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Date 11-Dec-17
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Conditions : Bear Lake: Anglers report fair to good on the lake this week. One angler had more success jigging than trolling. If you prefer to jig, use tube jigs or swim baits in various colors in 1/2- to one-ounce sizes and three to six inches long. White, green and motoroil are reliable colors. You can tip your lure with cisco, sucker or carp meat for better luck. If you are trolling, use flatfish in U-20 or similar sizes or minnow type lures in #9-13 sizes. Pay attention to your sonar and, once you locate fish, target that depth strata.

This is a great time to fish for Bonneville whitefish. You can target them along rocky, shoreline areas using light tackle. Fish in depths from five to 30 feet and use a medium action rod with four- to six-pound line and 1/16-1/8 ounce jigs, spinners in size 1 or 2, or small, one- to two-inch long spoons. Tip your lure with a piece of worm or waxworm and keep it close to bottom. You can also catch these fish using sinking-tip fly line with wooly-buggers or egg-sucking-leach patterns fished close to bottom. Bonneville whitefish are very good eating both fried and baked. Many anglers like to smoke them too. The run should last until about December 15. Try fishing along 1st and 2nd Points, Cisco Beach and off the Utah State Park marina dikes.

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