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Ice Off - Ice Floating...not sure if old or new use CAUTION
Darin - 02/24/17

The lake has been open for the past week but overnight we had some new ice that has started to form. This isn't a big deal because you can get around them or through them but something to consider before you get here. I am not sure about the east side but over here from the marina and north from the Rockpile you can see new ice. Be careful to not plow through it because that ice could be some heavy ice that has been floating out in the lake and not new ice...just use caution.

The Bear Lake whitefish are now spawning. These are fish that usually have anglers thinking that they caught cisco but just know that we won't catch and cisco right now only these small 10" maximum length Bear Lake Whitefish. They can be caught in the same locations as the Bonneville whitefish and the cisco but not in nearly the numbers. It does bring the trout in to feed off of them so don't think that you cannot catch anything in shallow off of the weed beds, Rockpile and shallow along the marina, Cisco Beach, and the Points as well.

The trout are still feeding and haven't seen any pressure for the past 3 weeks. If you are looking for those trophy cutthroats and lake trout make sure you thing big in proportion with your jigs or your bait. It seems like we catch bigger trout when using larger tube jigs. I like sizes of 5", 6", and 7" but I do best off of the 6" with the thicker diameter. Colors are always still white, pearl, chartreuse, brown, and black colors and mixtures. The jigging seems to be taking in second positions versus trolling but that wasn't the case 15-20 years ago. We used to jig regardless of the season from 7-9am and then put in maybe 30min to an hour trolling. I am not guaranteeing that you will catch more fish and bigger fish jigging for them but I will say that you will stand a better chance for sure. Don't let this be a lost art. Go back to what it used to be and you will find success. Especially if you have those GPS iPilots that you can use as an anchor...that is the way to catch big fish on Bear Lake.

The trolling colors and patterns will still be in the same colors as the jigs but make sure you change things up. Keep your speeds up a little so you are around 2.3-2.8mph and allow your lure to use their action. Size of lures also is a big difference so work them all but don't be afraid to go big either.

ANOTHER NOTE:
Mike Wahlberg won several items at one of our derby's that we had. He donated his 12' Octagon Cisco Net to be donated back to someone. I have decided to take everyone that comes in and fills the form to be put into raffle that I will run April 1st at 5pm. All you have to do is come in and fill it out for your chance to win this 12' extendable octagon Cisco net that I get custom made each year. This is a $80 value so stop by and enter before the deadline!

Thanks for everyone's support to keep my business up and running. Thanks to Scott Tolentino for keeping us updated from his end as well since I have been out of commission for the past month and a half. As always please feel welcome to call me anytime or shoot me a txt and I will try to get with you as soon as I am able.

Love Bear Lake and help keep it blue, liter free, fish returned, and the best place on earth!

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No Access - Clumps of Ice - Hope things are better next weekend
Darin Pugmire - 02/11/17

The ice on Bear Lake has broken up and there is at this time no access available. Eastside has ice formed on our boat ramps so there is no access there. The bubblers are still not opening up the lake access off of the marina so no access there either. There is no access anymore to get on the ice that has formed and that is clumped up throughout the lake.

We have been dealing with some flooding in the Garden City area so all efforts have reverted to that cause and not worrying so much about access to get onto the lake. Thanks to all those that have spent countless hours and time to help all the people in the valley. If you get this message and you find out or know someone that has a home in Bear Lake call them remind them text them to come and get their selves sandbagged if they want to make sure that they don't have an issue before it's too late.

The temperatures are colder today so the flow will be a lot slower but still being a weekend it's not a bad idea to come up and at least evaluate what you need to do with all of this run off.

I have been sick for the past month so I have not been able to give any updates because I had no true information. I apologize for that but if you ever need anything always feel free to text or to call me and I'll try to respond as soon as possible.

Be safe and all your travels and if you over and Logan through the Ogden areas I know you are going to through the same problems that we are as well with flooding so my heart goes out to all of you as well. Good luck and let's make it through the next three months!

January 28th,2017
Chris laub - 01/28/17

Limits!

My sons and i caught limts of cisco in about 2 hours off of the pumphouse. It is just after noon as i write. My youngest son caught a trout and the same whitfish twice. . .the fish has the battke scars to prove it

Cisco Report
Scott Tolentino - 01/25/17

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

UDWR Bear Lake Fishing Report:
There is about 30-36" of snow on the ground on the west side of Bear Lake and 18" or more at Cisco Beach. The State Park has plowed along Cisco Beach and access is much better than the last few days. The lake has a fair amount open water on the east side from South Eden north into Idaho. There is no ice along Cisco Beach. Most of the west side of the lake is frozen and therefore, the deicers have been shut off at the marina. There have been some ice anglers fishing off the Pump House, off the State Park marina and in the weedbed areas south of Gus Rich Point. The ice is 2-4", but there are many weak and fractured spots on the lake and we do not recommend ice fishing due to unsafe ice. Boat ramps at Cisco Beach and Rainbow Cove have been plowed but are extremely slippery and we not recommend trying to launch boats at this time.

There was choppy water along Cisco Beach today but anglers were able to dip net cisco. The run started about 7:00am and went until about 9:00am. It really helps if you dip net in pairs of people. One person uses a fishing rod with a lure to attract the cisco in and then the person with the net dips the fish. Waders or hip boots recommended. It is important to make sure you only dip net your fish and not other anglers. The run will continue to improve over the coming week and likely peak on the weekend. Fishing for Cutthroat Trout should be good off the Cisco Beach area while the cisco run continues. Try casting large spoons or spinners (#5 or #6) or use streamers/leaches on fly rods.

Those anglers who have been ice fishing are doing good for cisco, but also picking up some whitefish and trout. Spoons such as Kastmasters and Swedish Pimples are working the best. You can also try running a 6-8" dropper line below the spoons with an ice fly for the whitefish.

Please remember, all Cutthroat Trout that are caught and don'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.

The UDWR will update the Bear Lake office answering machine with lake conditions, status of the Cisco run, and other fishing opportunities every other day until the end of the Cisco run, but please call after 5pm in order to keep the line open during business hours (7am - 5pm). The number is 435-946-8501. The annual "Cisco Disco" , Polar Plunge, and Bear Lake Winterfest will be held on Saturday, January 28th. More info is available at: https://bearlakemonsterwinterfest.com/

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Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
371 West Marina Dr.
Box 231
Garden City, UT 84028
(435) 946-8501 phone & fax

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January 25th,2017
Jarred Christensen - 01/25/17

We caught 9 cutthroat a 22in rainbow and a very small Mac on the 16th of January. 60ft of water with tube jigs And Cisco. Fished for 5 hours out of the boat.

January 18th,2017
Jarred Christensen - 01/18/17

We caught 9 cutthroat a 22in rainbow and a very small Mac on the 16th of January. 60ft of water with tube jigs And Cisco. Fished for 5 hours out of the boat.

January 25th,2017
Jarred Christensen - 01/25/17

We fished 60ft , 45ft, and 25ft off Cisco beach in a boat jigging with tube jigs tipped with Cisco. Fished from 10am to 4pm. Caught two cutthroat is all. Very slow day. We cruised around a little to find fish but couldn't.
Only saw two Cisco by the shoreline.

UDWR Bear Lake Fishing Report:
Scott Tolentino - 01/23/17

Monday, January 23, 2017


There is about 30-36"of snow on the ground on the west side of Bear Lake and 18-24" at Cisco Beach. The lake has some open water and a lot of ice at this time. The deicers have been shut off at the marina and it is now frozen along with most of the west side of the lake. There were some ice anglers fishing off the pump house this past weekend and at least one angler fishing on the ice off the marina. The ice is 2-4", but there are many weak and fractured spots on the lake and we do not recommend ice fishing due to unsafe ice. The entire area long Cisco Beach is open water, but boat ramps at Cisco Beach and Rainbow Cove are extremely slippery and we not recommend trying to launch boats at this time.

It was windy and wavy along Cisco Beach and dip netting was very difficult. The cisco move off shore when the water is rough. It really helps if you dip net in pairs of people. On person can use a fishing rod with a lure to attract the cisco in and the the person with the net dips the fish. It is important to make sure you only dip net your fish and not other anglers. The run will continue to improve over the coming week and likely peak next weekend. Fishing for Cutthroat Trout should be good off the Cisco Beach area while the cisco run continues. Try large spoons or spinners (#5 or #6) when casting or use streamers/leaches on fly rods. Fishing for Whitefish should also be good either from boats or from the ice, depending on the weather conditions. Use smaller vertical jigging spoons such as Kastmasters and Swedish Pimples. You can also try running a 6-8" dropper line below the spoons with an ice fly for the whitefish.

Please remember, all Cutthroat Trout that are caught and don'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.

The UDWR will update the Bear Lake office answering machine with lake conditions, status of the Cisco run, and other fishing opportunities every other day until the end of the Cisco run, but please call after 5pm in order to keep the line open during business hours (7am - 5pm). The number is
435-946-8501. The annual "Cisco Disco" , Polar Plunge, and Bear Lake Winterfest will be held on Saturday, January 28th. More info is available at: https://bearlakemonsterwinterfest.com/

UDWR Bear Lake Fishing Report
FBL - 01/21/17

There is about 24" of snow on the ground at Bear Lake and the lake has both open water and some ice at this time. Deicers have been used to keep the marina open but the lake is frozen on the west side so there is no boat access from the marina at this time. There were some anglers ice fishing off the pump house on Saturday, but we do not recommend ice fishing due to unsafe ice and open water on a lot of the lake. All it would take is one wind storm and that ice could be broken up. You can still launch boats at Cisco Beach and the Rainbow Cove boat ramps on the east side. There are no courtesy docks at any of the east side ramps. If you are launching a larger boat at Rainbow Cove, be careful about not backing in your trailer so far that it will go off the end of the concrete. There is a large drop off at the end of the ramp and this could ruin a trailer axle.



This morning was the first day that a few Bonneville Cisco came into shore along Cisco Beach. Some anglers were able to dip net a few fish. The run will only improve over the coming week and likely peak next weekend. Anglers were catch a few Cisco off the rockpile, but that area is not accessible by boat or by ice at this time due to unsafe ice conditions. Fishing for Cutthroat Trout should be good off the Cisco Beach area during the beginning of the cisco run. Try larger spoons or large spinners (#5 or #6) when casting or use streamers/leaches on fly rods. Fishing for Whitefish should also be good either from boats or from the ice, depending on the weather conditions. Use smaller vertical jigging spoons such as Kastmasters and Swedish Pimples. You can also try running a 6-8” dropper line below the spoons with an ice fly for the Whitefish.



Please remember, all Cutthroat Trout that are caught and don'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.



The UDWR will update the Bear Lake office answering machine with lake conditions, status of the Cisco run, and other fishing opportunities every other day until the end of the Cisco run, but please call after 5pm in order to keep the line open during business hours (7am â€" 5pm). The number is 435-946-8501. The annual "Cisco Disco" , Polar Plunge, and Bear Lake Winterfest will be held on Saturday, January 28th. More info is available at: https://bearlakemonsterwinterfest.com/

CISCO ARE ON THE SHORELINE
Darin - 01/21/17

The Cisco finally showed up today off of Cisco Beach. They are in small numbers but each day they will get thicker and thicker. Middle of next week should be about the peak and great throughout the weekend. Mark your calendar and get down here ASAP!

Spoke with one fisherman who netted 26 Cisco so timing is everything. They didn't show up real well until 9am and will be coming throughout the day. When the wind picks up it makes it very difficult to have success but just work with it.

Cisco beach is ice free and launching is available off Rainbow Cove. Small boats are all I would launch there but to each their own.

Keep me updated and remember I am looking for Cisco so if you want to drop me off your bag limit for the day I would compensate you with free Cisco Scent!

Keep me updated and good luck to everyone!