Bear Lake Sculpin / Cutthroat Spawn / Fishing DerbyWell guys it is about that time again when the endemic Bear Lake Sculpin come into the shallows for their annual spawn. This is a great time for anglers to do well along the shorelines. Whether or not you have side planners or cast into, or from shore it is that time of year again.
Darin - 04/11/18
The cutthroat trout are starting to color up and beginning the staging process before they come into spawn. I love this time of year when you can catch cutthroats and even lake trout that are coming in to shore to either feed or to spawn. The fishing techniques are endless, whether or not you have a boat or a pontoon, kayak, or canoe and even just casting from shore this is the time of year to do so.
We have several options that can be of your benefit while out on the lake. We are now renting out Pontoon paddle boats. Outcast has some amazing designs making it simple to get out on the water or to drift down the river we have them here for rent or to buy. They rent from $45 - $130 a day to rent them out so if you come up and want to get out in some other depths of water while either fly fishing, spin fishing or even long lining we will have what is needed to simplify your catch and release trips.
So as of APRIL 15th the mouth to Swan Creek and Big Creek will be CLOSED. This is to protect those cutthroats that will be coming in to spawn. Make sure that you stay 1,000 feet from the high water mark or behind the buoys if they have them out. Also remember that the inlets to Fish Haven and St Charles (small or long arm) are all closed as well, that area requires you to be 300 yards off of the high water mark as well. Respect that law so that it can help to preserve our fishery here on Bear Lake.
All cutthroat trout that have all fins intact must be immediately released back to the lake...even if you hook one in the gills and it is going to bleed out and die you still have to release them. If this does happen make sure to pop their air bladder so they can sink to the bottom of the lake and at least turning into something that can benefit the lake and the trout that are within it and not the birds of prey.
The best areas to fish from shore, boat, or pontoon, canoe, kayak are outside the Marina in Garden City...Cisco Beach...South Eden Camp Ground Area, 2nd and 1st Point, and then off of the north end of the lake near the North Beach where Mud Lake flows into Bear Lake and along the pier as well.
We have multiple gear, lures, spoons, flies, and other needed items while fishing this lake. Stop in and we can help you find the spot to fish and the gear that you will have the best luck using. If you troll you can use several spoons or lures that are essential for those who like trolling. We use YOZURI, LUHR JENSEN, ACME, COYOTE, LIVE TARGET, YAKIMA along with several others. Use the ones that you can troll with variable speed limits and ones that have great fast and erratic action. This will will help to catch those trout that are not necessarily out to be feeding but just can't pass up your lure because of their nature.
Those who jig we have all sorts of different and specialty colored and built tubes. We also have what is called a double hook jig which will increase your odds by 50% to those that usually get a way. We use tubes that are around 6" long with an 1" diameter. They are proven to be the best catch rate tubes on the market.
For those that are fishing from shore or by a non motorized craft we have all sorts of spoons and spinners that will be the go too. Blue Fox, Krocodile, Kastmaster, Dare Devil and several others are the go too. If you are fly fishing look no further because we have some of those irresistible flies that you can't leave behind. They range in color and style and patterns. Stop by and check those out as well.
We also have a fishing derby that is coming up and starting on May 4 and running through May 12th. This is a catch and release derby that is a 100% CASH BACK derby. 1st Place takes 60% of the cash and 30% goes to 2nd and 10% goes to 3rd place overall. We also have an additional derby prize that goes to those that enter. It is for the largest Lake Trout. The prize back on this starts with a CAMP CHEF SMOKER! 2nd Place comes in with a 50L CALCUTTA COOLER and 3rd Place take home a $80 Bear Trapper and Bear Lake Pizza Gift Certificate.
Lets help make this a big enough derby that it can bring some big money back to those top 3 biggest fisherman :)
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March 11th,2018Fished Saturday 3/10/18 In 60' to 75' or water. Caught 12 fish vertical jigging both Cuts and Lakers. Largest was 15 lbs. Sent them all back so we can catch them again next week. A little windy in the morning but a nice sunny afternoon.
Brent - 03/11/18
***FISHING IS GETTING HOT***Well the low has officially left us and the high has come in and is making it so that the fish are not only hitting but hitting very aggressively. This is the time of year when it is time to come out and get your jig or lure wet and start hooking up on some of these beautiful, unique, and large trout!
Darin - 03/06/18
The areas of attack:
2nd Point: 50-80'
Gus Rich Point: 80-110'
Cisco Beach/Rainbow Cove: 50-80'
Swan Creek: 30-65'
With all of the snow that was forecast we received none of it. However with temps still ranging in the low 20's in the mornings and mid 30's in the afternoon it is still important to bring sand or ice melt of some sort so that you can guarantee yourself not getting stuck on ice that can form after boats go in and out of the launch ramp areas.
I have been working on some great tube jigs that are custom and I have found them to be very reliable. The double hook jigs have also been a huge benefit for all anglers all around the country as well. I now have the ability to make sure your tube colors last longer as well with some gel that I use and can help you with your lures so you can keep not only the color but to keep them so they don't start peeling off. Let me know what you want and we can make it for you.
For those of you not vertical jigging but trolling we have some other new items coming in and also some that we have in stock. My website should be up and running by the weekend and so you can go there and see all of the new items and we will upload site each week as more of our product comes in.
Cisco Scent looks to be completed by the end of this week so I should have it by the 14-15th of March or next week. That will also be available to order on my site and when you do buy anything from my online store you get free shipping on orders over $35.
Best of luck anglers and as always we are closed on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday but don't let that not reach out to me if I am not going to be open because if I am around I will open up the doors and help as I am able to do so.
Fish On ;)
Bear Lake WhitefishWell the Bear Lake whitefish have all but wrapped up their annual spawn. It was some tremendous fishing for those that were able to make it up and out on Bear Lake. Don't think that the fishing is over though because the fishing will continue to produce some wonderful trout fishing. In the shallows you will still locate some of the Bonneville whitefish, along the weed beds and off of the rocky areas, but the trout will be in several different depths and locations.
Darin - 03/03/18
Access to the lake is best off of the State Marina, 1st Point, and Rainbow Cove. When you come up don't worry about snow accumulations because as of today we have received all of 1/2" of snow. However make sure that you always bring some a bucket of sand or snow melt (ice melt) so that you can guarantee yourself getting in and off of the lake without any huge hiccups.
The Cisco Beach area has been producing some nice fishing for both cutthroat and lake trout. Depths should be from 30-40' and then out deeper from 55-70'. Jigging large tube jigs tipped with some Cisco, sucker, and of course Cisco Scent have been the best practices for best fishing success.
2nd Point has also been producing some great cutthroat fishing in and around 50-80'. Just south of 2nd Point is a little area that has been a nice little sleeper. When you are fishing always look to line up some points of interest like canyons, whether or not they are large or small, because that is where I have always had my best success.
The Pump House has been really good fishing as well. For the large lake trout you need to be in deep waters around 70-85' and for the cutthroats from 26-50'.
Rainbow Cove is another area that isn't fished enough so don't let that be a spot that you don't try some fishing out in depths of 65-75'. I usually fish it from the boat ramp south about 1/4 mile and then back to the edge of North Eden. Mark the fish and then seek to destroy!
I just wanted to thank you all again for your wonderful business. All of my lures are rolling in this time of year so if you are interested in the "new" lure design and ideas swing by and we will set you up. As always please refer your friends to our pages and 'HOPEFULLY' in the next week we will have our new online webpage up and running and I will let you all know when that goes live. It is simple for us to send them in the mail to your home so don't let it being that you cannot get up here to order because we are going to have that all worked out :)
Bear Lake BLUEWell the cisco run was a bust this year for most shore anglers. It is weird to see it like that however look at this weather pattern, look at this so called winter, and look at the storms that are hitting our east coast and totally missing us...granted that is no excuse why our cisco decided to not show up in any numbers at all of of Cisco Beach but either way we will always shoot for a better success next year...both cisco run as well as winter!
Darin - 02/09/18
The boat launches are available anywhere. The only downfall to that is the trout bite has slowed down significantly. That is what always happens after the cisco rage but the positive would be they will get hungry by nest week.
The Bear Lake whitefish are getting ready to start to make their annual spawn so that will increase the trout fishing along with our other Bonneville whitefish in eating the eggs of our smaller genus the Bear Lake whitefish.
I just got in some spectacular tubes in for those that love to vertical jig. Stop by so I can show you some amazing tubes that will not only be great for our area but several others as well. Our online store is almost up and running so when that does go live I will link that to this as well so you can place your orders and we will mail them out to you.
Best of luck and please take the time to send me your updates so we can keep everyone in the loop and so everyone can enjoy this beautiful BLUE Bear Lake!
NEW Cisco UpdateWell nothing has changed over the past couple of days. We are not seeing any cisco off of Cisco Beach but we did manage to see a couple off of 1st Point. I think that was just a fluke. Either way it may just not happen this year and those cisco may just be spawning in new areas or out in deeper waters...I can't predict what is going on but I can predict that the Cisco run will still be going on throughout the weekend but it is best by using a boat to vertical jig them.
Darin - 02/01/18
Best of luck and I will keep you all updated!
Cisco Spawning BedsOK - The cisco still haven't shown a presence on the Cisco Beach / EAST side of the lake as of yet. We couldn't find them off of the points either. With that being said it could work out for a benefit for those of you that cannot come up until the weekend, because perhaps they will be in on the Cisco Beach area throughout before then and into the weekend as well.
Darin - 01/29/18
I go back to what I have seen over the past 30 years of me remembering what the timing was for the little fish to come into spawn. Typically I would start to see them show up on the Rock Pile and when they started to hit a peak point that was when we would first see them show up off of the State Marina. They would be then show up at the Marina for about 3 days and then they would disappear and then show up off of Cisco Beach. It is somewhat cyclic in the nature of it but it seems to be following that trend again this year. We are starting to see the cisco showing up along the west side of the lake from Spinnaker Point to the Rest Area out off of the wed beds, out off of the Pump House and the Points but not onto the shoreline in those areas. This isn't anything new, they have always done this as well.
The only downfall of having our water level as high, and even higher than we have ever seen, is we have so much structure that the areas for spawning are endless. However, like even human beings, the fish get stuck in a rhythm or a routine and they will continue to go back to the same place to spawn as they have done for years on end. Don't get to down on the idea that they are not in off of the Cisco Beach area right now because I have only heard of one time back in the mid 70's when they didn't end up along the Cisco Beach area however, they where found off of the Scout Camp and the Points that year.
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WHY THE LAKE WON'T FREEZE AND WHERE ARE THE CISCO?Bear Lake is always full of surprises. Just when you think you have figured it out, it changes. Folks that have lived here for over 30 years have always expected the lake to freeze four out of five years. In those days, we suffered through winds and temperatures down to -20F all winter long. In the past few years, things have changed. The frequency of the Lake freezing has declined, obviously because of weather and lake elevation fluctuations. Visualize Bear Lake as container of water in a freezer. At a constant temperature, the container with less water will freeze quicker. As the temperature of the freezer climbs, the slower the water freezes.
Bryce Nielson - 01/29/18
There are two types of water that comes into the Lake. The consistent flow from tributaries and springs that come in at an average of 45F. When the Bear River is diverted into the Lake through Mud Lake the temperature of the inflow water is considerably higher. This water comes in and floats on the cold water in the Lake. Add the increased heating from the warm summers and in the end, it all mixes together to make the entire Lake warmer. For the Lake to freeze, the outside air temperature needs be cold for a long period of time. The weather has been moderate in December and January, and we will have more cold temperatures in the future but not enough to freeze the Lake. We have also not seen the valley full of fog which precedes freezing.
PacifiCorp is keeping the elevation of the Lake higher than normal for future changes in operation.
In fact, I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t recall the Lake being this high in January in the past 40+ years. This along with the warmer water temperatures have impacted the spawning time for cisco. Presently there is twice the normal spawning area due to lake elevations. Spawning fish are not limited to Cisco Beach but can also use other rocky substrates (marinas and shorelines). Fishermen have been successful jigging them off the Rockpile albeit later than normal. Fishermen did start netting cisco off the State Marina Sunday morning. There is no reason to worry about the cisco population being low. DWR monitors the population every summer and there are still millions of them. The Bonneville cisco are spawning but you just canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t see them.
CISCO UPDATEIf you go to our social media pages we keep those more up to date. However in the mean time just realize that the Cisco are NOT in to the shoreline yet. I can't say when they will but I will assume we will see some by Saturday but they will not peak until middle of next week. Hopefully that helps you all out and sorry that I didn't get your post AMBER until just about an hour ago.
Darin - 01/25/18
January 25th,2018Good Morning!!
Amber Clark - 01/25/18
Can you give me a cisco update please. I know there are a bunch of us getting antsy to do some netting.