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Date 19-Jan-18
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Conditions : Bear Lake Bear Lake is all open water. You can launch boats 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. There have been no sign of cisco along Cisco Beach as of Jan. 15, however, boat anglers are reporting they are just beginning to catch one or two cisco off the Rockpile by jigging. The cisco run could begin any day, but more likely it will begin around Jan 20. Since it will very likely be open water conditions, you should plan to bring up waders. 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. Anglers are doing good to excellent for cutthroat trout and some lake trout by jigging off the Gus Rich Point/Rockpile area as well as off Second Point and Cisco Beach. Trolling should also work well in these areas. If you are jigging, 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. Cutthroat trout and lake trout can be found in any depths at this time of year, so if you are trolling parallel to shore, try close to shore in 10 feet of water or less and keep moving all the way out to 80 feet or more. Pay attention to your sonar. Once you locate fish, target those depth strata. Shore anglers are doing well along Cisco Beach both bait fishing and casting for cutthroat trout. Fly anglers are also able to do quite well at this time of year with large flies such as egg-sucking leeches or articulated bunny flies. Reports from this weekend show that anglers are also catching some Bonneville whitefish off the Rockpile using smaller jigging spoons (Kastmasters, buckshot, Hopkins, etc.) and tipping their lures with worms or Gulp worms. You can even add a small dropper ice fly about 8 to 12 inches below the main lure and tip that with a maggot.

Reported by: Pugstones Sporting

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

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