Fishing at Bear Lake
Bear Lake is home to a trophy cutthroat trout fishery where the Idaho State record cutthroat of 19 lbs. was caught. Lake trout(mackinaw) also inhabit the lake and may grow to 30 lbs. Trolling and jigging from boats can be done throughout the year (winter and spring months being the most productive).
There are four endemic fish species in Bear Lake: the Bonneville cisco (Prosopium gemmifer), the Bonneville whitefish (Prosopium spilonotus), the Bear Lake whitefish (Prosopium abyssicola), and the Bear Lake sculpin (Cottus extensus). The January-February spawning run of the Bonneville cisco draws fishing enthusiast who dip nets to capture the small swift fish.
The Idaho Fish & Game Take Me Fishing Trailer visits the Montpelier Rearing Pond a couple times a summer. Fishing gear for use by the public for free, fishing instruction, and if you register at the trailer— no fishing license is necessary!
Bear Lake has four species of fish that cannot be found anywhere else in the world, with the Bonneville cisco being the most well known. They move in close to shore to spawn in mid January and can be dip-netted through the ice. Bear Lake is ice covered four out of five years and jigging for trout and whitefish is a favorite activity for those who brave the cold outdoors to fish. The Montpelier Reservoir is also a close place to go ice fishing. Located only minutes east of Montpelier, Idaho, active rainbow trout are the main attraction.