Bear Lake

Fishing report

  • Rating: Good
  • Conditions: Anglers report decent fishing for cutthroat trout and an occasional lake trout. The best fishing has been near the bottom in 45 to 65 feet of water using Rapalas and spoons off of downriggers. The best spots to fish are off of the east side from First Point to the Scout Camp and also from Cisco Beach to Rainbow Cove/North Eden. If you are fishing on the west side, try trolling parallel to the shore from Swan Creek north to Fish Haven Creek. you can sometimes catch nice-sized fish by trolling flat lines in the early morning off of South Eden. The fish are feeding on insects that get blown on to the water. Try using a minnow-type lure with either a shallow or a deep-diving lip for these early morning feeders. The surface water is about 64°F. You can launch a boat at the marina and at both east side boat ramps: First Point and Rainbow Cove. Courtesy docks are also in the water at all locations. 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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