- Rating: Good
- Conditions: The entire lake is frozen, and the fishing has been very good. The thickest ice (8 to 10 inches) is in the southern part of the lake south of Gus Rich Point, but the Rockpile area is now accessible and the ice is about 4 to six inches thick where the anglers have been fishing this area. People are also riding four-wheel vehicles and snowmobiles all over the lake. However, use extreme caution since Bear Lake has many areas where there are springs and/or methane gas vents and there may be no ice or thin ice in these areas. Ice thickness of the east side varies from about five inches to eight inches in most places. Finally, since this question gets asked a lot this time of year: Ideal Beach resort will allow anglers to drive in through their property and park on the beach in the plowed out area. Cost is $3 per person per day and is the closest access to the Rockpile. Garden City plows several areas too. One is about quarter mile north of Ideal Beach on 250 East Loop Street, and parking is free. Another popular ice-fishing access point is on 150 South Street in Garden City. The ice anglers are doing very well for cutthroat trout, lake trout and whitefish. The best spots for trout have been on the southwest side of the lake east of the highway pull-offs in water from about 50 to 70 feet deep. Also, the rockpile is fishing really well. Good lures to use for jigging include vertical jigging spoons such as castmasters and Buck Shots, but tube jigs tipped with cisco are the hottest lures at this time. Also, jigging rapalas are working for trout. For whitefish, the best spots have been off the weedbeds in 17 to 30 feet of water south of Gus Rich Point, along the east side at the pump house and between First Point and Second Point, and right on top of the rockpile. The rockpiles just north of the Utah State Park marina haven't had a lot of pressure yet, but the fishing on those should also be very good for both trout and whitefish. For whitefish, use smaller jigs (1/8 ounce) jigging spoons and ice flys, and tip your lure with a small piece of worm, wax worm or salmon egg.
Please remember, all cutthroat trout that are caught and don't have a healed fin clip must be released. Large lake trout are not very good eating and take a long time to reach large sizes, and while they are legal to keep, many anglers encourage others to release them.
- 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.