Conditions Report: Thursday 2/3/2011

With the bitter-cold weather, Bear Lake is now about 80% ice covered and boats cannot be launched anywhere on the lake at this time. The only open water on Bear Lake is along the east side from South Eden to North Eden. The area along the shoreline at Cisco Beach is also frozen. We have not seen any ice anglers on the lake, but it is likely they will be fishing on the ice by Friday. Be extremely careful if venturing out on the ice since there are many weak spots from springs and methane gas vents on Bear Lake. If the weather stays calm, the lake will likely freeze completely in the next few days.

Prior to ice up, anglers reported slow fishing for cutthroat trout and lake trout since the cisco run just ended. However, fishing should improve quickly over the next week as the cisco disperse and the trout begin to feed again.

There is no snow along the east side of the lake at this time and about 8" of snow along the west side of the lake. Access points for ice fishing have been plowed out at 150 South Street (Garden City) and 250 East Loop Street (just north of Ideal Beach/Sweetwater)


Bear Lake Fishing Report, January 27, 2011

There is no ice on Bear Lake. The Utah State Park Marina is now open thanks to the DWR "ice breaker" boat. Boat launching is possible at the Marina, First Point ramp and Cisco Beach ramps. The courtesy docks in the water at both First Point and Cisco Beach. There is little snow at any of the launching ramps at this time.

The cisco run is still going at Cisco Beach but the duration of the run is shortening each day. Anglers easily dipped limits of fish this morning. Today the fish were in at first light and stayed around only till about 8:30am. We expect the run to taper off during the next few days and end by Sunday or Monday. As long as the lake is calm, anglers should be able to dip net cisco. The fish are not running in the late afternoon/evening. We have not seen any cisco off the Utah State Park marina this year.

Anglers fishing from boats are still snagging limits of cisco off the "rockpile" area. Cutthroat and whitefish are being caught in water that 60-80 feet deep. Use 3/4 -1 ounce tube jigs tipped with cisco to target lake trout and cutthroat trout. Good spots to try have been off the east side near 1st and 2nd Points jigging and South Eden jigging and trolling. The trollers are using downriggers with small flatfish and rapala-style lures with rattles in them. You can fish from shore at the Utah State Park marina and anglers are picking up a few rainbow and cutthroat trout. Try powerbait or mealworms under a bobber or spoons and spinners casted from shore.

Remember, the limit on cisco is 30 fish (daily and possession) so count your fish carefully. Also, remember that a person may not possess a multipoint hook with a weight permanently or rigidly attached directly to the shank (commonly called a snag hook) or a weight suspended below a multipoint hook unless the hook is on an unweighted dropper line that is at least three inches long.


Bear Lake Fishing Report, January 25, 2011

Bear Lake is ice-free at this time. The Utah State Park Marina remains frozen over and you cannot launch boats at the marina. Boat launching is possible at the First Point ramp and Cisco Beach ramps. The courtesy docks have been removed at First Point and Cisco Beach due to icing problems. There are a few inches of snow along the east side at this time.

The cisco run started last week Thursday along Cisco Beach and as long as the lake has been calm, anglers have been able to dip limits of fish in the mornings. The fish are not running in any good numbers in the late afternoon/evening. The run is likely peaking and it should continue through the end of this week and perhaps through the weekend. We have not seen any cisco off the Utah State Park marina this year. Anglers fishing from boats have been able to snag limits of cisco off the "rockpile" area in just over an hour. They are also catching some nice sized cutthroat and whitefish while fishing for cisco. Other anglers boat anglers will catch a limit of cisco over the rockpile and then move farther off shore into water that is 60-80 feet deep and use tube jigs tipped with cisco to target lake trout and cutthroat trout. Remember, the limit on cisco is 30 fish (daily and possession) so count your fish carefully. Also, remember that a person may not possess a multipoint hook with a weight permanently or rigidly attached directly to the shank (commonly called a snag hook) or a weight suspended below a multipoint hook unless the hook is on an unweighted dropper line that is at least three inches long.

Anglers (both boat and shore) have been doing excellent for cutthroat trout and a few lake trout off the east side near 2nd Point jigging and South Eden jigging and trolling. Try depths of 40-70 feet. Use 3/4 -1 ounce jigs tipped with cisco, sucker or carp meat when jigging. The trollers are using downriggers with small flatfish and rapala-style lures with rattles in them. You can fish from shore at the Utah State Park marina and anglers are picking up a few rainbow and cutthroat trout. Try powerbait or mealworms under a bobber or spoons and spinners casted from shore. There is currently about 8" of snow along the west side of the lake.


Bear Lake Fishing Report for Jan. 20, 2011

There is no longer any ice on Bear Lake. The Utah State Park Marina has frozen over and you cannot launch boats at the marina. Boat launching is possible at the First Point ramp and Cisco Beach ramps. The courtesy docks have been removed at First Point and Cisco Beach due to icing problems. There are a few inches of snow along the east side at this time.

The cisco have finally showed up along the shoreline at Cisco Beach. Today was the first day we have sighted any cisco, so the run should begin to improve over the next few days. The cisco fishermen who were at the beach at first light did not dip net any fish since the cisco came in along the shore around 8:30am. We did not see any cisco off the Utah State Park marina as of today. Anglers fishing from boats have been able to snag limits of cisco off the "rockpile" area in just over an hour. They are also catching some nice sized cutthroat and whitefish while fishing for cisco. Other anglers boat anglers will catch a limit of cisco over the rockpile and then move farther off shore into water that is 60-80 feet deep and use tube jigs tipped with cisco to target lake trout and cutthroat trout. Remember, the limit on cisco is 30 fish (daily and possession) so count your fish carefully. Also, remember that a person may not possess a multipoint hook with a weight permanently or rigidly attached directly to the shank (commonly called a snag hook) or a weight suspended below a multipoint hook unless the hook is on an unweighted dropper line that is at least three inches long.

Anglers (both boat and shore) have been doing excellent for cutthroat trout and a few lake trout off the east side near 2nd Point jigging and South Eden jigging and trolling. Try depths of 40-70 feet. Use 3/4 -1 ounce jigs tipped with cisco, sucker or carp meat when jigging. The trollers are using downriggers with small flatfish and rapala-style lures with rattles in them. You can fish from shore at the Utah State Park marina and anglers are picking up a few rainbow and cutthroat trout. Try powerbait or mealworms under a bobber or spoons and spinners casted from shore. There is currently about 8" of snow along the west side of the lake.


Bear Lake Fishing Report for Jan. 18, 2011

After a very warm weekend with high winds the last two days, there is no longer any ice on Bear Lake. In fact the Utah State Park Marina has thawed and boats can now be launched at the marina, First Point ramp and Cisco Beach ramp. There is no snow along the east side at this time. The courtesy docks have been removed at First Point and Cisco Beach due to icing problems on the docks.

Anglers (both boat and shore) have been doing excellent for cutthroat trout and a few lake trout. Best luck has been off 2nd Point jigging and off South Eden jigging and trolling. Try depths of 40-70 feet. Use 3/4 -1 ounce jigs tipped with cisco, sucker or carp meat when jigging. The trollers are using downriggers and doing well using small flatfish and rapala-style lures with rattles in them. You can fish from shore at the Utah State Park marina and anglers are picking up a few rainbow and cutthroat trout. Try powerbait or mealworms under a bobber or spoons and spinners casted from shore. There is currently about 6" of snow along the west side of the lake.

No cisco have showed up along the shorelines at Cisco Beach or the marina as of today, but anglers fishing from boats have been able to snag limits of cisco off the "rockpile" area the last two days. They are also catching some nice sized cutthroat, some over 6lbs, off the rockpile area using tube jigs tipped with cisco and vertical jigging spoons such as castmasters. Anglers also reported catching some Bonneville whitefish using small vertical jigging spoons and 1/4 ounce jig tipped with salmon eggs. Remember, the limit on cisco is 30 fish (daily and possession) so count your fish carefully. Also, remember that a person may not possess a multipoint hook with a weight permanently or rigidly attached directly to the shank (commonly called a snag hook) or a weight suspended below a multipoint hook unless the hook is on an unweighted dropper line that is at least three inches long.


Bear Lake Fishing Report, January 4, 2011

There is quite a bit of ice floating around in the lake off the Utah State Park Marina and the marina has frozen even with the de-icers running 24/7. Launching is still available along the east side at Cisco Beach and 1st Point. Both ramps have been plowed, but the docks have been removed due to icing problems.

Anglers (both boat and shore) have been doing excellent for cutthroat trout and a few lake trout. Best luck has been off 2nd Point jigging and off Cisco Beach jigging and trolling. Try depths of 30-50 feet. Use 3/4 -1 ounce jigs tipped with cisco, sucker or carp meat when jigging. The trollers are doing well using rapala style lures with rattles in them off downriggers in the 40-50 foot depths. You can fish from shore at the Utah State Park marina and anglers are picking up a few rainbow and cutthroat trout. Use powerbait or worms under a bobber in about 5-10' of water for the rainbow and cast spoons or rattling crankbaits for the cutthroat. There is currently about 15" of snow along the west side of the lake and about 10" along the east side.


Bear Lake Fishing Report, December 22, 2010

The surface water temperature on Bear Lake is 35 degrees and there is about 6" of snow on the ground. There is no ice on the lake at this time. Boats ramps have been plowed and boats can be launched at the Utah State Park marina, 1st point, Cisco Beach, and Rainbow Cove ramps.

Fishing has been good for cutthroat and the occasional lake trout. The best locations have been off the Gus Rich Point/Rockpile, Cisco Beach, and Second Point. Anglers are mainly catching fish using ¾-1oz. jigs tipped with cisco or sucker meat in anywhere from 40-65 feet of water.

The Bonneville whitefish run is winding down but anglers are still picking up a few fish along Cisco Beach and off the Utah State Park marina. Use a light or ultra light spinning rod with about 4-6 lb line and 1/16 to 1/8 oz. jigs. Road runner style jigs also work good. It may help to tip the jig with worm. Good colors are black, white, pink, and yellow. If you are in a boat, anchor in about 12-15 feet of water and cast towards shore. I let the jig hit bottom and then bounce it back towards the boat. You will get a few snags but with a boat you can move slightly and dislodge the lure most of the time. The majority of the time you have to be very alert to detect the bite. Whitefish like to hit on the drop so it is important to CONCENTRATE on your line. Try to keep it as tight as possible to detect the hit. The hit is a short "pop" and if you don't set the hook immediately, you can miss the fish. Don't reel in if you miss one, the fish will typically give you several chances to hook them once they start attacking your jig. You can do the same thing from shore, but it is wise to wear chest waders so you can walk out a bit from shore and cast into slightly deeper water. You can also cast small spoons like Little Cleos and retrieve them slowly so they run close to the bottom. If you are not on or near the bottom, you will not get bit. You can also vertical jig directly under the boat for them which makes it slightly easier to detect the bite. Trying to finese these fish when the wind is blowing is difficult, so try to hit a calm day.

Anglers (both boat and shore) are still catching rainbow trout along the state park marina and off the shoreline to the south of the marina. They are using powerbait and worms under a bobber in about 5-10' of water. Best luck has been in the early mornings and right around sunset.


Bear Lake Fishing Report, Tuesday, November 23, 2010:

The surface water temperature on Bear Lake is 37 degrees and there is about 6" of snow on the ground. Boats ramps have been plowed and boats can be launched at the Utah State Park marina, 1st point, Cisco Beach, and Rainbow Cove ramps.

Fishing pressure has been extremely light for the last week due to snow and wind. Fishing has remained good for both cutthroat and lake trout. The best locations have been off the Gus Rich Point/Rockpile area and off Cisco Beach. Anglers are catching fish by trolling and jigging. Use downriggers for trolling and flatfish and crankbaits with rattles in them as good lures to try. Target depths of 30-60 feet. Use tube jigs tipped with cisco for jigging in the same depths as for trolling.

The Bonneville whitefish run should begin around the Thanksgiving weekend and both boat and shore fishermen should be able to catch these fish. You want to use a light or ultra light spinning rod with about 4-6 lb line and 1/16 to 1/8 oz. jigs. Road runner style jigs work great! Sometimes it helps to tip the jig with worm, but it is NOT necessary and sometimes the bite is actually better without anything extra attached. Good colors are black, white, pink, and yellow. If you are in a boat, anchor in about 12-15 feet of water and cast towards shore. I let the jig hit bottom and then bounce it back towards the boat. You will get a few snags but with a boat you can move slightly and dislodge the lure most of the time. The majority of the time you have to be very alert to detect the bite. Whitefish like to hit on the drop so it is important to CONCENTRATE on your line. Try to keep it as tight as possible to detect the hit. The hit is a short "pop" and if you don't set the hook immediately, you can miss the fish. Don't reel in if you miss one, the fish will typically give you several chances to hook them once they start attacking your jig. You can do the same thing from shore, but it is wise to wear chest waders so you can walk out a bit from shore and cast into slightly deeper water. You can also cast small spoons like Little Cleos and retrieve them slowly so they run close to the bottom. If you are not on or near the bottom, you will not get bit. You can also vertical jig directly under the boat for them which makes it slightly easier to detect the bite. Trying to finese these fish when the wind is blowing is difficult, so try to hit a calm day.

The Bonneville whitefish provide for a phenominal early winter fishery. Most people have put their boats away for the winter so there is not a whole lot of competition and the fishing is typically very good. Cutthroat and lake trout will follow the Bonneville whitefish in close to shore to eat their eggs and the whitefish themselves, and it is not uncommon to catch cutthroat or lakers as a bonus.

The Bonneville whitefish are excellent to eat. They do not have as well developed intramuscular bone (Y-bone) as their cousins' the mountain whitefish. They also have a much larger mouth and are very picivorous when they are over 12" long. The meat is white and firm. You can fry, bake, broil, or grill them. Smoking is another very popular method used too. The typical size you catch in Nov/Dec is about 16-18", but they do get up to about 22" and 3 lbs.

Anglers (both boat and shore) are still catching rainbow trout along the state park marina and off the shoreline to the south of the marina. They are using powerbait and worms under a bobber. Best luck has been in the early mornings and right around sunset.


Bear Lake Fishing Report, Tuesday, September 28, 2010:

The surface water temperature on Bear Lake is 61 degrees. Fishing has really turned on for lake trout and for cutthroat trout in the last week. We have checked lake trout up to 18lbs and cutthroat over 6lbs. this past week. Trolling in water about 60-70 feet deep has been producing the best catches. Productive spots to try are off the Gus Rich Point area and along Cisco Beach. Both areas have been producing consistent catches. Most anglers are trolling with downriggers and large flatfish, but jigging with tube jigs tipped with cisco is also producing some nice fish.

Lake trout have very limited natural recruitment in Bear Lake and their population is mainly sustained by stocking. They have very slow growth rates and fish over 10 lbs can be well over 20 years old and fish over 15lbs can be over 30 years old. The UDWR and IDF&G stock lake trout annually, but their stocking rates are conservative in order to prevent uncontrolled predation on the endemic fish (whitefish, sculpin and cisco) and to reduce competition with the native cutthroat trout. Therefore, if you are fishing for lake trout, please practice selective harvest of the large fish. The best tasting fish are those under 5lbs. anyway since they are not as old and off-tasting (i.e. greasy) as the large fish. If you plan to mount a large fish, fiberglass mounts can be made from measurements and/or pictures taken from the fish and do not require you harvest the fish.

Anglers (both boat and shore) are still catching rainbow trout along the state park marina and off the shoreline to the south of the marina. They are using powerbait and worms and flys with a bubble. Best luck has been in the early mornings and right around sunset. Boats can be launched at the Utah State Park marina, 1st point, Cisco Beach, and Rainbow Cove ramps.


Bear Lake Fishing Report, Monday, September 7, 2010:

The surface water temperature on Bear Lake is 66 degrees. Fishing for cutthroat trout along the east side of Bear Lake was good this past week. Best luck has been for those anglers trolling from the scout camp north to the state line using downriggers or lead core line. Rapalas and spoons were producing the best results as well as using pop-gear or dodgers in front of the lure. Fish were found along the bottom and were also suspended from about 40-65'. A few lake trout and cutthroat trout were also being caught off the Gus Rich Point area, but fishing was slow. Anglers were trolling in 60-85' of water using flatfish and rapalas. Anglers (both boat and shore) are still catching rainbow trout along the state park marina and off the shoreline to the south of the marina. They are hitting powerbait and worms and some anglers are catching them trolling small spoons. Boats can be launched at the Utah State Park marina, 1st point, Cisco Beach, and Rainbow Cove ramps.


Bear Lake Fishing Report Friday, August 12, 2010:

The surface water temperature on Bear Lake is 68 degrees. Fishing on Bear Lake has picked up in the last week. We’ve received reports of good catches of cutthroat trout and a few lake trout coming off the Gus Rich Point/rockpile area from about 65' of water using rapalas off downriggers right above the bottom. Some cutts are running in the 5lb category and lakers in the 3-10lb range. Anglers (both boat and shore) are still catching rainbow trout along the state park marina and off the shoreline to the south of the marina. They are hitting powerbait and worms and some anglers are catching them trolling small spoons. Boats can be launched at the Utah State Park marina, 1st point, Cisco Beach, and Rainbow Cove ramps. Fishing for cutthroat along the east side has been fair off the Cisco Beach area and good off the scout camp.


Bear Lake Fishing Report May 20, 2010:

Fishing has remained consistent for cutthroat trout. The spawning run is underway but the fish in the lake are still hitting rapalas and spoons trolled off downrigger or on flat lines. Try downrigging in about 60-70' and even in 150-160' close to the bottom. Try trolling deep diver (10-12') lures parallel to shore from the marina north to Fish Haven Creek and along the east side from the scout camp to Idaho State Park.

For the first time in 24 years, you might feel a rainbow trout tugging on your fishing line at Bear Lake. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources will stock about 5,000 rainbows into the lake on May 25. About 5,000 additional rainbows will be stocked before the July 4 weekend. The rainbow trout—which will be about 10 inches long when stocked—are not your regular rainbows. They’re sterile rainbows that can’t reproduce.

Because a limited number of sterile rainbows are available this year, and because Bear Lake is a large lake, it would be difficult for anglers to catch them if the fish were stocked in several places. For that reason, all of the 10,000 fish will be stocked at one place—the Bear Lake State Park Marina near Garden City.

Scott Tolentino, UDWR aquatic project leader at Bear Lake, says the rainbows will feed mostly on terrestrial insects that blow onto the surface of the water. "They should be readily available for just about anyone who has a fishing rod," he says. "Both shoreline and boat anglers should find good success." Good methods to catch the rainbows with include using Powerbait, worms, flys or lures, such as small spinners and spoons.


Bear Lake Fishing Report Monday, March 15, 2010:

Anglers on Bear Lake are still being checked with good catches for cutthroat trout. Some fish this last week were over 10 lbs and the average fish was about 2-3 lbs. The best fishing has been by trolling with downriggers in 60-65' of water close to the bottom. Good spots have been along the east side from 2nd Point north to Cisco Beach and off the Gus Rich/rockpile area. Lures being trolled are spoons, flatfish and rapala-type lures. Boats can be launched at the Utah State Park marina, 1st point, Cisco Beach, and Rainbow Cove ramps. There have also been some reports of lake trout being caught off the very south end of the lake near Rendezvous Beach in about 60' of water using tube jigs tipped with cisco or carp meat jigged right on the bottom. The lake is entirely free of ice.


Bear Lake Fishing Report 1/27/2010:

You can now easily launch boats at the Utah State Park marina. The marina was partially frozen this morning, but we were able to lanch a boat and break out the remaining ice. The boat ramp is plowed and a big pile of sand was left at the bottom of the ramp for "just in case" situations. Fishing on the lake has been good. Try off the rockpile in about 40' of water for cisco and whitefish by vertically jigging with small spoons or 1-2" jigs. Tipping them with a salmon egg has been productive. Cutthroat and lake trout are being taken off the outer edge of the rockpile in about 50-70 foot depths on tube jigs and jigging spoons tipped with cisco. South of Gus Rich point there are weedbeds that run parallel to shore in about 20-35' of water and have been good and will continue to be good for whitefish. Use small jigging spoons and/or ice flys tipped with a salmon egg or wax worm. The lake is entirely open water. As for the cisco run, it has been difficult netting fish this year. Last week the wind blew everyday. Monday was the first calm day and the fish were disturbed enough by the wave wash that they moved off the beach out of reach of dipnets. A few anlgers are still managing to dip net some cisco off the marina dikes in the early mornings. No cisco have been sighted in either location in the evenings. The run has peaked and will continue for another 4-5 days.


Bear Lake Fishing Report 1/20/2010:

Well the conditions on Bear Lake are changing rapidly and therefore I am sending another update for Tuesday, January 19th, on the conditions and status of the cisco run.

The cisco run is officially "ON" at Bear Lake, but the changing conditions are making dipping fish challenging. Yesterday there was anywhere from 2-4" of ice, but wind and warm weather yesterday were able to melt ALL of the ice along Cisco Beach and it was totally open water this morning (Tuesday). The open water and waves have made the fish move off shore and dipping fish was difficult this morning and waders were a "must" in order to dip fish. The run is just beginning and should improve of the next few days. As for the rest of the lake it was almost all open water. Boats can be launched from the Cisco Beach boat ramp and along the shore just about anywhere on the lake. The State Park marina however, is still frozen.

Jigging limits of cisco off the "rockpile" has been the norm with limits possible in about an hour. Fishing has also been good off the weed beds south of Gus Rich Point in water about 25-35' deep from a boat. Best luck is for cutthroat, whitefish, and the occasional lake trout. Tubes and castmasters tipped with cisco have worked for the trout and small lures tipped with meal worms or salmon eggs are working for whitefish. We estimate the cisco run will peak next weekend. The Cisco Disco is on Saturday, January 23rd. The Garden City Chamber of Commerce and the BL State Park are sponsoring some events including a "Bear Lake Monster Plunge", snow sculpture building, a 5K "fun ski" or an actual race for those who are competitive. So if you come up to dip cisco in the morning, don't forget to pack a swim suit so you can jump into the water at the State Park Marina at noon. Donations are going to Primary Children's Hospital. The Bear Lake Chamber has all the details. www.bearlake.org

Remember the cisco daily and possession limit is 30 fish. Please be careful and count your fish carefully or you risk being ticketed for over limit. Also, it is only legal to dip net your own limit of cisco. It is NOT legal to dip net fish for another person.


Bear Lake Fishing Report 1/18/2010:

The cisco run is officially "ON" at Bear Lake. Some anglers were standing on the ice, others were chopping big holes and were standing in the water in their waders. The run is just beginning and the schools of fish have been small (2-5 fish or so), but I talked to several anglers this morning who dipped their limits. Those anglers working in tandem were doing better. On person was "jigging" a lure in the hole to attract the cisco and other other person dipnetted the fish.

There is still a lot of open water on Bear Lake and therefore, no one is ice fishing since the ice is very "iffy". Several boats were still being launched this morning just south of Gus Rich Point. They were attempting to fish over the rockpile. Not sure if anyone made it over there or not due to sheets of ice floating around. Fishing has been good off the weed beds south of Gus Rich Point in water about 25-35' deep from a boat. Best luck is for cutthroat, whitefish, and the occasional lake trout. Tubes and kastmasters tipped with cisco have worked for the trout and small lures tipped with meal worms or salmon eggs are working for whitefish. We estimate the cisco run will peak next weekend.

The Cisco Disco is on Saturday, January 23rd. The Garden City Chamber of Commerce and the BL State Park are sponsoring some events including a "Bear Lake Monster Plunge", snow sculpture building, a 5K "fun ski" or an actual race for those who are competitive. So if you come up to dip cisco in the morning, don't forget to pack a swim suit so you can jump into the water at the State Park Marina at noon. Donations are going to Primary Children's Hospital. The Bear Lake Chamber has all the details. www.bearlake.org

Remember the cisco daily and possession limit is 30 fish. Please be careful and count your fish carefully or you risk being ticketed for over limit. Also, it is only legal to dip net your own limit of cisco. It is NOT legal to dip net fish for another person.


Bear Lake Fishing Report 1/11/10:

Bear Lake still remains open water. However, there is quite a bit of ice floating around on the surface in large sheets. Deicers are running at the State Park marina but they have not been able to keep up and boat launching in not possible at the marina at this time. Boats are being launched from shore near the rockpile area and off the Cisco Beach boat ramp. Depending on wind direction, it can stack up ice and make launching difficult and dangerous. As for fishing on the lake, anglers are beginning to catch a few cisco from boats off the rockpile. Fishing has also been good for both cutthroat and lake trout in 40-60’ of water using tube jigs tipped with cisco off the rockpile area. No cisco have been sighted along the shorelines. Beginning next Monday we will begin making daily checks for Cisco and updating the answering machine report. PLEASE ONLY CALL AFTER 5:00pm. 435-946-8501


Bear Lake Fishing Report 12/10/09:

Severe cold in the Bear Lake valley for the last week has conditions changing quite rapidly. Deicers are running at the State Park marina and keeping it open, although some skim ice is forming along the ramp area. All boat ramps have been plowed and there is about 6" of snow on the ground. Although boat launching is available at the Utah State park marina, Cisco Beach, First Point, and Rainbow Cove ramps, there are only courtesy docks in the water at the marina and Cisco Beach. The Cisco Beach dock is covered in ice and will also likely be pulled soon.

The Bonneville whitefish run is nearing the peak and fish are concentrated along rocky shorelines in 5-15’ of water. The best way to fish is from a boat, where you can anchor over shallow rocky shorelines and then cast 1/16 – 1/8 ounce jigs. You can use twister tails, marabou, tubes or road runners. Sometimes it helps if you "tip" the jig with a small piece of night crawler, but it is definitely not necessary. Also, try small spoons tipped with worm, or #0 - #1 spinners fished close to the bottom. If you don’t have a boat you can still enjoy some excellent fishing from shore. If you have hip boots or better yet, chest waders, use them to wade out along the rocky shore and cast out. You need to keep the lure close to the bottom and if you don’t snag up once in a while, then you are likely retrieving the lure too fast.

The limit on whitefish is 10. Whitefish are good when filleted, breaded, and deep fried or you can fillet and bake the fish. Smoking the whitefish is the most popular method for preparing them. As for other fishing on the lake, anglers are catching cutthroat in 40-60’ of water using tube jigs tipped with cisco. Good spots have been off the east side at the pump house, Second Point, and Cisco Beach. A few anglers have also fished the rockpile and are beginning to pick up some nice whitefish and cutthroat trout as well as a few lake trout. There are some large sheets of floating ice on the lake, but most are concentrated on the northern half. However, this can change and at this time of year, you must pay attention to wind and ice flows to ensure you have a safe fishing trip.


Bear Lake Fishing Report 11/25/09:

Launching is available at the Utah State park marina, First Point, Rainbow Cove and Cisco Beach ramps. Water temperature is 40 F. The Bonneville whitefish are just beginning to show up over rocky shorelines in 5-15' of water and the spawning run is just starting. A few anglers have reported catching some whitefish along the east side of the lake, but the run is just beginning and the fishing should really get hot in the next couple of weeks. This coming weekend should be good too. Anchor over shallow rocky shorelines and then cast 1/16 – 1/8 ounce jigs. You can use twister tails, marabou, tubes or road runners. Sometimes it helps if you "tip" the jig with a small piece of night crawler, but its definitely not necessary. Also, try small spoons tipped with worm, or #0 - #1 spinners fished close to the bottom. The limit on whitefish is 10.

Whitefish are good when filleted, breaded, and deep fried or you can fillet and bake the fish. Smoking the whitefish is the most popular method for preparing them. As for other fishing on the lake, anglers are catching cuttrout in 50-80' of water using tube jigs tipped with cisco. Good spots have been off the east side at the pump house, Second Point, and Cisco Beach. Very few anglers have been fishing the rockpile at Ideal Beach, but the anglers who we have spoken to have done fair for both cutthroat and lake trout.


Bear Lake Fishing Report 10/20/09:

Launching is available at the Utah State park marina, First Point, Rainbow Cove and Cisco Beach ramps. Lake trout run is nearing the peak. Anglers are catching lakt trout from shore off Cisco Beahc and the Utah State Park marina by casting spoons and crankbaits. Fishing from boats for both cutthroat and lake trout has remained steady too. Anglers who are trolling are doing the best at this time. The best luck has come from anglers who are trolling parallel to Cisco Beach east side or off any other rocky shoreline areas. Try staying in water less than 20' deep for the lakers. Cutthroat are coming from 30-50' of water. Best lures for trolling have been flatfish and rattling minnow-type lures run close to the bottom. Trolling off the rockpile at Ideal Beach in 40-60' is also producing both cutthroat and lake trout. Jigging in these same areas/depths has also produced fish. The best bite continues to be the in the mornings, but late afternoon/early evenings has also been good. The anglers have been trolling at 1.5-2.0 mph. Fishing for spawning lake trout from shore is perfectly legal, but be aware that snagging lake trout is illegal and tickets will be issued to those who are snagging or attempting to snag fish.


Bear Lake Fishing Report 10/08/09

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Launching is available at the Utah State park marina, First Point, Rainbow Cove and Cisco Beach ramps. Lake trout are beginning to move in around the shorelines to spawn. This past week, a few anglers indicated that they were beginning to catch a few fish by casting spoons and crankbaits from the shore at the Utah State Park marina and off Cisco Beach. Fishing from boats for both cutthroat and lake trout has remained steady too. Anglers who are trolling are doing the best at this time. Try trolling parallel to Cisco Beach east side or off rockpile in 60-80' of water using flatfish and rattling minnow-type lures run close to the bottom. Jigging in these same areas/depths has also produced fish. The best bite continues to be the in the mornings, but late afternoon/early evenings has also been good. The anglers have been trolling at 1.5-2.0 mph. Fishing for spawning lake trout from shore is perfectly legal, but be aware that snagging lake trout is illegal and tickets will be issued to those who are snagging or attempting to snag fish.


Bear Lake Fishing Report 09/21/09

Launching is available at the Utah State park marina, First Point, Rainbow Cove and Cisco Beach ramps. The surface water temperature is currently 66 F. Fishing had improved for lake trout and is beginning to do the same for cutthroat. The best luck for has been for those anglers trolling on the east side along Cisco Beach and on the west side off the rockpile in 70-80 ft. of water using flatfish and rattling minnow-type lures trolled close to the bottom. Some anglers have also been jigging in these same areas/depths and they are also reporting catching some fish, but not as many as the anglers who are trolling. This past weekend saw both cutthroat and lake trout being caught in these areas. It seemed the best bite has been from just before daybreak until about 10am. The anglers have been trolling at 1.5-2.0 mph. As the water begins to cool off the fishing should continue to improve. The lake trout should begin spawning about mid-October and should move into shoreline areas that have rock. Casting spoons or jigs from shore at this time will provoke them into striking since they rarely feed during the spawning run. Be aware that snagging lake trout is illegal and tickets will be issued to those who are snagging or attempting to snag fish.


Bear Lake Fishing Report 7/30/09

Launching is available at the Utah State park marina, First Point and Cisco Beach ramps. This year's maximum lake elevation (5912.34') was reached on 7/12/2009 and pumping of water from the lake has begun. The surface water temperature is currently 67 degrees F. Fishing has remained fair for both cutthroat and lake trout. The best luck for has been for those anglers trolling on the east side from Cisco Beach to North Eden in about 40-65 ft, of water using deep-diving, rattling crank baits. There have been very few anglers long lining and jigging this summer, so don't overlook this method. It can be productive at this time of year! Try locating fish along the bottom with a fish finder and then targeting those fish with either whole cisco or ¾-1 ounce tube jigs tipped with cisco or sucker meat. Both cutthroat and lake trout can be caught this way and the usual spots (2nd Point, Cisco Beach, rockpile) can be very productive.

Fish early mornings to avoid the recreational crowd! You might also consider trolling at faster speeds near the surface in the early mornings or in the evenings when fish are feeding near the surface on insects, or you could try trolling lures using lead core line or downriggers to get the lure down to where the fish are holding.


Bear Lake Fishing Report 7/15/09

Launching is available at the Utah State park marina, First Point and Cisco Beach ramps. This year's maximum lake elevation (5912.34') was reached on 7/12/2009 and pumping of water from the lake for downstream irrigation has begun. The surface water temperature is currently 65oF. Fishing has remained fair to good for both cutthroat and lake trout. The best luck for has been for those anglers trolling on the east side from Cisco Beach to North Eden in about 40-65' of water using deep-diving, rattling crank baits. There have been very few anglers long lining and jigging this summer, but don't overlook this method. It can be productive at this time of year!

Try locating fish along the bottom with a fish finder and then targeting those fish with either whole cisco or ¾-1 ounc tube jigs tipped with cisco or sucker meat. Both cutthroat and lake trout can be caught this way and the usual spots (2nd Point, Cisco Beach, rockpile) can be very productive. Fish early mornings to avoid the recreational crowd! As the water continues to warm, try trolling at faster speeds near the surface in the early mornings or in the evenings when fish are feeding near the surface on insects, or you could try trolling lures using lead core line or downriggers to get the lure down to where the fish are holding.


Bear Lake Fishing Report 6/29/09

Launching is available at the Utah State park marina, First Point, Cisco Beach, and Rainbow Cove ramps. Courtesy docks are in place at all the locations. Fishing has started to slow down for cutthroat trout, but during the last week the lake trout bite has started to turn on. The best luck for lakers has been for those anglers trolling on the east side from Cisco Beach to North Eden in about 35 feet of water using deep-diving, rattling crank baits. Although there have not been a lot of anglers jigging, don't overlook this method. It can be productive at this time of year! Try locating fish along the bottom with a fish finder and then targeting those fish. Both cutthroat and lake trout can be caught this way and the usual spots (2nd Point, Cisco Beach, rockpile) can be very productive. Fish early mornings to avoid the recreational crowd! Some cutthroat trout are still being being caught along the west side of the lake from the marina north to Fish Haven Creek. Troll Rapala X-raps or other similar lures with rattles. Trolling in water 10-20 feet of water either using planer boards to move the lure away from the boat or long-lining the lure up to 200' behind the boat has worked the best. As the water continues to warm, try trolling at faster speeds near the surface in the early mornings or in the evenings when fish are feeding near the surface on insects.


Bear Lake Fishing Report 5/26/09

Launching is available at the Utah State park marina, First Point and Cisco Beach ramps. Fishing has remained very good for cutthroat trout. The average sized fish has been 3lbs with some fish going over 10lbs. The best luck is coming the anglers who are trolling from boat using Rapala X-raps or other similar lures with rattles. The best luck has come for anglers who are trolling between 10-20 feet of water either using planer boards to move the lure away from the boat or long-lining the lure up to 200' behind the boat. Hots spots have been along the west side from the Utah State Park marina north to Fish Haven, ID. Jigging has been slow, but a few fish are being caught using tube jigs tipped with cisco in about 60' of water. As the water continues to warm, try trolling at faster speeds near the surface.


Bear Lake Fishing Report 4/20/09:

Launching is available at the Utah State park marina, First Point and Cisco Beach ramps. Although the water is coming up, the Rainbow is still not useable by larger boats. Fishing pressure has picked up and the fishing, mainly for cutthroat trout, has been good. Some exceptionally large fish have been caught recently. The best luck is coming to the anglers who are trolling from boat. Minnow type lures, such as Rapalas with rattles, are producing the best results. The anglers who are trolling between 20 and 40 feet deep, close to the bottom are doing the best. Hots spots have been along the east side from 2nd Point north to the state line. Also try from the marina north to Fish Haven on the west side of the lake. Jigging has been slow, but a few fish are being caught using tube jigs tipped with cisco in about 60' of water. Recent stocking of cutthroat trout has triggered some good fishing for larger fish and this should hold out for at least the next couple of weeks.


Bear Lake Fishing Report 4/5/09:

Lake is ice free and launching is available at the Utah State park marina and Cisco Beach ramps. Although the water is coming up, the Rainbow Cove and 1st Point ramps are still not useable by larger boats. Fishing pressure has been extremely light due to the recent snow and wind, but those anglers who were able to access the lake today did fair to good for cutthroat trout.

Fishing for whitefish has slowed down but a few may still be taken over the weed beds south of Gus Rich Point and off the pumphouse on the east side. Anglers were catching cutthroat trout on tube jigs tipped with cisco in about 60-80' of water. Trolling should also be productive using rapalas. Recent stocking of cutthroat trout should trigger some good fishing for larger fish during the next couple of weeks.


Bear Lake Fishing Report 3/16/09:

The Bear Lake whitefish spawn is just about over but the fishing has still been good for cutthroat and whitefish. The larger, Bonneville whitefish are feeding on the Bear Lake whitefish eggs and are concentrated on the rockpile off the Ideal Beach area. The cutthroat trout and lake trout have also been concentrated in this same area feeding on whitefish and their eggs. Anglers were catching cutthroat trout on tube jigs tipped with cisco in about 60' of water and were catching whitefish using castmasters tipped with salmon eggs in 30-40' of water.

Several anglers who have been trolling have are catching some nice sized cutthroat trout (up to 6lbs). They are using jointed Rapalas off downriggers in 35-70 feet of water. Best spots have been off South Eden/Cisco Beach and off new rockpiles just north of the Utah State Park marina.


Bear Lake Fishing Report 2/23/09:

The Bear Lake whitefish are spawning and the fishing on Bear Lake has been good for cutthroat and whitefish. The larger Bonneville whitefish are feeding on Bear Lake whitefish eggs and are easy to catch. The cutthroat trout are in on the same areas feeding on whitefish and their eggs. This past weekend, anglers were catching cutthroat trout on tube jigs tipped with cisco in 35-65' of water and were catching whitefish using kastmasters tipped with salmon eggs in 20-40' of water.

The best spots have been off the rockpile at Ideal Beach, the new rockpiles north of the State Park marina, and off weedbeds at the pumphouse and south of Gus Rich Point. The daily limit is 10 fish. Cutthroat and lake trout follow the whitefish in to feed on eggs and the whitefish in to feed on eggs themselves, so you have the chance to catch all three species.


Bear Lake Fishing Report 2/2/09:

The cisco are still running at Cisco Beach. This has been a rather unique year in that the run is rather spotty. Some days the fish are "in" and others they are few in numbers. The run typically winds down by February 1st, in most years, but this year the run started late and, judging by the number of cisco still spawning, it will continue for at least a few more days.

The open water conditions this year have been tough too. If the wind is blowing the cisco will move away from the shore, whereas on calm days they are right along the water's edge.

Whitefish fishing has turned on while the cutthroat trout and lake trout fishing have tapered off during the peak of the cisco run. This past weekend some anglers were catching good numbers of whitefish off the rockpile, but those fishing the weed beds south of Gus Rich Point and off the pump house did very well. Some cutthroat trout were also taken, but most trout are stuffed with cisco right now and the fishing will not improve for another week or so. The lake is open water, but there is some ice in the state park marina which makes launching day-to-day. Somedays the ice melts and launching is possible, but other days you cannot launch a boat. The ramp at Cisco Beach is open and launching is available, but there is no courtesy dock in the water at this time.


Bear Lake Fishing Report 1/20/09:

Bear Lake is completely ice-free it is unlikely that the lake will freeze anytime soon. Boats can be launched the Utah State Park marina and Cisco Beach ramps where the ramps have been plowed and are clear. There is no dock in the water at Cisco Beach. Fishing has been excellent for cutthroat trout, whitefish and some cisco off the east side at the pump house and 2nd Point in about 24-40 feet of water over the weedbeds. Anglers fishing off the rockpile are jigging up limits of cisco. As of Tuesday morning the cisco run has not begun, but we did see a few single cisco along the Cisco Beach area which means the run should begin with the next day or two. The next report will be on Thursday, January 22nd. We will update the Bear Lake office answering machine with the latest information and we ask that you PLEASE, CALL AFTER 5:30PM SO THE PHONE LINES ARE NOT TIED UP DURING THE DAY. The phone number is: 435-946-8501.


Bear Lake Fishing Report 1/13/09:

Bear Lake is completely ice-free and the mild weather will likely not allow the lake to freeze anytime soon. Boats can be launched the Utah State Park marina and Cisco Beach ramps where the ramps have been plowed and are clear. There is no dock in the water at Cisco Beach due to it becoming ice covered by waves and unusable. There has been very little pressure on Bear Lake this past week due to continued high winds.

We will begin making daily checks on January 15th at Cisco Beach in anticipation of the start of the cisco run . We will then update the Bear Lake office answering machine each day with a full report. PLEASE, CALL AFTER 5:30PM SO THE BIOLOGIST DOES NOT HAVE TO ANSWER THE PHONE REPEATEDLY DURING THE DAY TIME. The phone number is: 435-946-8501. The fishing should be good for cutthroat trout and lake trout on the east side and just south of Gus Rich Point, jigging over weedbeds in 20-30 feet of water. Also, the pump house on the east side is typically very good fishing this time of year.


Bear Lake Fishing Report 1/5/09:

Bear Lake is completely ice-free. Boats can be launched the Utah State Park marina and Cisco Beach ramps, however, there is no dock in the water at Cisco Beach due to it becoming ice covered by waves and unusable. There has been very little pressure on Bear Lake this past week due to high winds. The fishing should be good for cutthroat trout and lake trout on the east side and just south of Gus Rich Point, jigging over weedbeds in 20-30 feet of water. Also, the pump house on the east side is typically very good fishing this time of year. We expect the cisco run to take place approximately Jan 20th. We will begin daily checks of the status of the cisco run beginning on January 15th.


Bear Lake Fishing Report 12/15/08:

The Bonneville whitefish spawn is still on, but it should be winding down by Christmas. This past weekend, limit catches were still possible off rocky shorelines on the east side of Bear Lake. The average size of the whitefish has been up this year and fish have averaged between 1.5-2lbs! Light equipment: 4-6 lb test line, on a light rod with 1/8 ounce or smaller jigs tipped with either worms or wax worms fished along the bottom in depths less than 10 feet has been the key to catching these fish. Other good lures are small spinners (#0 and #1) or small silver spoons fished close to the bottom in these same areas. The whitefish are good either fried, smoked, baked or boiled. The daily limit and possession limit is 10 fish.

Cutthroat and lake trout follow the whitefish in to feed on eggs and the whitefish themselves, so you have the chance to catch all three species. The cutthroat trout fishing has been good at 2nd Point by using tube jigs tipped with cisco in 60-70 feet. Trollers are also catching cutthroat at the Cisco Beach area using both flat lines and downriggers with rattling crankbaits.


Bear Lake Fishing Report 12/2/08:

The Bonneville whitefish spawn has begun and the fishing is red hot. The whitefish have moved into rocky shorelines and can be caught using a variety of tackle. You should use light equipment: 4-6 lb test line, on a light rod with 1/8 ounce or smaller jigs tipped with either worms or wax worms fished along the bottom in depths less than 10 feet. Other good lures are small spinners (#0 and #1) or small silver spoons fished close to the bottom in these same areas. Whitefish fishing should be hot during the first couple of weeks of December. The whitefish are good either fried, smoked, baked or boiled. The daily limit and poscession limit is 10 fish. Cutthroat and lake trout follow the whitefish in to feed on eggs and the whitefish themselves, so you have the chance to catch all three species.

The fishing has remained fair to good for anglers targeting both cutthroat and lake trout specifically. Try off the rockpile, Cisco Beach or Second Point and use tube jigs tipped with cisco or sucker meat in 35-60' of water. Anglers who have been trolling are also picking up cutthroat and lake trout using flatfish and minnow-type lures with rattles in them.


Bear Lake Fishing Report 11/26/08:

The fishing has remained fair to good for both cutthroat and lake trout caught on the rockpile by those jigging with 3/4-1oz. tube jigs tipped with either sucker meat or cisco in 35-60' of water. Trollers were also catching some fish in 65-80 feet of water using flatfish and minnow-type lures with rattles in them, off the rockpile and off the 2nd Point and Cisco Beach areas.

The Bonneville whitefish have begun spawn! We fished for a little while yesterday to check the status of the run and we were able to catch fish on every rocky shoreline we fished. The whitefish move into shallow (5-15'), rocky shoreline areas to spawn and the fishing should be hot through Mid-December. Use light equipment: 4-6 lb test line, on a light rod with 1/8 ounce or smaller jigs tipped with either nightcrawlers or meal worms fished along the bottom. Other good lures are small spinners (#0 and #1) or small silver spoons fished close to the bottom in these same areas.

Cutthroat and lake trout follow the whitefish in to feed on eggs and the whitefish themselves, so you have the chance to catch all three species.


Bear Lake Fishing Report 11/18/08:

The lake trout spawn is pretty much finished, but the fishing on Bear Lake is just starting to get good. This past week there were some nice cutthroat and lake trout caught on the rockpile by those jigging in 35-60' of water, but fishing was only fair. Trollers were picking up fish in 65-80 feet of water using flatfish and minnow-type lures with rattles in them, off the rockpile and off the 2nd Point and Cisco Beach areas.

Fishing should only improve for cutthroat and lake trout as the water continues to cool off. Bonneville whitefish should begin moving into shallow, rocky shoreline areas around the Thanksgiving weekend and the fishing should be hot during the first couple of weeks of December. Try using light equipment: 4-6 lb test line, on a light rod with 1/8 ounce or smaller jigs tipped with either worms or wax worms fished along the bottom in depths less than 10' deep along the rocky shorelines. Other good lures are small spinners (#0 and #1) or small silver spoons fished close to the bottom in these same areas. Cutthroat and lake trout follow the whitefish in to feed on eggs and the whitefish themselves, so you have the chance to catch all three species.


Note: Fishing reports for Bear Lake provided to Utah Fishing Info courtesy of Scott Tolentino of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.