Scott Tolentino, Bear Lake Project Leader for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, sent in this report.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Bear Lake Fishing Report:
Fishing on Bear Lake has been fair for cutthroat trout and lake trout. Try trolling or jigging for cutthroat and lake trout in water depths of 20-60 feet. Use large minnow-type lures in 4-7” lengths or flatfish in the U-20-M2 sizes trolled from downriggers. When jigging, use whole cisco or jigs tipped with cisco. Once cutthroat run up the tributary streams to spawn and return to the lake, they begin to feed heavily and the fishing should pick up as the spawning season progresses. Some anglers are also catching cutthroat trout casting off the Utah State Park marina dikes in the early mornings.
Fishing has been good for rainbows. You can drive up to the reservoir, but you may need four wheel drive if its raining. Use small spinners or flys such as wooly buggers and bead-headed nymphs. Also worm and powerbait have been working.