Bear Lake

Tributary of Bear Lake Outlet

    Bear Lake in Bear Lake County is 125,816.7 acres.

    Facilities

    Motor Restriction
    No
    Boat Ramp
    Yes
    Dock
    Yes
    Toilet
    Yes
    Campground
    Yes
    ADA Access
    Handicap Accessible

    Recommended Game Fish

    Fish Stocking Records

    Date Species Quantity General Size
    11/15/2016 Lake Trout 18,046 Less than 6 inches
    11/5/2015 Lake Trout 21,137 Less than 6 inches
    11/3/2014 Lake Trout 25,170 Greater than 6 inches
    10/31/2013 Lake Trout 10,005 Less than 6 inches
    11/2/2012 Lake Trout 4,250 Less than 6 inches
    11/1/2012 Lake Trout 12,750 Less than 6 inches
    11/8/2011 Lake Trout 14,400 Greater than 6 inches
    11/2/2010 Lake Trout 17,850 Greater than 6 inches
    11/12/2009 Lake Trout 22,000 Greater than 6 inches
    11/10/2008 Lake Trout 8,125 Greater than 6 inches
    11/6/2007 Lake Trout 1,296 Greater than 6 inches
    10/6/2006 Lake Trout 29,312 Greater than 6 inches
    11/1/2005 Lake Trout 2,312 Greater than 6 inches
    10/31/2005 Lake Trout 11,889 Greater than 6 inches
    11/10/2004 Lake Trout 7,794 Greater than 6 inches
    11/9/2004 Lake Trout 18,784 Greater than 6 inches
    11/8/2004 Lake Trout 9,604 Greater than 6 inches
    11/6/2003 Lake Trout 917 Greater than 6 inches
    11/7/2002 Lake Trout 115 Greater than 6 inches
    11/24/1998 Lake Trout 9,875 Less than 6 inches
    11/23/1998 Lake Trout 14,260 Less than 6 inches
    11/4/1997 Lake Trout 11,000 Less than 6 inches
    11/3/1997 Lake Trout 9,800 Less than 6 inches
    11/6/1995 Lake Trout 11,475 Less than 6 inches
    11/3/1995 Lake Trout 14,025 Less than 6 inches
    6/25/1986 Rainbow Trout 4,012 Greater than 6 inches
    6/28/1985 Rainbow Trout 4,080 Greater than 6 inches
    6/21/1984 Lake Trout 21,320 Less than 6 inches
    6/12/1984 Rainbow Trout 4,085 Greater than 6 inches
    6/28/1983 Rainbow Trout 3,960 Greater than 6 inches
    6/16/1983 Lake Trout 11,600 Less than 6 inches
    6/15/1983 Lake Trout 12,800 Less than 6 inches
    6/14/1982 Lake Trout 79,920 Less than 6 inches
    4/16/1982 Lake Trout 5,810 Less than 6 inches
    4/15/1982 Lake Trout 12,900 Less than 6 inches
    4/14/1982 Lake Trout 12,000 Less than 6 inches
    4/13/1982 Rainbow Trout 4,160 Greater than 6 inches
    4/6/1982 Lake Trout 8,000 Less than 6 inches
    4/5/1982 Lake Trout 12,000 Less than 6 inches
    9/29/1981 Cutthroat Trout 195,964 Less than 6 inches
    9/28/1981 Cutthroat Trout 119,143 Less than 6 inches
    9/17/1981 Cutthroat Trout 273,634 Less than 6 inches
    8/19/1981 Cutthroat Trout 33,422 Less than 6 inches
    7/21/1981 Cutthroat Trout 93,325 Less than 6 inches
    7/17/1981 Cutthroat Trout 55,998 Less than 6 inches
    5/15/1981 Cutthroat Trout 105,097 Greater than 6 inches
    5/8/1981 Lake Trout 129,800 Less than 6 inches
    4/17/1981 Cutthroat Trout 3,485 Greater than 6 inches
    3/9/1981 Rainbow Trout 4,060 Greater than 6 inches
    9/24/1980 Cutthroat Trout 42,932 Less than 6 inches
    9/23/1980 Cutthroat Trout 116,273 Less than 6 inches
    9/22/1980 Cutthroat Trout 96,387 Less than 6 inches
    8/5/1980 Rainbow Trout 2,750 Greater than 6 inches
    6/3/1980 Cutthroat Trout 73,725 Less than 6 inches
    5/5/1980 Rainbow Trout 1,250 Greater than 6 inches
    10/29/1979 Cutthroat Trout 6,042 Less than 6 inches
    10/26/1979 Cutthroat Trout 2,649 Less than 6 inches
    10/10/1979 Lake Trout 31,450 Less than 6 inches
    7/17/1979 Rainbow Trout 430 Greater than 6 inches
    7/16/1979 Cutthroat Trout 8,700 Greater than 6 inches
    5/24/1979 Rainbow Trout 1,900 Greater than 6 inches
    5/23/1979 Cutthroat Trout 80,855 Less than 6 inches
    5/17/1979 Rainbow Trout 1,750 Greater than 6 inches
    10/19/1978 Cutthroat Trout 27,932 Less than 6 inches
    10/18/1978 Cutthroat Trout 81,466 Less than 6 inches
    8/15/1978 Rainbow Trout 4,050 Less than 6 inches
    5/24/1978 Cutthroat Trout 10,098 Less than 6 inches
    5/22/1978 Cutthroat Trout 7,854 Less than 6 inches
    9/22/1976 Cutthroat Trout 9,675 Less than 6 inches
    9/21/1976 Cutthroat Trout 33,750 Less than 6 inches
    8/20/1976 Cutthroat Trout 12,000 Less than 6 inches
    8/12/1976 Cutthroat Trout 15,912 Less than 6 inches
    8/6/1976 Cutthroat Trout 60,000 Less than 6 inches
    7/26/1976 Rainbow Trout 501 Greater than 6 inches
    7/20/1976 Cutthroat Trout 20,295 Less than 6 inches
    7/14/1976 Rainbow Trout 3,500 Greater than 6 inches
    7/13/1976 Cutthroat Trout 58,660 Less than 6 inches
    3/31/1976 Lake Trout 10,200 Less than 6 inches
    10/10/1975 Lake Trout 8,755 Less than 6 inches
    10/9/1975 Lake Trout 22,800 Less than 6 inches
    8/13/1975 Rainbow Trout 1,225 Greater than 6 inches
    7/30/1975 Rainbow Trout 2,800 Greater than 6 inches
    8/22/1974 Rainbow Trout 416 Greater than 6 inches
    7/11/1974 Rainbow Trout 3,600 Greater than 6 inches
    4/12/1974 Lake Trout 9,540 Less than 6 inches
    4/11/1974 Lake Trout 22,260 Less than 6 inches
    8/30/1973 Lake Trout 10,000 Less than 6 inches
    8/30/1973 Rainbow Trout 840 Greater than 6 inches
    8/22/1973 Lake Trout 35,000 Less than 6 inches
    8/1/1973 Rainbow Trout 360 Adults
    7/17/1973 Rainbow Trout 3,600 Greater than 6 inches
    5/8/1973 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Less than 6 inches
    9/5/1972 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
    5/24/1972 Lake Trout 10,935 Less than 6 inches
    5/18/1972 Rainbow Trout 2,400 Greater than 6 inches
    4/18/1972 Rainbow Trout 6,720 Greater than 6 inches
    6/29/1971 Rainbow Trout 3,600 Greater than 6 inches
    6/11/1971 Rainbow Trout 3,800 Greater than 6 inches
    6/9/1971 Lake Trout 21,870 Less than 6 inches
    4/27/1971 Rainbow Trout 4,700 Greater than 6 inches
    8/4/1970 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches
    7/16/1970 Rainbow Trout 2,700 Greater than 6 inches
    7/8/1970 Rainbow Trout 2,900 Greater than 6 inches
    4/29/1970 Rainbow Trout 4,200 Greater than 6 inches
    4/27/1970 Rainbow Trout 4,200 Greater than 6 inches
    3/19/1970 Rainbow Trout 4,100 Greater than 6 inches
    9/26/1969 Rainbow Trout 1,890 Greater than 6 inches
    9/25/1969 Rainbow Trout 2,800 Greater than 6 inches
    9/18/1969 Rainbow Trout 3,920 Greater than 6 inches
    8/20/1969 Lake Trout 8,500 Less than 6 inches
    8/11/1969 Lake Trout 11,900 Less than 6 inches
    7/31/1969 Rainbow Trout 2,700 Greater than 6 inches
    7/16/1969 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
    6/10/1969 Rainbow Trout 3,100 Greater than 6 inches
    5/5/1969 Rainbow Trout 3,700 Greater than 6 inches
    9/16/1968 Rainbow Trout 2,300 Greater than 6 inches
    8/22/1968 Rainbow Trout 2,300 Greater than 6 inches
    8/16/1968 Lake Trout 11,173 Less than 6 inches
    8/9/1968 Lake Trout 8,720 Less than 6 inches
    7/9/1968 Rainbow Trout 2,160 Greater than 6 inches
    5/9/1968 Rainbow Trout 2,900 Greater than 6 inches
    4/26/1968 Rainbow Trout 4,600 Greater than 6 inches
    4/25/1968 Rainbow Trout 3,100 Greater than 6 inches
    4/24/1968 Rainbow Trout 3,100 Greater than 6 inches
    Source: IDFG Fish Stocking Database.

    Licenses and Tags

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    Fishing Rules

    All Waters Open All Year

    Except as modified in Special Rules
    Fishing is not allowed within the posted upstream and downstream boundary of any fish weir or trap.

    Daily Bag Limits

    The following daily bag limits apply to all waters within each region except as modified in the Special Rules. The possession limit is 3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season.

    Special Rules

    Bear Lake
    • From the mouth of St. Charles Creek for a radius of 300 yards into the lake is closed to fishing form April 16 through June 30
    • Not more than 2 baited hooks, flies, or lures per line.
    • One line only when ice fishing. Two-lines permitted when ice fishing with a two-pole permit
    • Trout limit is 2; only Cutthroat Trout with a clipped adipose fin, as evidenced by a healed scar, may be kept
    • Cisco limit is 30; dip-netting permitted January 1 through February 15. Dip nets no larger than 18 inches in any dimension. Any size hole may be cut through the ice to catch cisco
    • Whitefish limit is 10
    Bear River tributaries all tributaries including the Cub River and Thomas Fork Bear River
    • Trout limit is 6, no harvest of Cutthroat Trout
    Southeast Region Bag Limits
    Bass (Largemouth and Smallmouth)
    • Bass limit is 6, both species combined
    • None under 14 inches
    Brook Trout
    • Brook Trout limit is 25
    • Harvest allowed during any open season unless otherwise noted under Special Rules - if gear or bait restrictions are listed, they must be followed when fishing for Brook Trout
    Cisco (Bear Lake only)
    • Cisco limit is 30
    Kokanee
    • Kokanee limit is 6
    Sturgeon
    • Sturgeon limit is 0, catch-and-release
    • Sturgeon must not be removed from the water and must be released upon landing
    • Barbless hooks and sliding sinkers are required, see fishing regulations for details
    Tiger Muskie
    • Tiger Muskie limit is 2, none under 40 inches
    Trout includes Brown Trout, Lake Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, and trout hybrids (e.g. Tiger Trout)
    • Trout limit is 6, all species combined
    • In rivers and streams, only 2 of the 6 trout may be Cutthroat Trout
    • Does not include Bull Trout and Brook Trout which are listed separately
    Whitefish
    • Whitefish limit is 25
    • Harvest allowed during any open season unless otherwise noted under Special Rules - if gear or bait restrictions are listed, they must be followed when fishing for whitefish
    Protected Nongame Fish includes Northern Leatherside Chub, Bear Lake Sculpin, and Bluehead Sucker (also known as Green Sucker)
    • May not be harvested or possessed
    All Other Fish Species includes bullfrogs and crayfish
    • No bag, size or possession limit
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