First time in Bear Lake - #bearkakeCaught within 15 minutes of going on the water. Darin at Pugstones hooked me up with a rod,rig and guidance on what spot to hit and how to attack. Great coaching!
Rich - 06/20/16
Fishing is HOTGood day 3 Macs in 60' trolling flat fish biggest on 12lbs
TJ JOHNSON - 06/20/16
Monster Lake TroutWell, If you are only going to catch one fish all morning this is the one to catch!
Chris Laub - 06/13/16
He hit a Needle Fish being trolled at 2.0 MPH, suspended at about 75 feet. He was 32" long and had a girth of 19.5". I wish I knew what was making that belly so fat!
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June 8th,2016Off the surface 50 yards behind the boat, broken rapalas 2.5 mies and hour
Rick Bywater - 06/08/16
June 8th,2016fishing the 90 - 100 feet deep using darker colored broken rapalas with cisco scent on the downrigger balls and the lures, pugstones has both the lures and the scent we have been using
Rick Bywater - 06/08/16
Early Fathers Day RetreatThis past week has been excellent fishing out on the big blue, lots of macs between 90 and 100 feet deep right on the bottom, times have been 2 to 3 pm and right at sunset, also been doing well with cutthroat of the surface out in the same depths. Stop and see Darin at Pugstones he has the lures that I have been using in his shop and as always he is eager to help anyone out with fishing information for bear lake and the surrounding areas Good luck and happy fishing!
Rick Bywater - 06/08/16
Bear Lake Cutthroat Spawn EndingThe cutthroat spawn is all but over. Go find those trout that are now feeding!
Darin Pugmire - 06/07/16
Well lots of fishing still happening and rightfully so. Fishing has been good especially for those that have fished on the lake before. Some others that are just starting to fish this lake haven't done as well. This is usually the case with most of the first goers on this lake. Don't get too upset just take more time and it will catch up with you.
The fishing on this lake has been pretty good. The depths are critical but it depends on the fish. It is best when you can find them on your sonar and then target them. Those fish that are suspended are very difficult to spot so don't get hung up on those, just fish the top water while your looking for Those bigger fish that are along the bottom or in that 55` zone area.
The best depths on this lake are:
- top water...trolling 300` behind your boat with your lure of choice only going down 5-10` down.
- the thermocline which is in the 20-30` area. Also making sure you are trolling 200` behind the boat.
- when in depths of 70+...making sure you are 80' behind the boat, fish in that suspended column of 55`
- 5` off of the bottom. This is critical so your fish are willing to come up and hit your lure as it passes by. Making sure you are a minimum of 80' behind the boat.
Now speed is the next important part of effeciency.
- 2.5-3mph when your using Rapala & Apex style lures. They cannot be trolled faster than this without getting wound up.
- 2.5-4mph when using spoons, spinners, Live Target, Mag Lips and other types of lures that will allow this. If in question just try your lure with it in sight and select your speed and watch the actions. You are after eratic actions for having consistency with catching trout.
Next is scent
- Cisco Scent is a wonderful benefit for being successful. If you don't want to come and buy some then at least pick up some anise and smelt scent. I also have 18% anise Cisco Scent for those that love that anise scent.
- North and South of State Marina 1-2 miles each way.
- Gus Rich Point and South towards Rest Area
- Out in front and between 1st and 2nd Point
- Aquatic Camp North towards South Eden
- Rainbow Cove and south over Cisco Beach up to South Eden
These depths are the ones to always be looking at and then, when out deeper than 40', use your sonar to find those trout. They will be suspended as well as on the bottom in small groups not super large groups.
Lots of info and maybe you say too vague but really it isn't vague, just go out and put in your time with these pointers and you will catch trout.
Please continue to post your reports or just your photos when fishing out here. It is very simple and myself, and the other fisherman, would greatly appreciate it.
My store hours are Monday-Thursday 9am-7pm and Friday-Saturdays from 8am-8pm.
Stop by and I will help you out with all of the questions that you may have.
Be inventive and use things that seem like you could catch nothing on them because usually, with the right color pattern, you will find success.
Bear Lake Top Water FishingWe started out fishing by the rock pile but lightning pushed us over to the state marina this morning caught 4 cutthroat in about an hour from 8am to 9am largest was about 25". Caught trolling in about 30-50' of water between the marina and swan Creek. One closer to the surface 10-15' and the others 20'ish. Lures were yellow/blue, white with red spots(caught the most) and a pink/green one.
Nate Smoot - 06/06/16
Fishing Report 5/28/2016We fished around the state marina on Saturday May 28th, we caught 2 macks the first one was 15# 35" trolling spoons 2.25 mph blue and silver and the 2nd one 8# on green and silver, we also caught 6 native cuts the largest was 6# 25 1/2 " all fish were released and were caught from the surface to 50' most in the 45 to 50 foot range, it was a great day to be on the water
Scott Wilkinson - 05/31/16
FISHING FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKENDWell the fishing derby went well for those that stuck it out and fought off wind and rain. Some didn't have as much success as others but that is usually depends on the amount of time you fish Bear Lake. All in all the winning went well for some and not so well for others. Thanks for all of you that made it out and enjoyed this little derby and mark your calendars because I am going to do some sponsored derby this fall the weekend after Labor Day. I will keep everyone updated as we get closer.
DARIN - 05/26/16
Fishing on the lake has still continued to be good. The best fishing is still earlier in the morning, for most parts. From 7am-10am and then a small window before it picks back up again. I would make sure to stick around because a lot of times with the colder temps and the rain that we have been getting the fishing would stay fishable until around 5pm.
Fishing close to shore still has been the best scenario. Depths are all across the board but stay in shallow for best fishing. If you have side planners your catching trout will increase. Either way though the ticket is making sure that you are way being the boat. I say at least 100' in depths of 30' and deeper and then 200' when you are above that mark. When using planner boards just make sure you have 80-100' behind your board and you will find 99% better fishing.
Colors patterns are also critical and speeds and scents. I can set you up with what you will need so stop by and I will gear you up for a wonderful weekend on Bear Lake. Look for Apex, HotSpots, Live Target, Rapalas, Luhr Jensen, along with several different spinners and spoons.
Shore fisherman would also be a perfect chance to catch some big fish. Remember you won't catch a huge number of trout on this lake but they will be large!
All cutthroat with all fins in tact must be immediately release back to the water. Even if you gill one and it looks as if it will bleed out, it still has to be released. If it won't go down I would pop the air sack, if you know what you are looking for, and let the fishing make its ways back to the deep water.
Thanks again and a huge shout-out to all of your Veterans and all of those that have passed before us. Lets help make those that are on the other side proud of us by doing what is required to protect our freedoms as well as our beautiful valley!
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