Anglers come from miles around to enjoy the various fishing opportunities found in the Bear Lake valley.
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).
BEST TIME FOR LAKE TROUT SEPTEMBER 20TH – NOVEMBER 7TH
There are four endemic fish species in Bear Lake: Bonneville cisco (Prosopium gemmifer), Bonneville whitefish (Prosopium spilonotus), Bear Lake whitefish (Prosopium abyssicola), and 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. 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.
If fly fishing is your game then the nearby Logan river located in Logan Canyon is great for fly fishing. There are many other small lakes and streams in the area as well.
BEST TIMES TO FISH IN BEAR LAKE
- CISCO JANUARY 7TH – FEBRUARY 10TH
- BEAR LAKE WHITEFISH FEBRUARY 27TH – MARCH 20TH
- BEAR LAKE SCULPIN APRIL 1ST – 10TH
- BEAR LAKE CUTTHROAT (WHICH IS NO LONGER LISTED AS AN ENDEMIC SPECIES). APRIL 1ST – JUNE 15TH BECAUSE OF THE COLORATIONS DURING THE SPAWNING SEASON
- BONNEVILLE WHITEFISH – NOV 26TH – DEC 15TH DURING THE SPAWN. THEY CAN ALSO BE CAUGHT UNTIL AROUND MARCH 15TH
To review the updated regulations for fishing Bear Lake please consult the Utah Fishing Guidebook