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Bear Lake Sponsored by
Date 06-Feb-18
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Conditions : Bear Lake: Bear Lake is all open water. Boats can be launched at the Utah State Park marina, First Point, Cisco Beach and Rainbow Cove boat ramps in Utah and courtesy docks are in the water at all locations. There is also boat launching available on the Idaho side of the lake at their East Shore State Park ramp and North Beach ramp.

The cisco are running. Anglers dipnetting off the Utah State Park marina were able to dip limits both Sunday (1/28) and Monday (1/29). There have only been a few fish sighted along Cisco Beach as of 1/29. Boat anglers are still catching limits of cisco off the Rockpile 48 to 55 feet and the pump house 28 to 38 feet by jigging with jigging spoons (Kastmasters, buckshot, Hopkins). Anglers report good fishing for cutthroat trout and some lake trout by jigging off the Gus Rich Point/Rockpile area as well as off the pumphouse, Second Point and Cisco Beach. Trolling should also work well in these areas. If you are jigging for trout, use tube jigs or swim baits in various colors in 1/2 to one ounce sizes and 3 to six inches long. Try tipping them with cisco, sucker meat or Gulp minnows. Reliable colors are white, green and motoroil.

If you are trolling, use Flatfish in U-20 or similar sizes or minnow type lures in #9-13 sizes. Shore anglers are doing good along Cisco Beach and off the State Park marina bait fishing with cisco. If you are jigging for whitefish, use smaller jigging spoons (Kastmasters, buckshot, Hopkins) and tip your lures with worms or rubber salmon eggs. You can even add a small dropper ice fly about 8 to 12 inches below the main lure and tip that with a maggot.

Since we have open water conditions, you should plan to bring up waders to keep you dry and which also allow you to get into the water a little ways from shore. It is also advantageous to have a second person jigging a lure with no hooks on it to attract the cisco closer to your net. When you scoop the cisco, you can scoop up the attractor lure and not worry about it tangling in your dip net.

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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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