Bear Lake

Fishing report

  • Rating: Good
  • Conditions: Anglers report good fishing for cutthroat trout and an occasional lake trout by trolling. Anglers have had the best success fishing in 60 to 85 feet of water using Rapalas, flatfish and spoons close to the lake's bottom. The best spot has been off the east side from Rainbow Cove/North Eden up to the Idaho State Park. You'll also find good fishing during this time of year from First Point up to the Scout Camp. If you are fishing the west side, try trolling parallel to shore off Garden City towards the rockpile. There are few anglers jigging now, but that can also produce some good fish this time of year. Try jigging on the bottom at the same depths you would for trolling and use a 0.75- to one-ounce tube jig tipped with cisco, sucker or carp meat. You can launch a boat at the marina and both east-side boat ramps at First Point and Rainbow Cove. Courtesy docks are in the water at all locations. The thermocline is strong right now and is set up between about 36 to 62 feet. Remember: you must immediately released any cutthroat you catch without a healed fin clip.


  • Location: Northern Utah
  • Directions: From Logan, drive 38 miles east on Highway 89
  • Type: State park
  • Size: 70,000 acres
  • Elevation: 5,924 feet
  • Hours: No restrictions
  • Likely catch: Cutthroat Trout, Lake Trout
  • Possible catch: Bonneville Cisco
  • Regulations: To see what statewide or special regulations apply to this waterbody, please read the current Fishing Guidebook.
  • Site amenities: Open to fishing for all ages
  • Handicap access: This lake has handicap access in certain areas.
  • Site description: Bear Lake provides a cold-water sport fishery mainly for cutthroat and lake trout. A Utah or Idaho fishing license is valid on the entire lake.

    Bear Lake is located in a beautiful mountain setting and the blue color is produced by suspended carbonates in the water that reflect blue light.

    Bear Lake and its tributaries have a number of special regulations. Please see the Fishing Guidebook for more information.

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