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Bear Lake Sponsored by
Date 27-Nov-20
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Conditions : Bear Lake Boat ramps that are available for launching at this time include: the Bear Lake State Park marina, First Point, and Rainbow Cove. Courtesy docks are still in the water at all locations, however the docks on the east side can be pulled out if they begin to ice-up. The Bonneville whitefish run should begin any day. Anglers either fishing from shore or a boat should be able to do well if they are fishing from rocky shorelines. Good spots to try are off the Utah State Park marina, Cisco Beach and 2nd Point. You want to use light line (4-6lb mono) or preferably one of the superlines in order to detect the light bites. Use 1/8 or smaller jigs or similar sized jigging spoons (Swedish Pimple, etc). It helps if you tip the lure with a small piece of nightcrawler or a Gulp worm. Finally, and most importantly, fish your lure so it is in contact with the bottom or very close to it. Snagging once in a while assures you that your lure is in the strike zone for these fish. Don’t be surprised to hook into a cutthroat trout or lake trout while fishing for whitefish. As far as trout fishing goes, it is heating up and just going to get better. Use ½ to 1 ounce jigs tipped with Bonneville cisco (sucker or carp meat also work well). Fish in 30-75 feet of water off the “rockpile”, pump house, 1st or 2nd Points, or off Cisco Beach. If you are trolling, use downriggers with flatfish, rapalas, or spoons. Again, fish close to the bottom, but don’t ignore the suspended fish you may see on your sonar. Target those fish with deep diving lures not on the downrigger but 100-125 feet behind the boat. Remember the trout limit is two fish. Cutthroat trout with a healed fin clip may be kept; cutthroat trout with all fins intact must be immediately released. Large lake trout take a long time to reach large sizes, and while they are legal to keep, many anglers are encouraging other anglers to release them. The whitefish limit is 10 fish.

Reported by: Utah D.W.R

Species Hatches: Patterns Lures & Spinners
  • Cisco
  • Cutthroat Trout
  • Mackinaw (Lake Trout)
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Whitefish

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About: - You expect a lake to be blue, but turquoise? That’s the color of Bear Lake, the 20-mile-long body of water that straddles the Idaho-Utah border.

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