Bear Lake

Fishing report

  • Rating: Good
  • Conditions: Cutthroat and lake trout are feeding mainly on cisco at this time. Several anglers reported good fishing for both species by trolling with downriggers and Rapala-type lures in 5- to 8-inch lengths. Anglers report the best fishing by trolling from South Eden campground northward to the Utah-Idaho state line. Try varying your trolling speeds, but try to average 1.8 to 2.5 mph. Very few anglers are fishing along the west side of the lake because of the recreational boat traffic.

    A summer net sampling completed this week found that the majority of cutthroat and lake trout were found very close to the bottom at depths between 85 and 160 feet. In fact, the highest catches of cutthroat came at the deepest depths. Consider releasing large lake trout in order to maintain the fishery. Lake trout grow very slowly and can easily live in Bear Lake for more than 35 years.

    The surface water temperature is 71°F, and has likely peaked for the year. You can launch boats at the Utah State Park marina, and off the east side at the 1st Point and Rainbow Cove boat ramps. The courtesy docks are installed at all locations.

    If you want to keep a cutthroat trout from Bear Lake, it must have a healed fin clip (usually the adipose fin). If you catch a cutthroat with all of its fins intact — even if it's tagged — 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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