Bear Lake Fishing Guide

Bear Lake (also known as the "Caribbean of the Rockies") is a natural 70,000 acre lake freshwater brilliant blue water 20 mile lake with 80 miles of shoreline, 8 miles wide, 94' average depth and a max depth of 208' that's nestled high in the Rocky Mountains on the Idaho–Utah border that is split about equally between the two states at an elevation of 5,923 feet.

Bear Lake offers great fishing for Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout (Mackinaw), Bear River Cutthroat Trout, Bonneville Cisco, Bonneville Whitefish, Bear Lake Whitefish and Bear Lake sculpin and Carp.

Best fishing baits includes: Jigging, float tubes, dunk worms, cast lures and float artificial flies. Use downriggers between 50 and 100 feet to catch Lake Trout & Cutthroat.

Bear Lake Trolling: Toll Rainbow, the Bear Lake Marina and Cisco Beach. Use downriggers between 50 and 100 feet with large spoons and Rapalas

Shorline Fishing: Try fishing at the Bear Lake State Park Marina and along the east shore of the lake near Cisco Beach.

One of the best areas to ice fish on Bear Lake is at the Montpelier Reservoir that is only minutes east of Montpelier, Idaho, where the Rainbow Trout are the main attraction because of how active they are.

Bear Lake Catch Limits

  • Daily limit of two trout
  • Cutthroat with all their fins intact must be released

Bear Lake Marinas

  • Bear Lake State Park Marina
    940 North Bear Lake Boulevard, Garden City, Utah 84028
    Amenities: Boat ramp, Marina, Rest rooms, concessions, boat rentals, gas, food and more.

Directions to Bear Lakes