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 surface water temperature at Bear Lake is 68°F which is still very warm for this time of year. The water level has dropped about three feet this year, but boats can still launch at the Utah State Park marina and at the First Point, Cisco Beach and Rainbow Cove boat ramps in Utah. Courtesy docks are still in the water at all locations. You can also launch a boat on the Idaho side of the lake at the North Beach ramp. Fishing for cutthroat trout and lake trout has been fair, and it has been improving over the last few weeks. Anglers are reporting the best success while trolling with downriggers in 55 to 80 feet of water. They are using minnow-type lures off of Rainbow Cove and North Eden to catch cutthroat and lake trout. Some anglers are also catching cutthroat and lake trout by trolling and jigging off the Gus Rich Point/Rockpile area. You might also try fishing off the Idaho State Park on the east side of the lake and off of the Utah State Park marina. If you are jigging for trout, use tube jigs or swim baits in various colors in half-ounce to one-ounce sizes (three to six inches long) and tip them with cisco, sucker meat or Gulp minnows. Reliable colors are white, green and chartreuse. Shore fishing has been slow due to the warm water temperatures, but you can try casting large spinners and spoons or still fishing with cisco off the Cisco Beach or off the Utah State Park marina. The trout limit is two fish. If you catch a cutthroat trout with a fin clip, you may keep it. Cutthroat trout with all fins intact must be immediately released. The road repaving project along the entire east side of the lake (in Utah) has involved some construction delays. As of Oct. 1, the road has now been paved from the town of Laketown northward to Second Point. Therefore, the First Point boat ramp is now easily accessible. However, there can be up to 45-minute delays if you are trying to go farther north to Cisco Beach or Rainbow Cove. Paving is ongoing, and we will try to post access updates as frequently as possible. (Last update 10-09-18)
- 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.