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Bear Lake Sponsored by
Date 01-Sep-18
Water Condition
Water Temperature  

Conditions : Bear Lake The surface water temperature is 73 degrees and the thermocline is between 36 and 60 feet right now. Water levels are high but dropping slowly. 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. You can also launch a boat on the Idaho side of the lake at their East Shore State Park ramp and North Beach ramps. Fishing for cutthroat trout and lake trout has been fair. Biologists are in the process of sampling the lake this week and have found trout from 45 feet out to over 175 feet. Anglers have been doing the best by trolling with downriggers and minnow type lures off North Eden. You can also try jigging off the Gus Rich Point/Rockpile area, but recreational boats are typically on the water by about 10 a.m. and the fishing slows down after the jet skis and wakeboard boats hit the water. Your best bet is to troll and jig early in the morning from about 6 to 10 a.m. Other locations where fishing could be good include off the Idaho State Park on the east side of the lake and off of Swan Creek north to Fish Haven. 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 tipped with cisco, sucker meat or Gulp minnows. Reliable colors are white, green and chartreuse. Sometimes at this time of year a squid behind a dodger can work well too. As for shore fishing, try casting or still fishing with cisco off the Cisco Beach, or Second Point. You can also try casting with large spinners and spoons. Let your lure sink so you retrieve it close to the bottom. The trout limit is two fish. Cutthroat trout with a fin clip may be kept; cutthroat trout with all fins intact must be immediately released. Large lake trout take a long time to get big, and while they are legal to keep, many anglers are encouraging other anglers to release them.

Reported by: Pugstones Sporting

Species Hatches: Patterns Lures & Spinners
  • Cisco
  • Cutthroat Trout
  • Mackinaw (Lake Trout)
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Whitefish

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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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