June 17th,2017Fun time fishing the derby! Caught more lake trout than cutthroat! Next time I'll probably catch cutthroat during the lake trout derby! Always fun to fish this lake you never know what you might catch! Caught the lakers down deep.
Brandt Larsen - 06/17/17
Fishing Derby ReportTough derby with all of the debri that is out on the lake. Unexpectly the cutthroats that ended up being caught where the smallest I have ever seen caught on this lake. We had one come in at a little over 11 inches one that was not even entered that came in at 8 inches and three more that came in under 16 inches. The longest cutthroat trout came in at 24-1/2" with a 22-1/2" and two 21-1/2" trout coming in second and third.
Darin - 06/17/17
The weather of course was not permitting some anglers to stay out on the lake. Cutthroat trout were caught in several depths and marked in several depths with a few huge lake trout being caught.
There is still a lot of debris floating out in this lake and will be continuously for over a month. The water is coming in out of Mud Lake at 2300 CFS and is expected to continue to rise until the end of July. We should come in close to about 6 inches below full.
I wanted to think those sponsors who helped with the raffle and I will post most of that on social media for the recognition as well as those who have won the Derby. Thanks again for all of you that entered and came out to enjoy the fun time on Bear Lake and I look forward to our next fishing derby which will be on November 3-4th, 2017.
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CUTTHROAT SPAWN ENDINGThe cutthroat spawn was one of those years! The fast moving water and the huge influx of water made for water temps that pushed it a little cooler than the past several years. With that the spawn seemed to last a little longer than usual. The trout that have been caught have still been in several different depths and that will remain during the summer months as the water has already come up 10' from the previous year....10'??? Yes that is crazy but with that huge influx of water it has driven the water table into those rocky areas where we haven't seen it in 6 years! Back in 2011 it also came within 2-1/2' from full capacity and with that came a better fishery. It will take a couple of years to see the numbers go back up in regards to our trout numbers increasing but as you all know we really needed that to happen!
DARIN - 06/05/17
The lake trout are still out in some deep water. Also they have been caught in some shallow water as well. Why is that...well the suckers are still spawning but they are just about wrapped up. When this happens not only do the pelicans stick around and feed off of them but so do those bigger lake trout. As you read the previous reports to mine...and please do...you will find out that they have been caught in deep water and in suspended water as well. You will see that this will remain this way over the next week or so as well.
Those fisherman that have been trolling have seen an increase in their lines getting hung up on all of that floating debris that is out in the lake. That floating debris is two fold...first is comes from the water that is being pushed or drawn in from Mud Lake, Swan Creek, St Charles Creek (small and long arms), Big Creek and then off course the main source is from all of that, once was beach that we had along with those weed patches. These weeds are now being ripped from the sand and are now started to float around the lake. By majority they they are coming into shorelines and along the banks of the lake but you will find that these weeds will be hanging around out there for several more weeks. The worst thing about them would be the way that they hang up on your downrigger cable, fishing lines and your lures. Make sure you check your lures at least every 10 minutes making sure that you haven't got them hung up on your lures because obviously your won't catch fish like that!
The trout seem to be pretty healthy right now. Those female cutthroat that have just spawned out not so because they a little sick but everything else seems to be looking really good. Those lake trout that have been caught also seem to be healthy and that is due to the food source that they are having. The locations for catching the trout are in several areas and will be for the next couple of weeks. I would look for those rocky outcroppings or points to be a big draw for the trout. Also along the shorelines where the, once was beach areas are not covered up and the water is now into the rocks. I have seen several fisherman working along the south west side of the lake fishing from shore. I even rented out a kayak to a gentlemen that went out and caught himself a few trout and that was also where he was fishing as well. The south east side of the lake down by 1st point to the Pump House and then to South Eden would also be good for fisherman to try from shore as well. Obviously those with boats would find this to be a great point of interest as well.
The inlets are still going to produce fish but remember that they do not open up until the 2nd Saturday in July so make sure you stay 300' away from the waters edge or stay behind the bouys that are out in front of Swan Creek. The tributaries of St Charles and anything on the Idaho side open up on July 1st!
OK - I am still wanting to get that derby for the cutthroat trout up and running. I have been a little tentative in pushing this along because of the colder water temps and all of those weeds floating but I believe now is the time. I will be starting that derby on JUNE 16th-17th. Please share this with as many as you can and look at my Facebooks Pages as well for some more details. We will be doing cutthroat only with some drawings for some prices as well. Thanks for all of your patience and lets make this event a fund and entertaining one as well....remember that this tournament can only be fished on Utah Proper. You will be unable to fish across the state line if and when you enter this derby!
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Good luck to all of you fisherman out here. The fishing isn't going to be something where you come out and catch 12+ every time but the chances of your catching fish should be worth coming out and trying your luck. Bank fisherman, don't think that you don't have a chance because you do this year!
Keep me updated and informed on your fishing experiences. Post your report here and we can all benefit from it. Best of luck and keep your lines wet!
June 4th,2017Saturday June 3rd. My wife and I put the boat in the water for the first time this year. What a day for a ride. I had planned on trolling around for just a couple of hours just to make sure all equipment was working properly. We turned north out of the marina. We were marking fish at 60 feet right away but no luck. So we went closer to shore for a bit. Still no luck. I decided to head out deep and try. That's when things started to happen. 60 feet again, we hooked up this laker. Just shy of 35 inches, great fight. Once we got this hog back in the water we hit again, this time only about 30 feet down. A nice cutthroat 23 inches on that one. Unfortunately our time had ran out and we headed back. Both fish were caught on rapala the laker was a wierd bright blue one and the cut on a rainbow. 2.5 miles an hour.
Chris walley - 06/04/17
CutthroatFished the east side on May 13th. Started trolling with no luck between 40-60 feet down (no down riggers). Switched to bouncing the bottom with a white tube jig tipped with sucker meat. Caught this guy as we bounced bottom on the rocks drifting about 100 yards of the bank. This was the only fish landed this morning, though we did have another on trolling back.
Austin Rayfield - 05/26/17
Lake Trout ManiaWorking real hard trying to get this one to hand....what a day on Big Blue
Carl - 05/22/17
Influx of waterWell I haven't posted a report for sometime now because the water temps and the fishing hasn't been in the anglers favor. Now with the reports that were listed below mine it seems like we are starting to see some changes finally happening. The huge influx of water was making the water very difficult to troll with success. The cold weather temps also were not in our favor. Now with the water temps rising and the murky waters starting to subside the fishing will continue to pick up. I am not saying that the water is not coming into the lake because it will still rise another 3' within the next month but it isn't as murky now.
Darin - 05/21/17
The locations for best fishing haven't changed but don't forget in shallow can also be very good. Off of the Points are great and along the Edens as well. The suckers are spawning still so you may hook into a big lake trout in feeding off of them. Make sure you have an 8# test minimum while fishing from shore so that you don't lose a big linker. Also have a reel big enough to handle a large trout as well.
Color patterns are in several categories depending on your target trout. Chartreuse, yellow, red, orange, and silvers and golds are the choice for Cutthroat. Lake trout will be similar but I would move more towards blues and silvers and whites and yellows and blacks. Tip your tube jigs and don't worry if you don't have Cisco use sucker meat!
Best of luck!
I posted a report about doing a FISHING DERBY on my last posts. I didn't see too many that responded so if you read this please pass this along to other anglers who may be interested. I have moved the date again and I am shooting for June 16-17th. It will be a Cutthroat derby only and it will be a catch and release. Costs will be $35 for a single, $65 for a double and $100 for a foursome. This is a cash return derby so 1st place takes home 60%, 2nd Place takes home 30% and 3rd Place 10% of all money that is brought in. Fish will be measured by the quarter inch using a smart phone of either Verizon or AT&T because that is best service. You will need to register for this tourney and if we still have more availability you can register the day of the event. You can fish from a boat or from shore or a dingy or an SUP or canoe...it is your choice. Please pass this word around and let's get enough involved to make it huge money back return for all contestants.
May 20th,2017Trolled around Cisco today and boated 7 small cutts and one small laker. Perfect weather day! We even picked up a double trolling. 2.5 miles per hour was the magic speed and 6 of the 8 came in the 30 to 40 foot range on our stacker lines
Marvin spidle - 05/20/17
Lake Trout SuspenededSaturday 5/13 Was a good day.Caught this 15 lb Laker Suspended in 65 feet of water, trolling a kwik fish..
Josh Borg - 05/18/17
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Flyfishing Bear LakeThis is a Mac caught May 3 on a 6-wt flyrod in 25 ft water.
David Hawkins - 05/05/17