Bear Lake Fishing Report December 2018

Bear Lake Fishing Report – Wednesday, December 12, 2018

By Scott Tolentino, Utah DWR
Boats can still 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. Ramps have been plowed and sanded. There is about 6-8” of snow on the ground at Bear Lake. There is also boat launching available on the Idaho side of the lake at their North Beach ramp.
Repaving of the road along the entire east side of the lake in Utah is now completed from Laketown to the Idaho State line. This makes access along the east side of Bear Lake to boat ramps and shore fishing areas much easier.
Fishing for cutthroat trout and lake trout has been very good Anglers are doing well by jigging in 10’ out of 60’ of water, depending on location. Good spots are the rockpile, 2nd Point, and Cisco Beach. When 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. Try in shallow in the mornings and move out deeper as the sun comes up.
Anglers are also doing well trolling minnow type lures and flatfish using downriggers off the “rockpile”, and 1st and 2nd Points. You can also try trolling very shallow with flat lines along the rocky shoreline areas.
Shore fishing has been good for cutthroat trout casting large spinners and spoons off the Utah State Park marina and off the Cisco Beach. You can also do quite well using large flies casting a sinking line along Cisco Beach.
The Bonneville whitefish run has peaked and fishing should continue to be good through December 15th or so. A new state record Bonneville whitefish was landed last weekend which weighed 4lbs 9 oz. Use 1/8 oz jigged tipped with a worm or Berkeley Power worm fished slowly along the bottom in 5-15’ of water. There have been goo reports of cutthroat trout being taken while jigging from whitefish, especially off the Utah State Park marina. Other good whitefish spots have been of 2nd Point, Cisco Beach, and South Eden.
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 has been stocked with sterile rainbow trout in early October and there has not been a lot of fishing pressure. The reservoir is frozen, but anglers should use caution when venturing on the ice due to an aerator on this pond. Fishing should be good for the rest of the winter using. Try tipping your lures with a piece of worm or maggot. Please use the self-service creel cards and let the UDWR know how you did fishing.
Laketown Reservoir
Laketown Reservoir is also frozen, but access is difficult due to snow. Ice is about 5” thick at this time. For an adventure try snowshoing or cross country skiing up the reservoir and park you vehicle in Laketown. You can also snowmobile up to this reservoir. Expect decent catches of rainbow trout and cutthroat trout using small ice flies or spoons.
By Scott Tolentino, Utah DWR

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