January 21st,2018I saw no Cisco activity along the Cisco Beach area from the south entrance to the main entrance from the 17th morning thru the 19th late afternoon. The waves on Friday the 19th were big enough one could have surfed. ;o)
Gene Atkins - 01/21/18
I used several Kastmasters & with other lures too.I had no strikes but one mediocre size Laker followed my green & stainless Kastmaster up to the boat dock on the south end of Cisco Beach.
That's why its called fishing...not catching.
NEW CISCO UPDATEWe are still not seeing nor catching many cisco at all. If you are wanting to catch a limit from your boat the earliest will be Saturday and that may be too early as well. I will update as I see more action!
Darin - 01/17/18
Also we are not seeing any changed to the lake but the temps are starting to get cooler at night so regardless when you do come to Bear Lake this time of year to fish with your boat I recommend bring a bucket of sand or snow melt just in case!
Cisco UpdateWell we did not get a good report back from anglers fishing from boats this weekend who where after Cisco. We should start to see the odds pick up and anglers start to catch Cisco in more numbers around the middle of this week. We will for sure be catching them from boat by Saturday. As for anglers from the shoreline we will not even come close to seeing them until the middle of next week. I hope that changes and I will keep you updated as we start seeing the changes take place.
Darin - 01/15/18
Cisco nets are arriving Tuesday so come Wednesday stop in or call in to purchase yours. We wil only have 18 of the 12 foot and 6 of the 8 foot. If you want you can reserve them just give us a call and we willl make it happen.
Keep me updated so I can update the rest of the followers.
While jogging up some Cisco and some whitefish you also have the chance of catching one of these endemic sculpin as well! Love these crazy looking bullheads...the blue eyes are what sets them apart the most!
CISCO REPORT HOTLINE :)Well guys and gals I am sorry that I haven't been able to keep up with the fishing reports. I am in the buying mode now and sometimes I get backlogged and I don't priorities. With that being said here is your fishing report!
Darin - 01/04/18
I have posted a couple of things on social media but mostly small amounts. The one questions I asked was when did the cisco used to show up? Well from as far back as I could remember until around 2006 the cisco used to come into the shallow waters to spawn around January 15th. Since around 2007-2010 area the tide has shifted and so our cisco now so not show up until around the January 24th into the shorelines for all of us to start dipping for those little creatures that we either eat, give away, or use for bait. It is so much fun fishing for these small fish but it does take some time and some help from mother nature to make it a good year for the shoreline fisherman/women. We are all eagerly waiting for this big run and for good reason.
My deluxe cisco nets have just shipped today so I will have them for next week which is perfect timing. I will only have a small amount this year unlike previous years so if you are after them please stop in and pick them up before they are gone. I was only able to bring in 20 of the 12' and 8 of the 8' extendable custom built nets. My manufacturer had some issue with the aluminum hexagon handles not arriving so we will all have to improvise this year! Your handles won't damage but sometime your will ruining your nets but won't worry because I have brought in some nets as replacements if you happen to need them.
OK - the annual Cisco Disco will be coming in on January 27th with some fun things going on during that time. The Polar Plunge and "Largest Cisco" along with a variety of other activities you can enjoy. Go to www.bearlake.org to find more information about this event and of course always follow us on social media as we will keep those up to date as well.
The cisco will start coming into the deeper areas of the lake where they can be caught by boat while vertically jigging. This should happen around January 12-15th off of areas such as the Rock Pile, Pump House, and Cisco Beach. The depths will be around 40-50' off of Rock Pile and 18-32'off of Pump House. Cisco Beach area should start showing up around 20-50' of water. Best technique is to use a nice Kastmaster in sizes ranging from 1/2oz-2oz in colors of silver, gold, copper, blue, green and a mixture of those as well. Feel for those little fish pumping into your line and that is how you will be able to snag them. Even thought these are listed as a game fish you are still able to keep them if they are snagged, or foul hooked. Limit is 30 per day but you can catch and keep more just make sure you don't take home more than 30 per day per fisherman/women.
OK...when these little critters start coming into spawn the fishing gets HOT! After they peak it will slow down drastically because of the over abundance of cisco that you are trying to compete with. With that being said if you are after the best fishing times it will start this weekend and go through about January 23rd. After that time, it will start to slow down depending on when they cisco startto peak. I am going on statistics and so that is where I am coming up with these dates...don't hate me if I mess this up for 2018 season ;)
When you are fishing for the trout I would move to vertical jig for best success. Use tube jigs tipped with cisco or sucker meat or night-crawlers. Sizes from 4"-7" with a variety of colors. Kastmasters will also be a great way of going as well. It is also not uncommon to start catching your Bonneville whitefish that are following them in feeding on the cisco eggs as well as the cisco themselves. With that uses smaller sized tube jig or lure around 2"-4" max.
Thanks again to all of you devoted fisherman that come up to Bear Lake and are doing what needs to be done to help to improve this fishery. Please remember that all cutthroat trout with all fins intact must be immediately released back to the lake. If you catch one and it ends up in the gills and it is going to bleed out please don't let it stay on the top water but help it go to the bottom by popping the bladder so it can do so. It is much better for them to become trout and crawfish good than it is seagulls, hawks and eagles. They can do that on their own.
If you have any further questions please just let me know and I will help you out. I am available each day besides Sundays and if it is after 6pm I won't usually get back to you until the next day.
Happy New Years everyone and lets..."Lets go fishing"
Whoever mentions this post and purchases a new Cisco net, you will receive a new Bonneville Cisco scent that will be coming in around March...update me when you come in to buy and I will put you on the list for a free super scent!
Regulations on Whitefish / Cutthroat Fishing Derby"Pugstones Sporting" Bonneville Whitefish Contest (Dec 1-9)
Darin - 12/01/17
This is a 9 day, catch and keep (Bonneville whitefish) contest for the heaviest whitefish with the option of adding the longest Bear Lake Cutthroat. Anglers will be able to register for the whitefish derby and if you are registered for the whitefish derby you can all enter for the cutthroat derby as well.
- Bonneville whitefish "catch and keep"
- Cutthroat trout -"catch and release" Contest participation will be limited to the first 49 registered anglers in each category.
This is a"CATCH & KEEP" & "CATCH AND RELEASE" CONTEST - PROPER FISH HANDLING IS MANDATORY!
Contest organizers, fishing guides, and fishing outfitters are not eligible to participate in the contest.
OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES:
1) Contest Period:
The contest starts on December 1st at 7:15am and ends December 9th at 6pm. Anglers may start later in the day but no earlier than 7:00 am on the opening day. You must come into Pugstones Sporting to get your logo and to register with signature.
2) Participant Registration Fees
- BONNEVILLE WHITEFISH "CATCH & KEEP"
- $20 for each contestant
CUTTHROAT "CATCH & RELEASE"
- This is an extension of the Bonneville whitefish derby. You must be pre-registered in the Bonneville whitefish derby to qualify for this part of the derby.
$25.00 for each contestant
3) Contest Categories:
Contest participation will be limited to the first 49 registered anglers in each category.
Based off overall single weight of each Bonneville whitefish in pounds, which will be broken down to ounces and grams, prize money will be 100% payout of participant registration fees based on the following criteria:
Overall heaviest: 60%
2nd heaviest: 30%
3rd heaviest: 10%
Extension Cutthroat Trout:
Overall Longest: Gift Prize (Sponsorship Prizes)
2nd Longest: (Sponsorship Prizes)
3rd Longest: (Sponsorship Prizes)
Cash payouts will be 100% of registration fees in each category up to $1,999.00. Any registration fees collected above $1,999.00 per category will be donated to ABC Charity. Ties will equally split money. Whitefish will be measured to the nearest gram. Fish will be measured to closest 1/4". If 3 entries are not entered in each category, left over money will be added to the top entry in each category.
Contest organizers and sponsors will have no obligation to award any prize to any participant who does not comply with state and local laws, codes, rules and regulations.
Contest organizers, guides, and outfitters are not eligible to participate in the contest.
4) Fishing Laws and Rules:
All current Utah Fishing Regulations shall be followed. Any participant found to be in violation will be immediately disqualified, including other team members and will not be able to enter into any other derby sponsored and set up by Pugstones Sporting. Rules and regulations can be found at http://wildlife.utah.gov/dwr/fishing/.
5) Boating Laws and Rules:
All boaters shall comply with US Coast Guard / Utah Boating Safety Laws and Rules.
6) Aquatic Invasive Species:
All boaters and anglers shall comply with Utah Aquatic Invasive Species Laws and Rules.
7) Participant Registration and check-in:
Registration will take place before the day of the event (December 1st) and or before 9am Friday December 16th. Participation is limited to the first 49 registered anglers in each category. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged and in most cases mandatory.
Pre-registration will take place at Pugstones Sporting at 6 South Bear Lake Boulevard
(Center of town in "Raspberry Square"). Contact Darin Pugmire to pre-register by calling: 435-757-9430.
Registration on the day of the contest will take place at Pugstones Sporting starting at 7:15am
All registered participants must check-in on the day that they start. You will need to pick up a form and sign a waiver before you can start fishing.
8) Documentation of fish caught:
All entries for this Bonneville derby must be brought in the day of the catch before 5pm. If you canÃƒÆ'Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢t make it in until 6pm I can make a provision for this ÃƒÆ'Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¦"IFÃƒÆ'Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â you contact me on my mobile phone. You can only enter 2 Bonneville whitefish in daily, per participant. Each participant must bring them into Pugstones Sporting to be weighed and registered. After weighing each whitefish, you will be required to gut the fish with Pugstones Sporting representative there to watch, view, and feel each fish. Anyone found to have added anything to the fish to increase the weight will be immediately disqualified from this and all future tournaments sponsored by Pugstones Sporting. Your money will not be refunded to you.
- SPORTSMANSHIP IS WHAT KEEPS THINGS FUN, HONEST, AND ENJOYABLE FOR ALL WHO PARTICIPATE.
For the those who participate in the cutthroat trout portion of the derby:
All entries shall have a picture of caught fish on a flat surface, adjacent to the contest supplied yard stick and the logo card. Fish not laid on same flat surface as yard stick and logo card will not be entered. Entries must be clearly visible, including: species, yard stick numbers and contest logo card. Entry length will be from tip of nose to longest part of tail laid naturally on the tape measure. Squeezing or pinching tail will not be a valid entry.
Photo entries shall be "texted" to:
Pugstones Sporting at: 435-757-9430
All fish will be entered and calculated along with a confirmation sent back once the entry has been received and entered. ÃƒÆ'Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¦"Updates" will not be sent (texted) out from tournament officials throughout the day. Judges panel decision will be final.
9) Contest Area:
All participants shall fish on the Utah portion of Bear Lake proper. Any person and/or team violating this rule will be immediately disqualified from this derby and all future derby's.
10) Conditions and Disqualifications:
Cheating will result in participant/team disqualification.
Any disqualified participant/team will forfeit all entry fees and be banned from participating in any Pugstones Sporting derby in the future.
By registering and participating in this Contest, each contestant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Contest Rules and the decisions of Pugstones Sporting, which shall be final and binding in all respects.
The Contest is open only to legal U.S. residents. Contest is void where prohibited by law.
If we have a tie in either category we flip a coin.
November 25th,2017Bear Lake 11/22/17. Fishing started out slow then gradually picked up. Caught a total of 12 Cuts. I was able to get into them good near South Eden. At some points we couldn't keep em off the downriggers. Best lures were crocodiles and rapalas. I couldn't get the stubborn Macs to hit anything I threw at them. All around a good day on big blue. I think jigging is the best way to target the Macs right now.
Derrick Gallegos - 11/25/17
Whitefish just around the cornerWell thanks goes out to all that came out and did the last derby. It was a good turnout and we had some amazing cash back and prizes as well. Thanks to all of you that came and took advantage of that great derby.
Darin - 11/17/17
We do have another derby coming up on Dec 1st-9th. It will be a whitefish derby that we will weigh them out. You have to come in and weigh your whitefish and I take care of that here at my store. It will go on for a full 9 days letting everyone be a part of it. I am limited to only 49 participants so if you are interested please call and get in on the list so you don't loose your spot. The cost is $20 per angler. This will also be a cash back derby with 60% for #1, 30% #2, and 10% #3. We will also be doing a cutthroat derby at the same time. The entry fee for this class will be $25 per angler. The prizes will be for the top 3 and we will also have some other raffle items as well. The cutthroat will be by catch and release like we have done on all of our other derby's up to this point.
Well the lake trout have still been out there and fun to catch. The spawn is all but over however we are seeing a few that are hanging around the edges. Usually that is your males that are still searching and in hope of some love from those females. Last year we still had some coming in until Thanksgiving but with the water temps being cooler this year than last you can pretty much call it for this lake trout spawn season.
The good thing about this time of year is that these big lunkers have gone back out and have started to feed once again. I have spoken with several anglers and those with the best success have been jigging mainly. Those trolling seem to have struggled a little more than those jigging. Either way though look for depths still in the 50-65' as well as 15-30'. Some of the larger lakers have been spotted out in the 75-95' but it seems they haven't been very generous in hitting what the anglers have been throwing down to them.
The cutthroat seems to be starting to pick up. Several of these trout have been caught in several different depths. Look for depths of 45-65' and usually you catch these when you are not around where the lake trout are being caught. Best locations have been off of Cisco Beach, 1st and 2nd Point, Rock Pile, and out in front of the marina.
The best lures have been Rapalas, Yozuri, Lucky Craft, and Luhr Jensen. As for the tube jigs they have been mostly in the sizes 5"-7" with my double lead head hooks tipped with Cisco or sucker meat. Jigging Kastmasters has also been favorable as well and the colors are what my pictures shows.
I have Cisco Nets getting ready to start showing up so if you are looking for that perfect Christmas Gift or if you need a net that holds up for these Cisco please just let me know. I will bringing in mostly 12'extendable handle nets like usual with a few 8' as well. If you think you would like something like a 18' I can get those as well but I don't recommend that size.
Best of luck to all of you guys out there. Enjoy your Thanksgiving break and search long and hard for those things that you are so grateful for...I hope they are endless.
DWR FISHING REPORTBear Lake surface water temperature is 48 degrees and dropping. The water level is nearly at full capacity and boat launching is possible at all ramps on the Utah and Idaho sides of the lake. This includes the Bear Lake State Park marina, 1st Point, Cisco Beach and Rainbow Cove boat ramps in Utah AND at the East Shore State Park and North Beach in Idaho.
Scott Tolentino - 11/09/17
The Lake Trout run is winding down and during the last week anglers have reported that they are still catching a few Lake Trout and Cutthroat Trout by both jigging and trolling. However, the weather has played a big part in being able to access the lake and has created a Ã¢â‚¬Å"hot fishing one day and poor fishing the nextÃ¢â‚¬Â type of report. Anglers are doing fair off the Gus Rich Point/Rockpile area and others did fair off the Cisco Beach/Rainbow Cove area. As the Lake Trout run winds down these fish will begin to feed and should become a little more predictable than they have been during the past month. If you prefer to jig; use tube jigs or swim baits in various colors in Ã‚Â½ to 1 ounce sizes and 3-6Ã¢â‚¬Â long. Reliable colors are white, green and motoroil. You can tip your lure with Cisco/Sucker/Carp meat for better luck. If you are trolling; use flatfish in U-20 or similar sizes or minnow type lures in #9-13 sizes. The lake is pretty much the same temperature from top to bottom right now and therefore both Cutthroat and Lake Trout can be found in water from 10-100+ feet. Pay attention to your sonar, once you locate fish, and target that depth strata.
The Bonneville Whitefish should begin spawning right around the Thanksgiving holiday. They can be targeted along rocky, shoreline areas using light tackle. Fish in depths from 5Ã¢â‚¬â„¢-30Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ and use a medium action rod with 4-6lb line with 1/16-1/8 ounce jigs, spinners in size 1 or 2, or small (1-2Ã¢â‚¬Â long) spoons. Tip your lure with a piece of worm or wax worm and keep it close to bottom. These fish can also be caught using sinking-tip fly line with wooly-buggers or egg-sucking-leach patterns fishing close to bottom. The Bonneville Whitefish are very good eating both fried and baked, but many anglers like to smoke them. The run should last until about the 15th of December. Good spots to try will be along 1st and 2nd Points, Cisco Beach and off the Utah State Park marina dikes.
Remember the Trout limit is two fish. Cutthroat Trout with a fin clip may be kept; Cutthroat Trout with all fins intact must be immediately released. Large Lake Trout 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
The pond received its final stocking of the year with Rainbow Trout about 2 weeks ago. The fishing should be really good right up until it freezes. The self-service creel cards show that anglers are doing quite well. Try flies behind a bubble or casting with spinners and small jigs, or just simply a worm under a bobber. You can also try powerbait and marshmallows for bait as well.
Laketown Reservoir fishing is still producing some really nice fish. Fishing with bait, small spinners, or flys behind a bubble are working the best. Remember, please pack out all trash at this reservoir since there are no receptacles available. Access to this reservoir is dependent upon the anglers taking care of it
Bear Lake - Lake Trout Fishing Derby Nov 3-4BEAR LAKE - LAKE TROUT CATCH AND RELEASE FISHING TOURNAMENT RULES 11/3/17 - 11/4/17
Darin - 10/16/17
Registration will take place before and through the days of the tournament, pre-registration will take place at Pugstones Sporting (6 South Bear Lake Blvd - Center of town "Raspberry Square). Registration is possible the day of at Pugstones Location ONLY! Please contact Darin Pugmire to register. You can also call him at: (435) 757-9430
1) Tournament will begin at 6:30 AM 11/03/17, fisherman may start later in day but no sooner than 6:30 AM Tournament will end at 6PM 11/04/2017 and all entries must be received by 6PM
2) $100.00 for each team of four, 65.00 for each team of two, $35.00 for single man teams. Only lake trout species may be entered. Based off overall length in inches, prize money will be 100% payout based on the following criteria-
Lake Trout - Longest 60% 2nd Longest 30% 3rd Longest 10%
Ties will split money, fish will be measured to closest 1/4". If 3 entries are not entered, left over money will be added to top entry(s).
3) All current Utah Regulations must be followed; anyone in violation will immediately disqualify your(s) team.
4) All boaters will comply with USCG/Bear Lake State Parks Boating/Saftey Laws
5) All boaters will comply with Utah Aquatic Invasive Species Rules
6) All participants must check in the before you start fishing. Supplied tape measure and log are required to be picked up, EVEN IF YOU'RE PREREGISTERED!
7) All entries must have picture of Fish on flat surface, adjacent to SUPPLIED tape measure WITH supplied logo. Fish not laid on same flat surface as tape measure will not be entered. Entries must be CLEARLY VISIBLE! (This includes species, tape measure numbers and unique logo) Entry length will be from tip of nose to longest part of tail laid NATURALLY on tape measure, squeezing or pinching tail will not be a valid entry!! Entries may be "texted" to Pugstones Sporting for official entry throughout the day at (435) 757-9430. Best MMS messages will be using Verizon and/or AT&T ... Not very reliable would be T-Mobile/Sprint. All fish will be entered and calculated along with a confirmation back to you once received and entered. No "updates" will be texted out from tournament officials throughout the day. Judges panel decision will be final. Please remember this is a CATCH AND RELEASE TOURNAMENT AND PROPER FISH HANDLING IS MANDATORY!
8) All participants must only fish on the Utah Half of Bear Lake proper. Any team violating this rule will be immediately disqualified from this tournament and all future tournaments as well.
9) Cheating will result in team disqualification from this tournament and all future as well.
10) Any disqualified team will forfeit any, and all entry fees.
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Muzzleloading or Fishing?Well it is almost that time for your Muzzleloader deer hunters to break ground and come up to our area and try your luck on not so many big mule deer bucks...the ticket is to by pass the hunt and go fishing instead ;)
Darin - 09/22/17
It is good to see those leaves starting to change colors and we are only 1 day away from the first day of Fall...I sure love Fall in this beautiful valley! The trout also love the fall as well because they like to see those water temps start to come down from those summer water temps. The lake trout need it to be a certain temp before they will even think about coming into spawn and we are not where in that temp gauge, yet.
The lake level is so vital for our fishery. It is so nice to see the lake still only about 1'-3" below full! This will increase the numbers of fish on the lake. It helps all of those small minnows to find a refuge so they can survive which in turn brings in more of a supply of food for the larger trout. We will see the chub population increase again. We will see the crawfish, whitefish, sculpin, and of course our cutthroats increase in numbers as well. This is a phenomenon that I wish we didn't have to always sit around and wait for...I wish the lake would stay full all of the time and if it did go down it would only drop 2-4' maximum and then it would help to sustain not only the fishery but the beauty of the valley as well.
OK - with the colder temps finally starting to come around we will start to see our fish become more lively. They will start to feed more abundantly which in turn will allow you as anglers to catch more fish! The ticket though is to always try to help the fishery and the numbers of fish by doing CATCH AND RELEASE...we want Mother Nature to do her part but we must also do our part.
The lake trout as well as the cutthroat are still in the 70' mark. Most of the anglers are fishing by trolling but my few that are out there using the jigging technique are catching some great numbers and especially some of the larger trout.
This is usually due to how light of a bite it has been over this past 2 weeks. We all need to make sure we get up here and fish when the high moves in. That will help out all aspects of fishing on this lake, along with your success so please keep that in mind when you come up to Bear Lake.
As for the areas to fish it has still been good off of North Eden and Rainbow Cove. Those jigging have done really well off of the Points as well as on the edge of the Rockpile as well.
The best jigging sizes vary from 5"-7" and of course using my double hook lead heads it will improve your catch. Colors are also a variable as well. I like JB Specials, I also like white/pearl, white/glow, chartreuse, and then I have 3 other specialty ones that are custom size and color patterns. Stop in and check those out. My new batch should be here by the first weekend of October.
With the lake trout feeding readily I would also suggest to start looking along the shorelines as well, at least by the first weekend of September. The "Jacks" will usually start coming to the shoreline to investigate looking for a cute little female to mate with. Those "Jacks" are the young juvenile males looking for love :)
I will have all of your fishing supplies for Bear Lake during the next 3 wonderful months of fishing. Also don't forget on November 3rd & 4th, which is Friday and Saturday, we will be having another fishing derby! This will be for the Lake Trout Catch and Release method and so lets get the word out there so the return or the top 3 will be a good cash derby!
Best of luck and please call me if you have any other questions. I can't always answer but I will return calls, emails, and text messages in a timely manner.