Bear Lake

Fishing report

  • Rating: Good
  • Conditions: Angler creel surveys show good fishing for cutthroat trout and a few lake trout. For trout, anglers are mainly trolling with minnow-type lures in water depths of 15 to 30 using flatlines with deep-diving lures or downriggers with lures that run more shallow. The best spots to fish have been along the east side at Rainbow Cove/North Eden and along the west side from Swan Creek to the north to Fish Haven Creek. A few anglers have been jigging using tube jigs tipped with cisco or worms on the bottom in about 60 feet of water off Second Point and Cisco Beach. Remember: you must release all cutthroat trout that do not have a healed fin clip.

    State Road 39 over Monte Cristo is open, so you can reach Bear Lake and other Rich County waters through Monte Cristo. The surface water temperature is about 51 degrees. You can launch a boat at the marina and at both east side boat ramps: First Point and Rainbow Cove. Courtesy docks are in the water at all locations.


  • 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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