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Bear Lake fishing report - remember rules for releasing cutthroat trout with intact fins

Scott Tolentino with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources' Bear Lake Project sent in this report.

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Bear Lake Fishing Report:

Boats can be launched and the Utah State Park Marina, 1st Point, Cisco Beach, and Rainbow Cove boat ramps. Surface water temperature is 69F. Anglers are catching a few cutthroat trout and lake trout while trolling along the east side along the Cisco Beach area north to the state line. Try using flatfish and Rapalas and fishing in anywhere from 50-90 feet of water using downriggers. Remember, in order to keep a cutthroat trout from Bear Lake it must have a healed fin clip (usually the adipose fin). Cutthroat trout with all fins intact have to be released

Garden City Community Fishery Pond

Pond is full and was stocked with rainbow trout prior to the Pioneer Day so fishing should be excellent. Try small spoons and spinners during the day time and try a wooly bugger behind a bubble or dry flies on the surface in the morning and evenings. Powerbait and worms will always work too.

Laketown Reservoir

Pond level is lower but stable. There is a lot of moss (filamentous algae) which makes fishing difficult, however some anglers are catching a few rainbow trout using worms or flies.

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