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Guide to fishing for rainbow trout, cutthroat trout and lake trout (Mackinaw) at Bear Lake in Utah.

Bear Lake, UT

With spectacular aqua-blue color water, Bear Lake is a trout anglers paradise. Beauty and great fishing abound here with half the lake in Utah and the other half in Idaho.

The purpose of this page is to deliver an overview of this lake, the fishing options, and area amenities. Our goal is to provide info to first time visitors, as well as beginner and novice anglers. We gathered details from personal experience, numerous trusted websites that each offer select bits of information, and videos of fishing activity on the lake. These websites include the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, marinas at the lake, campgrounds, boat rental agencies and others. By consolidating this information to one page it allows visitors to see the entire picture, all in one place.

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Bear Lake is a natural freshwater lake located on the border of Utah and Idaho, in the northeastern part of Utah. Known as the "Caribbean of the Rockies" for its stunning turquoise-blue waters, Bear Lake is a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts.

The lake offers excellent fishing opportunities, attracting anglers from all over the region. One of the primary draws is the variety of trout species available. Rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, and lake trout (also known as mackinaw) are the most sought-after fish in Bear Lake. These trout species thrive in the clear and cool waters, providing a rewarding fishing experience for anglers of all skill levels.

Spring and fall are the best seasons to fish at Bear Lake. During these times, the water temperatures are optimal, and the fish are more active, making it easier to catch a variety of trout. Anglers often employ various fishing techniques, including trolling, casting, and fly-fishing, to target different trout species.

Surrounding the western side of the UT half of this 70,000-acre lake are marinas, campgrounds, boat ramps, RV parks, boat rentals, lodging, restaurants and shopping. The lake is situated on the northern border of the state, at Garden City. Fishing enthusiasts can get access to most of the 80 miles of shoreline for fishing from the bank, or to launch car-toppers, canoes and kayaks. Quality rainbow, cutthroat and lake trout fishing is the big draw here, and (when there is safe ice) ice fishing during winter for trout and whitefish.

Fishing Boats For Rent In Utah

Primary fish species residing in Bear Lake

Click images for fishing tips and details about each species.

Rainbow trout Cutthroat trout Lake trout

Bear Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Bear Lake is not only famous for its fishing opportunities but also for its scenic beauty and recreational activities. Boating, camping, and other water sports are popular among visitors. With its picturesque landscapes and abundant fish population, Bear Lake remains a top destination for anglers looking for a memorable fishing experience in Utah.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Bear Lake Funtime
Rentals: Fishing boats, kayaks, canoes and pontoon boats
435 946-3200

Bear Lake Rentals
Rentals: Pontoon boats
435 946-8611

Performance Rental
Rentals: Fishing boats, kayaks, canoes and pontoon boats
435 946-8735

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Bear Lake Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off Bear Lake Blvd, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Eric RV Park & Marina Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off E Anchors Away Road, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.

First Point Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, off N Cisco Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Rainbow Cove Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off Rainbow Cove Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Ventura Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off N Cisco Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.


Bear Lake State Park Marina
940 Bear Lake Blvd
Garden City, UT 84028
435 946-5800

Click here for a Utah Fishing License.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Bear Lake-Marina Side KOA Campground - 435 946-3454

Bear Lake-Trail Side KOA Journey Campground - 435 946-8444

Sunrise Campground - 435 755-3620

Willow Campground - 801 538-7220

Rendezvous Beach Campground - 435 946-3343

Bear Lake Aquatics Base Campground - 435 946-8533

Bear Lake Venture RV Park - 435 946-8780

Epic Recreation RV Park - 435 946-2910

Bear Lake UT Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Bear Lake
Bear Lake State Park
940 N Bear Lake Blvd
Garden City, UT 84028
435 946-3343


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