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Date 25-Oct-18
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Water Temperature  

Conditions : Bear Lake:The surface water temperature is 53°F and continues to drop. The water level has dropped about 3.5 feet this year, but you can still launch a boat at the Utah State Park marina, 1st Point, Cisco Beach and Rainbow Cove boat ramps in Utah. Courtesy docks are also in the water at all locations. There is also boat launching available on the Idaho side of the lake at their North Beach ramp. The road is being repaved along the entire east side of the lake in Utah. As of October 23, the road is mostly paved from Laketown to the Rainbow Cove Boat Ramp area. There are no delays due to construction. Paving will continue, but we will try to provide updates on access as frequently as possible.

Cutthroat trout fishing has been good and lake trout fishing has been very good. Anglers report the best fishing when trolling with downriggers and minnow type lures off Rainbow Cove and North Eden for both cutthroat and lake trout. Try trolling in very shallow in the rocky shoreline areas. Last weekend, anglers were catching fish at 10 feet in areas where the depth was 40 feet. Go shallow in the mornings and move out into deeper water as the sun comes up. Some anglers are also catching cutthroat and lake trout by trolling and jigging off the Gus Rich Point/Rockpile area. You might also want to try fishing off the Idaho State Park on the east side of the lake and off of the Utah State Park marina. If you are jigging for trout, use tube jigs or swim baits in various colors in 1/2- to one ounce sizes and three- to six-inch long tipped with cisco, sucker meat or Gulp minnows. Reliable colors are white, green and chartreuse. Shore fishing has been very good for spawning lake trout for anglers casting large spinners and spoons, using fly rods with large rabbit fur or articulated sculpin patterns. The best spots have been off the Utah State Park marina and off the North Beach Jetty in Idaho. The best times to fish are from about 5 p.m. until midnight and then again just prior to sunrise.

Remember: The trout limit is two fish. You may keep cutthroat trout with a fin clip, but you must immediately release all cutthroat trout that have all fins intact. Lake trout take a long time to reach large sizes. They are legal to keep, but many anglers encourage releasing them. (10-26-18)

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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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