• Fishing at Bear Lake

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!

Find Boat Ramps on our Bear Lake Google Interactive Map.

Explore Pugstone Sporting’s Awesome Fishing Map of Bear Lake!

Buy a Utah Fishing License online.

Ice Fishing

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.

Fishing Information

Idaho Fish and GameBear Lake Idaho Hunting and Fishing information. Buy hunting and fishing licenses. Idaho fishing license vendors.

Utah Division of Wildlife ResourcesBear Lake Utah Hunting and Fishing information. Buy hunting and fishing licenses.

Fishing Charters and Gear

Marina Rentals
940 N. Bear Lake Blvd
Garden City, Utah 84028
On-site rentals of boats, Sea-Doo’s, SUP boards, kayaks, water trampolines, UTV street legal side-by-sides, bicycles, etc. We have a floating marina store, fuel dock to gas your boat, full-service grill, drinks, and shakes. We offer guided fishing tours, boat repairs, boat washing & detailing, winterizations, and more.

Pugstone’s Ripples & Waves Sporting
6th South Bear Lake Blvd
Garden City, Utah 84028
Pugstone’s Ripples & Waves Sporting. Bear Lake Area Maps. Buy hunting and fishing licenses, fishing supplies, boating supplies, camping essentials, apparel & beach toys.
Phone: (435) 946-2855
(435) 757-9430

Elk Country Sports
407 Washington
Montpelier, Idaho 83254
Hunting and Fishing licenses and gear.
Phone: (208) 847-1200