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Bear Lake

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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.

Latest fishing report

Fishing for cutthroat and lake trout has been fair. Biologists are in the process of sampling the lake this week and have found trout from 45 feet out to over 175 feet. Anglers have been doing the best by trolling with downriggers and minnow-type lures off North Eden. You can also try jigging off the Gus Rich Point/Rockpile area, but recreational boats are typically on the water by 10 a.m. Fishing slows down after the jet skis and wakeboard boats hit the water. Your best bet is to troll and jig early in the morning from about 6–10 a.m. You may also want to try fishing off the Idaho State Park on the east side of the lake and off of Swan Creek north to Fish Haven. If you are jigging for trout, use tube jigs or swim baits in various colors in 1/2- to one ounce size and three to six inches long tipped with cisco, sucker meat or Gulp minnows. Reliable colors are white, green and chartreuse. Sometimes at this time of year, a squid behind a dodger can really work well too. As for shore fishing, try casting or still fishing with cisco off the Cisco Beach or 2nd Point. You can also try casting with large spinners and spoons. Let your lure sink so that you retrieve it close to the bottom. Remember: the trout limit is two fish. You may keep cutthroat trout with a fin clip, but you must immediately release any cutthroat trout that have all fins intact.

The surface water temperature at Bear Lake is 73°F and the thermocline is between 36 and 60 feet right now. The water levels are high but dropping slowly. You can launch a boat at the Utah State Park marina, 1st Point, Cisco Beach and Rainbow Cove boat ramps in Utah. Courtesy docks are in the water at all locations. You can also launch on the Idaho side of the lake at the East Shore State Park and North Beach ramps. (Last update 08-10-18)

Details

  • 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, Bonneville Whitefish
  • Possible catch: Bonneville Cisco, Bear Lake Whitefish
  • 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.