Bear Lake

Fishing report

  • Rating: Good
  • Conditions: Anglers report continued success in catching cutthroats at Bear Lake. They are doing best on the east side of the lake, anywhere from Cisco Beach to the Utah/Idaho state line. Trolling and jigging are working well. Anglers who are trolling are using flatfish lures or larger rattling crankbaits. The fish are about 50–70 feet deep. Anglers who are jigging are having success near the rockpile, Rainbow Cove and Cisco Beach areas (in about the same depths) using tube jigs tipped with cisco. Fishing from the Utah State Park Marina has been fair for cutthroat trout in the morning. The fish are preparing to spawn, so try using spoons and different types of crankbaits. Remember, you must release all cutthroat trout that do not have 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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