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Bear lake Help
I am going to Bear lake for the first time, and could really use some fishing help. I would love to get my kids into some Lakers even if they are small, but any fish will keep them happy. I will be on a boat with a fish finder and GPS but I don't have down riggers. Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: [brunomoki] Bear lake Help In reply to
I'm in the same boat (no pun intended). Try jigging on the rock piles. You can get the GPS coordinates off of the DWR website.
Rod P
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I'm sure Mike or Scott can give you better current info than I can, but without down riggers, you may want to try jigging a 4-5" whitish tube jig tipped with cisco if you can find them, or sucker meat... Check the Utah F&G report for northern Utah on current locations for best action, but usually off cisco beach or the rock pile off Gus Rich point are good places to try... If you can't find bait PM me and I may be able to spare a few since I don't seem to be able to get out and use them myself... I'm in Cache Valley... Good luck J
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Well, I hope you have fun when you come up here, but your success will really depend on a few things.

First, when are you going to be here? if on a weekend then you will have a big challenge with all the recreational boaters buzzing you and scaring the fish.

Second, are you comfortable with vertical jigging, because that is about the best way to get some fish without downriggers. The fish are in 45-95 feet of water right now so you will need to get down on the bottom and jig in the bottom 1-2 feet of the water column.

The best advice I can give you is to get 3/4-1 ounce jig heads and 4" white or rainbow colored tubes to put on the jig. buy some sucker meat at Sportsman warehouse or Pugstones here in town and cut it into 1/2 inch by 2 inch strips and tip the jig with that. Go to cisco beach and get over 45-70 feet of water to start and drop the jig to the bottom until you see slack in your line and then reel just enough to barely take the slack out of it. Jig 1- 1/12 feet strait up and let it settle watching for anything unusual (especially on the drop) and be ready to set the hook. If you get a hit and miss it then immediately drop it again instead of reeling it all the way up and in and odds are you will get the same fish to hit it again.

The other spot is over the rockpile off of Ideal Beach resort and the GPS locations can be found by googling it. That can be a good place as well, but it gets earlier boat traffic than Cisco Beach, and you will be run off the water much earlier. At Cisco Beach the sun doesn't fully hit the water till around 8:30-9 so you get more good fishing time in. It is an early fishing game with the best starting time at around 6 am.

If that doesn't work out for you, you can take the kids to the Garden City Heritage fish pond and they will be able to catch rainbows and possibly a brooder cutthroat or two using worm, powerbait, fly and bubble, etc. There is also Little Creek Reservoir just west of Randolph that you could launch a small boat on and it has excellent fishing for rainbows with some of them pushing 18-20 inches at times.

I hope this helps a little and have a safe and enjoyable time during your visit up here at Bear Lake!

Mike
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Thanks for the tips. We will be there over the holiday weekend so I figure most fishing will be really early or late. Do glow tubes help or just plain white? Is it possible to get into the cutthroats will lead line or are they to deep. Thanks again.
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This time of year I haven't seen the glow tubes make any difference. White or rainbow or even a motor oil flake tube is what I like the best.

The cutthroat trout will be in the same areas as the Lakers. You will catch more cutts than lakers most often and jigging works equally well for both and is a very effective method during hot weather.

Don't be afraid to fish deep. It pretty warm up here now and the fish have gone a little deeper. Cisco beach is a great starting point because it gets deep close to shore and you can use the shoreline as a good reference point to keep you on a spot if it gets productive. Also there is plenty of structure and rocks there to attract fish. Don't be afraid to move every 20-30 minutes if you aren't getting any bites. You will probably need to move around to find the fish, but once you find them stick with them and you should be able to pull a few out.

Also, tipping them with sucker meat, chubs, or Cisco is critical to getting bites.

Mike