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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As of Jan. 4, Bear Lake had about 18 inches of snow on the ground. That may have increased in recent days. Ice has formed inside the marina and is starting to form on the lake. For current conditions, see the Bear Lake State Park website. Ice is also forming on some of the launch ramps. Please use caution. The State Park has pulled the courtesy docks at all locations except the State Park marina. If you are launching from east-side locations, come prepared to launch without a dock. The water level at Rainbow Cove is low, so if you are launching a larger boat, be careful about not backing your trailer off the end of the concrete ramp. There is a large drop-off at the end of the ramp that could ruin a trailer axle. There is a fair amount of floating ice on the lake, so be careful when boating. Fishing for lake trout and cutthroat trout has been very good for anglers who are jigging and trolling off the rockpile area. If you're jigging, use tube jigs tipped with cisco or sucker meat. If you're trolling with downriggers in these same locations, use Rapalas or minnow-type lures, including spoons. Try the area off the rockpile near Ideal Beach, the rockpiles just north of the Utah State Park marina, and the area off South Eden/Cisco Beach in depths of 35 to 70 feet. Anglers are also catching a few fish while casting from the shore at Cisco Beach and off the State Park marina dikes. Use larger spoons or large spinners (#5 or #6) at this time of year. Please remember, if you catch a cutthroat trout that doesn't have a healed fin clip, you must release it. (Last update 01-06-17)
- 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.