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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
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Box 231
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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!

UDWR Bear Lake Fishing Report:
Scott Tolentino - 01/16/17

Monday, January 16, 2017



UDWR Bear Lake Fishing Report:

There is about 24" of snow on the ground at Bear Lake and the lake is open water. There is also a fair amount of floating ice on the lake, so be careful when boating. Deicers are being used to keep the marina open and the ramps have been plowed, but are slippery. You can launch at First Point and the Rainbow Cove boat ramp on the east side but Cisco Beach ramp is not accessible due to deep snow. 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.



The Bonneville Cisco run has not begun yet. There were no Cisco running off the Cisco Beach or State Park marina dikes as of this morning. Anglers are just beginning to snag a few Cisco off the rockpile, but only catching one or two fish. This should only improve in the coming two weeks. However, fishing for Cutthroat Trout and Lake Trout is very good at this time. Anglers are mainly jigging off the rockpile area in water from 38-70’ deep. Best lures have been tube jigs tipped with cisco or sucker meat. Fishing for Whitefish has been good for anglers using 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. Anglers are also catching a few trout casting off shore at Cisco Beach. Try larger spoons or large spinners (#5 or #6) when casting or use streamers/leaches on fly rods.



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/



Garden City Community Fishery Pond

The pond is now frozen and ice thickness is 10"with about two feet of snow on top. Anglers need to be extremely cautious since there are two deicers on the pond which makes the ice weak on those areas. They are clearly marked with black plastic floats but may be buried under the snow. The best luck is coming on very small jigs (1/32 oz or smaller) ice flies in green or orange colors. Tip your lure with a Gulp maggot or small waxworm for best results.



Laketown Reservoir

Laketown Reservoir is also frozen and the ice is at least 10" thick at this time. Vehicle access now blocked due to the snow depth, but you can still access the reservoir by snowmobile, snowshoe, or skis. Fishing has been good for rainbow and a few cutthroat trout using ice flies tipped with a meal worm or nightcrawler.

Bear Lake Ice Up
Darin - 01/17/17

Looks like with the super cold spell we are receiving, our lake is trying to cap over with some ice forming over the Rockpile as well as the other side of the lake as well. The last places that will have to freeze up will be off of North and South Eden canyons. The reason for this is because of the wind that comes out of those canyons which keeps the lake from capping completely over. I can't see the entire lake and I am not driving around the 54 miles of lake to look today but I can say that it looks like the RockPile area is not accessible or at least without having to chip your way out to get there.

Use caution - sunny today - some thin amounts of fog - 5 degrees - beautiful day!