Bear Lake

Fishing report

  • Rating: Good
  • Conditions: Fishing is good. Bonneville whitefish will start to spawn around Thanksgiving until Dec. 20. Darin Pugmire of Pugstone's recommends using a light rod and reel and either vertical jig or cast and jig. Use the small jigs in the 1/32-ounce and/or 1/16-ounce. Colors are variable, so bring several. You should also bring mealworms, wax worms or nightcrawlers.

    We've seen many anglers catch a lot of big lake trout during the lake trout spawn. Several report catching 30-pound lake trout. (Note: If you ever catch a lake trout that big, please report it. That would be a record for Bear Lake!) Look for the lake trout to start feeding again. You'll find them at various water depths, but you'll see the best results in the 40 to 60-foot depths. Cisco Beach, Aquatics Camp, North Eden, South Eden and down by the Ledges are the best places to find lake trout. Fishing off the rockpile will continue to improve in the next week or two.

    Anglers report good fishing for cutthroat trout. These trout have been found in more areas than lake trout. We've received reports off of the State Marina, along the west side in front of Pugstone's, the Rockpile and of course along the west side around or south of Gus Rich Point. You'll find them at various depths, but the best place to try is at 40 to 72 feet deep. If you're jigging, you'll probably do even better. Remember, if you catch a cutthroat trout without a healed fin clip, you must release it.


  • 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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