Bear Lake Fishing Report – Tuesday, November 13, 2018
By Scott Tolentino, Utah DWR
Water level has dropped about 3.5 feet this year but 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. 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 completely paved from Laketown to the Idaho State line. This now makes access along the east side of Bear Lake to boat ramps and fishing areas along the shore much easier.
Fishing for cutthroat trout and lake trout continues to be good. Anglers are catching fish by trolling with downriggers and minnow type lures off Cisco Beach, Rainbow Cove and North Eden. Try trolling very shallow in the rocky shoreline areas. Anglers are catching fish from 10’ out of 60’ of water. Try in shallow in the mornings and move out deeper as the sun comes up. Some anglers are also catching both cutthroat and lake trout by trolling and jigging off the Gus Rich Point/Rockpile area. 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. Shore fishing has fair to good for both cutthroat trout and lake trout casting large spinners and spoons off the Utah State Park marina and off the Cisco Beach.
The Bonneville whitefish should begin their spawning run the week after Thanksgiving and continue through the first two weeks of December. There have been no reports of anyone catching whitefish yet and we will continue to monitor and report on the run once it gets going.
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 total full. Fishing should be good for the rest of the fall and into the winter. Try using a small fly behind a bubble, dry flies on the surface, casting small spinners or spoons. Worms and powerbait about 12-24” 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 has been producing some decent catches of rainbow trout and cutthroat trout, and weeds are beginning to subsides. Water levels are near full pool. Use small spinners and flies behind a bubble fished close to the surface for best results.
By Scott Tolentino, Utah DWR