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Bear Lake Sponsored by
Date 20-Apr-19
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Conditions : Bear Lake: Bear Lake is entirely open water and surface water temperature is 37 degrees. Launching access is available at the Utah State Park marina, First Point, Cisco Beach and Rainbow Cove boat ramps where courtesy docks are in the water. Most the snow has melted along the lakeshore at this time. Fishing pressure is light; however, anglers are catching cutthroat trout and lake trout. The best locations have been on the east side of the lake off the 2nd Point, Cisco Beach and Rainbow Cove. Anglers are trolling and jigging, both methods have been working well. When jigging, start in depths of 50 to 65 feet, depending on location. When jigging, use tube jigs or swim baits in 1/2 to 1-ounce sizes and 3 to 6 inches long. Tip the jigs or swim baits with cisco, sucker meat or Gulp minnows. Reliable colors are white, green and chartreuse. Anglers who have been trolling are doing well using minnow type lures, flatfish and a dodger with a squid. Troll with the lures off downriggers close to bottom; keep an eye on your sonar for suspended fish that may also be active at this time of year. Since the water is still very cold, trolling flat lines far behind the boat with crankbaits can also be productive. Remember the trout limit is two fish. Cutthroat trout with a healed fin clip may be kept; cutthroat trout with all fins intact must be released immediately. Large Lake Trout take a long time to reach substantial sizes and while they are legal to keep, many anglers are encouraging other anglers to release them.

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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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