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Bear Lake area fishing reports

Published August 28, 2012 12:52 pm

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Scott Tolentino, UDWR Bear Lake Project Leader, sent in this report. Surface water temperature is 71 degrees. Lake trout fishing has started to turn on again off the Gus Rich Point area on the flats in about 70-85' of water. Best luck has come from trolling minnow lure with rattles, crankbaits with rattles, and flatfish close to the bottom. As the water begins to cool off the lake trout fishing should get even better. Fishing for cutthroat trout has remained good. Best luck has come for anglers who have been jigging or trolling in depths of 60-90 feet along the east side of the lake near the pump house/1st Point/2nd Point area. The jiggers are using tube jigs tipped with cisco or sucker meat. Trollers are using minnow-type lures with rattles or flatfish trolled from downriggers near the bottom. Garden City Community Fishery PondThe fishing has been good for rainbow trout. Try using flies behind a bubble in the mornings and evenings or try worms and powerbait fished either under a bobber about 2 feed down or fished right on the bottom. Use hopper or bee patterns in dry flies and wooly buggers and bead-head nymphs with wet flies. There will be a one day tagged fish contest at the Garden City Community Pond sponsored by the Town Garden City on Saturday, September 8th. Contact Garden City for more information 435-946-2901. Laketown ReservoirWater levels are average and fishing has been fair for hold-over rainbows from last year. These fish are 16-19" long and up to almost 3 pounds. It will not be stocked again this summer. Try wet flys such as wooly buggers or worms fished on the bottom or powerbait and worms.