Bear Lake Fishing Report
by Bear Lake Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau
Boats can be launched at the Utah State Park, First Point and Rainbow Cove ramps. Water is levels on east side at First Point and Rainbow Cove are now considered “use at your own risk”, due to concrete at the end of the ramp having a drop off of nearly a foot or more. Make sure you decide to use these two ramps that you don’t back your trailer tires over the bottom edge so it becomes difficult to pull your boat/trailer back out. This will also prevent costly damage the trailer, especially on larger boats! The “low water concrete ramp” at Cisco Beach is now useable, however, you will need four wheel drive to use this ramp due to the rock shoreline above the ramp.
Surface water temperature has dropped into the 50s. Lake trout are still spawning, but it is slowing down. However, with the cooler water temperatures, both cutthroat and lake trout can now be found in the shallower waters. Anglers are catching fish trolling with flatfish and jointed minnow lures in bright colors (yellows/oranges) off Cisco Beach in 20-80’ of water using downriggers or lead-core line. Try to keep your lure close to the bottom, or in some cases digging into the bottom.
For those anglers fishing from shore, lake trout are still being caught off the Utah State Park marina, North Beach Jetty, and along Cisco Beach. Anglers are also catching some cutthroat trout in these same areas too. If you are casting try large spinners (#5 and #6) like Mepps, Vibrax, and Roostertails. If you are fly fishing try large sculpin patterns or large, articulated bunny fur leach patterns.
As the lake trout spawn winds down, the fish will begin feeding and jigging from boats for both lake trout and cutthroat trout should improve. Good spots to try are off the rockpile, 1st Point, 2nd Point and off the rockpiles just north of the Utah State Park Marina. Try from about 30-80’ and keep moving until you find active fish. Use a 1/2- to 1-ounce jig with a 4-6” tube, twister tail or swim bait tipped with a piece of cisco or other fish meat. Let the jig bounce right on the bottom and lifting up 12 to 18 inches. Many of the strikes happen when the lure is falling back to the bottom, so pay attention to your line. If you notice the lure/line stops sinking, set the hook and hold on!
Reminder: The trout limit is two fish. There is no longer a fin clip regulation for cutthroat trout so any cutthroat trout can be kept up to the two fish limit. Lake trout take a long time to reach a large size. While large lake trout are legal to keep, many anglers are encouraging other anglers to release them. If you plan on releasing fish, try to land the fish quickly and then get the fish back into the water without any delays. You may consider using a “descending device” which allows you to decompress fish and release it into the deeper water.
Garden City Pond and Laketown Reservoirs:
Both waters have nearly full pools and were stocked for the fall. Fishing should be good at both waters. If you are bait fishing try worms, marshmallows and power bait suspended below a bobber. You can try casting using small spinners or spoons too. If you want to fly fish, try a green or brown leach pattern or a variety of nymphs on a sinking tip line.
More information: If you’re looking for fishing information between the emailed reports, you’re welcome to call our Bear Lake office answering machine at 435-946-8501. We try to provide updated weather and fishing condition information as conditions change. Please call after 5 p.m.!
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
371 West Marina Dr.
Garden City, UT 84028
(435) 946-8501 phone & fax