The Bonneville Cisco spawns
next in late January and early February. These fish are especially important to this lakes fishery.
At an average of around 6” there are an
estimated 9 million of these little guys in the
Cisco is not only good to eat but a great source of
bait later in the season.
The limit on these fish is 30 in possession.
This can be one of the best times on Bear
9million Cisco coming into spawn the whole lake
turns on as the larger fish, cutthroat and mackinaw,
come in for a fast and easy treat.
The Bear Lake Whitefish spawns
is usually around the end of February through the
end of March. These
fish are only the size of a Cisco (avg. 6”).
You don’t catch as many whitefish as you do
during the Bonneville run, but as for cutthroat and
mackinaw it is another great time to hook into a
Bear Lake Sculpin spawn in the
end of March thru the middle of April.
For those of you who do not know anything
about a Sculpin they are often described as a
little Sculpin have baby blue eyes which separates
them from other species.
They average around 3” but it makes it easy
for those cutthroats to ingest high numbers of these
Bear Lake Cutthroat is the next
to come into spawn.
They do so around April 15 thru the end of
fish average around 17” and 2lbs.
It is not uncommon to hook a 5+ pounder.
The record for the lake is 18lbs. so your
chances of catching a record fish are not exactly
great, but would be a thrill beyond comprehension.
During this time the tributaries to the lake
are closed to fishing out to 300 yards into the
is not uncommon to see several boats trolling out
around the marked buoys this time of year.
This is on of the times that fishing from
shore can actually be a rewarding experience.
They not only spawn in the tributaries but
the rocky shoals as well.
The Utah State Marina, located in Garden
City, is a favorite spot for shore anglers.
Also the rocky points of the east side can be
a great spot to throw some hardware.
Back in the early days we had
some rainbows that were released into the lake.
It is pretty uncommon to catch a rainbow on
this lake. The
state is on a waiting list to be able to
re-introduce these fish to our fishery.
We are excited for this to happen so that the
fishing from the shore can be a little more
record rainbow for Bear Lake is 13.5lbs and was
caught in 1999.
The Mackinaw is the last fish
that we chase out here in the lake.
These fish are definitely the bruisers of the
fish average around 5lbs but it is not uncommon to
catch one over 12lbs.
The lake record is around 30lbs.
You have a trophy if you catch anything over
spawn in late October and early November.
This is a great time to fish for these big
during the night seems to be a favorite for some
anglers. The Macks have been sterilized before they were planted in
Bear Lake. This
is the reason the DWR doesn’t close fishing during
this time of year. The sad thing is that there are a lot of people that snag
these big fish during this time.
Fly fishing for these big lunkers is my favorite way
to fish for them.