Bear Lake

Fishing report

  • Rating: Good
  • Conditions: Fishing is good for cutthroat trout and whitefish, and fair for lake trout. Anglers targeting trout are fishing with tube jigs tipped with cisco and/or worms right on the bottom in anywhere from 35 to 70 feet of water. Try fishing off the rockpile near Ideal Beach, off the new rockpiles north of the marina, at Second Point and along Cisco Beach. Other anglers are trolling and catching fish in these same locations using jointed Rapalas (size 11) and minnow-shaped crankbaits. If you are after whitefish, use a small, 1/8- to 1/4-ounce jig and tip it with a piece of worm or a waxworm. Try using a vertical jigging spoon and then run another short piece of line between the spoon and a small ice fly (about 8 to 10 inches below the spoon). This method works well for both trout and whitefish. Remember, all cutthroat trout without a healed fin clip must be released.


  • 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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