October 11th,2016We fished Bear Lake for 3 solid days, from dawn until dusk Friday, Saturday and Monday and we caught a total of 2 fish. One native 4lb. cut and a mackinaw about the same size. We tried trolling for most of the time and then tried jigging. Fish were certainly stacked up, but they absolutely would not bite ANYTHING. There were good number of fish up North by mud lake, and quite a few just south west of the marina, but nothing, and I mean nothing worked to get a hit.
Justin - 10/11/16
We used over 200 different types of lures and baits and the only thing we caught our 2 fish was a jointed silver and black rapala. Both fish were caught at about the 40 foot mark in about 110-120 feet of water just south of the Marina on the way down to gus rich point. We fished different 8 spots on the lake, including the East side from First Point up to Mud lake and got absolutely nothing for our efforts.
SPAWNING UPDATES:OK - things have been a little over the top, not on a good end, for the month of September. Earlier in the month it was OK but it wasn't ever what it typically has been in the past. Right now I have been telling people that the lake trout have not started to stage however I must be seeing something with a blind eye. My belief is that the lake trout are staging to spawn and that has been the reason for the inconsistency of us catching them. With that being said it is totally backwards from years past because the depths that we are finding them in are first not in the correct locations and the depths are also off. Usually they are feeding in the depths that we are finding them in (70-90') but typically they are staging off of the Marina and South Eden areas in around 60' of water. Now we have these fish stacked in behind my shop all the way to the marina in depths of 70'-90' and that isn't correct. Anyway we will have to see what becomes of it but I would start casting from shore off of the marina, North Beach, and Cisco Beach. Use lures like Blue Fox Spinners, KO Wobblers, Kamloopers in a variety of sizes and colors. I have them here if you need.
DARIN - 10/08/16
If you are trolling I would use side planners and these types of lures along with several other styles like Flat Fish, Hog Nose, Mag Lip, Yozuri, Live Target, and Rapalas. Don't forget that you can also start to use the same lures that are used while casting from shore. I like a little bit of reds, and oranges to help upset those trout that are wanting to spawn as well as silvers, blues, greens etc.
I will be only open on Friday and Saturdays going forward. Please touch base with me if you need something in the meantime and if I am in the valley and not out hunting I will come and lend a hand.
Best of luck and please everyone start reporting your pictures of the trout you catch and your success's on this report so that we all have an idea how everyone else is doing.
Thanks again for your business! If it wasn't for you I wouldn't have been able to last for the past 16 years!
October 7th,2016Fished from the marina to Gus rich point. Marked lots of fish from 70' to 85'. Trolled back and forth for hours. We had no luck today. The fish were there but they did not want to bite our stuff. We tried different speeds and changed lures. Seems like the fishing is patterned by the weather changes.
Gregory - 10/07/16
Fishing Bear LakeFished yesterday for 5 hours before having to leave for an appointment in WY. Not a ripple on the lake the entire time, beautiful sunshine, not another boat in sight, it was amazing!! After plotting fish stacked in thick in a couple of close locations, we came back through the area with lines down and doubled on our first pass. Picked up a lot of fish really high up in the water column which was unusual, if fact we landed one while running a lure accidentally on the surface. Cutthroats and lake trout ranged between 2.5 and 24 pounds; however landed 6 cuts over the 5 pound mark, and caught 3 with tags! All but 2 of the cuts we caught were natives. Managed 7 lake trout but most were smaller pups under 10 pounds. Boated 3 females that were obviously carrying eggs, one was however a very nice and healthy 34.5 inch that was heavy with the next generation of next years' offspring. Can't wait to get back up there again in October when the fishing really starts to get good!
A Fishing Enthusiast - 09/29/16
Fishing Derby ReportWell thanks to the 9 groups that came out and did the fishing contest! The weather didn't help anything out with that low pressure that came onto them so the fishing was very very difficult. We only ended up with 3 lake trout landed the entire day. I wish I had more of a positive approach but I was just as sickened by this as were the fisherman. Anyway I am glad no one got injured or hurt in any way and that even with the tough fishing conditions everyone was able to go out and enjoy the beautiful water!
Darin - 09/26/16
The contestant that took home the money:
1st Place - 30-1/2" long______Price Money $410.00
2nd Place - 26-1/2" long______Price Money $207.00
3rd Place - 19" long ______Price Money $69.00
I won't mention names because I haven't asked to make it public even though my contract that they all signed would allow me to do so. Once again thanks to all of you that participated and I hope that next contest will be a better fishing day!
I tried to upload all of the fish from the contest but it wouldn't load all of them. I will have the I.T. guys work on this to fix this problem and get them all loaded in. SORRY :(
FISHING DERBY THIS SATURDAYOK - we are in the last stretch before the lake trout tourney. The stakes are great but we do need more to get on the boat and get entered! The fishing has been so so for most anglers. The water temps have kept things a little slower than normal so it won't be a super fast beat with catching a lot of trout but the catching will be the ticket. Most anglers are still trolling and are doing ok but I am not getting unusual numbers of trout being caught. I hope this with that super low that is moving in this weekend that it may help the system but only time will tell.
Darin - 09/19/16
Best areas are still off of Cisco Beach towards South Eden in depths from 65-85'. Gus Rich Point/Rock Pile/Spinnaker Point areas are also very good with depths same as above. Out in front of the Marina we have been marking a lot of fish so don't take that for granted and going both north and south at least 1 mile.
The lake trout fishing didn't pick up on the last weeks of August this year so we are all in a wonder on what is going on but the only thing I can come up with for the past couple of weeks is the water being too warm and the full moon this past week and most of this week won't help either.
Please take the time to write in your fishing excursions so I can have a better data. I don't get out as much as I would like because I am always here at my shop so the more info we can get out the better it is for all of those that come from afar to try your luck on this wonderful body of water.
Enjoy the week...CYA SATURDAY
Entries still able up to 11am on Saturday. Derby will last until 6pm and then I will get the money cut for the winners. Remember that you will need something that can take a picture and then have that sent to my mobile device so I can keep up with the derby during the course of the day.
Please pass around this info so we can get a big turn out. Remember that I don't make any of the money. It is not for that reason why I do this so please share all of this information and lets push to get a great turnout.
FISHING DERBYOK guys and gals it is that time of the year when we are going to get our LAKE TROUT FISHING under way. I am limiting it to only Lake Trout this year so that more funds will be generated so that those who take the prices they can be substantial. I will post more of this data on my Facebook page as well but in the meantime please help push this along by sending out this with those larger followed sites and social media posts. It is also important to note that no money is generated that you as anglers don't get back. I don't make money on holding this event. The fishing for these lake trout is just starting to get good. I was going to have this derby on Sept 17th but with the warmer than usual water temps I moved it back to the 24th. I hope that it will be perfect timing.
Darin - 09/09/16
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UDWR REPORTUDWR Bear Lake Fishing Report:
Scot Tolentino UDWR - 08/31/16
Surface water temperature is about 68oF. Launching is available at the Utah State Park marina, First Point, Cisco Beach and Rainbow Cove boat ramps. Fishing has started to improve already compared to the last few weeks and has been good for Cutthroat Trout and Lake Trout.
Trolling has been the best method and anglers are using rapala-type lures, spoons or squids behind dodgers, and flatfish. Good spots have been off the west side of the lake in the area around Gus Rich Point/Rockpile and also along Cisco Beach. Try starting at depths from 70-90ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ right on bottom, but recent netting has showed good numbers of both Lake Trout and Cutthroat Trout out to 120ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢. Be sure to watch your sonar for suspended fish too. Good speeds to try are from 1.5-2.5 mph, depending on the lures you are using. As the water continues to cool this fall, the fishing should only continue to improve.
Please remember, all Cutthroat Trout that are caught and donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t have a healed fin clip must be released. Large Lake Trout are not very good eating and take a long time to reach large sizes, and while they are legal to keep, many anglers are encouraging other anglers to release them.
Garden City Community Fishery Pond
Fishing for Rainbow Trout has been excellent. The best success has been in the mornings and evenings, but fish can be caught all day long. The best luck by far has come on flies behind a bubble or fishing with fly rods. Medium sized wooly buggers are working well in black, green and brown. You can also use small dry flies and do well too. If you prefer bait, try fishing with a small piece of worm under a bobber. The pond is full at this time.
Laketown Reservoir has fair fishing for both Rainbow Trout and a few Cutthroat Trout. Weeds are sometimes an issue, but fishing with flies behind a bubble has been working the best. You can also try casting small spinners tipped with a worm or meal worm. A 4 wheel drive is recommended to access this reservoir since the road is rough.
Monster Lake TroutFishing always gets hot as temperatures cool down in the fall, school goes back in session, the leaves change and the lake is quiet... I have said for years, especially in the years I guided on bear lake, there is no better time than Aug/Sept for big lake trout, Darin knows exactly how we fish and what we fished with and can line your group right out...he truly was the one who talked me into guiding some years ago and I owe a lot to him.
Travis - 08/28/16
This last weekend, turned out to be pretty special, over the years I have saw some fish we assumed were around 30 pounds come unbuttoned, we lost one in the ice I know was about this size, and I had a client lose one that I still think was bigger than this fish at the boat, but my wife and I were finally able to land this guy and put to rest a long term belief we had and get some true numbers of a giant ...
40" Length 25.25" Girth
August 29th,2016Fished all over the lake looking for fish to jig on only ended up with 2 macs a 10 and 7 tough day
Clay - 08/29/16