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Bear Lake

Image of Bear Lake

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

The water temperature is around 40 degrees. Anglers have recently been catching lake trout and cutthroat trout. Around this time of year the Bear Lake sculpin begin moving to the shallows. This means that besides the typical jigging and trolling methods you might use at the lake, you might have success fishing from shore. Good places to try include the north end of the lake, First and Second Points, and Cisco Beach. (Last update 04-20-18)

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.