Bear Lake Fishing Report – Wednesday, August 8, 2018
By Scott A. Tolentino, Fisheries Biologist
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
The surface water temperature at Bear Lake is 73 degrees and the thermocline is between 36-60 feet right now. Water levels are high but dropping slowly. Boats can be launched at the Utah State Park marina, 1st 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 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 am 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 6am-10am. Other locations where fishing could be good is 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 ½ to 1 ounce sizes and 3-6” 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 really work well too. As for shore fishing, try casting or still fishing with cisco off the Cisco Beach, or 2nd 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 reach large sizes, and while they are legal to keep, many anglers are encouraging other anglers to release them.
Garden City Community Fishery Pond
The pond was stocked the first week of August and fishing has been hot for rainbow trout. Try using a small fly behind a bubble or even small dry flies on the surface. Worms and powerbait about 12” under a bobber can also work well. Please use the self-service creel cards and let the UDWR know how you did fishing.
Laketown Reservoir is still producing some decent catches of rainbow and cutthroat trout, but is quite weedy. Use small spinners and flies behind a bubble fished close to the surface for best results