Bear Lake

Fishing report

  • Rating: Good
  • Conditions: On Feb. 4, the entire lake was frozen, and the fishing was very good. The thickest ice was eight to 10 inches thick in the southern part of the lake (south of Gus Rich Point). Anglers have also been fishing the rockpile area, where the ice is about four to six inches thick. Anglers are catching cutthroat trout, lake trout and whitefish. The best spots for trout have been on the southwest side of the lake (east of the highway pull-offs) in water from about 50–70 feet deep. The rockpile is also fishing really well at this time. For trout, try using tube jigs tipped with cisco, vertical jigging spoons (such as Kastmasters or Buck Shots) or Rapalas. For whitefish, the best spots have been off the weedbeds in 17–30 feet of water (south of Gus Rich Point), along the east side (at the pump house and between First Point and Second Point) and right on top of the rockpile. The rockpiles just north of the Utah State Park marina haven't had a lot of pressure yet, but the fishing on those should also be very good for both trout and whitefish. For whitefish, use smaller jigs (1/8 ounce) jigging spoons and ice flies, and tip your lure with a small piece of worm, wax worm or salmon egg. Please remember, cutthroat trout that don't have a healed fin clip must be released. People are riding four-wheelers and snowmobiles all over the lake at this time. Please use extreme caution — Bear Lake has many areas where there are springs and methane gas vents, and there may be no ice or thin ice in these areas. Ice thickness on the east side varies from about five to eight inches in most places. We've also had many questions about parking. Ideal Beach Resort will allow anglers to drive in through their property and park on the beach in the plowed-out area. The cost is $3 per person per day. This is the closest access to the rockpile. The town of Garden City also plows out several areas. One of them is about a quarter-mile north of Ideal Beach on 250 East Loop Street, and parking here is free. Another popular ice-fishing access point is on 150 South Street in Garden City.


  • 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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