Bear Lake Bear Lake is basically at full capacity and boat launching is possible at all ramps on the Utah and Idaho sides of the lake. Water temperature is 73 degrees. Anglers have been doing fair for Cutthroat Trout by trolling minnow type lures and flatfish in 65 to 85 feet of water. The DWR sampled the lake recently and found the majority of Cutthroat Trout and Lake Trout in 85 to 170 feet of water. The highest concentrations of fish were off the east side. One interesting method to try before the sun comes up, is to troll early in the mornings off the mouths of North Eden and South Eden canyons. Troll chartreuse or green colored minnow-type lures on flat lines 100 feet or more behind your boat.
Even though the water is warm, in the early morning the canyon breezes sweep grass hoppers out onto the surface of the water where they are fed on by Cutthroat Trout. Sometimes fishing can be fast and furious. Later in the day, use downriggers to get your line down within five feet or so from the bottom and pay attention to your sonar unit. If you see fish continue to troll in that same area. If you are not seeing any fish, then move deeper. Use larger minnow-type lures and flatfish. Good spots are off Cisco Beach, Second Point and off the two canyon mouths mentioned above.