Monster Cisco Disco & Tournament

Dip net for Cisco fish on the east side of Bear Lake at dawn with your valid Utah or Idaho fishing license. Traditionally “Cisco Beach” is the best place to go. State Park entrance fee applies but is well worth it.

A free breakfast (donations welcome) of fried Cisco & scones will be served near the boat ramp at Cisco Beach. There will also be some dipnets available to borrow for free at that location if you want to try your hand at dipnetting for Cisco (fishing license required).

Bring your BIGGEST little Cisco fish to the Utah State Park Marina. Cisco fish must be caught between 6am and noon on January 23, 2021. Winners announced at the Awards Ceremony.  Kid category and adult category both have great prizes. No cost to enter the contest.

Fishing Licenses: They can be purchased at the Shell in Garden City, or online HERE.

See full contest rules below.

Bear Lake Fishing Report – Thursday, January 21, 2021

Bear Lake surface water temperature is 33 degrees and there are a few small sheets of ice floating on the lake so beware of them and use caution when boating.  Boat ramps that are available for launching at this time include: the Bear Lake State Park marina, First Point, and Rainbow Cove.  You can also launch boats at the inlet structure in Idaho at the very north end of the lake at the Idaho State Park.

The Bonneville Cisco run has started.  No fish have been dipnetted along the shoreline yet.  Anglers are only catching cisco by jigging from boats at this time.  Anglers have been able to catch limits of cisco in approximately 2-3 hours off the “rockpile” area.  Also try jigging for cisco off the pump house on the east side of the lake.  We expect the cisco to run along the shoreline at Cisco Beach and off the State Park marina any day now, but the dipnetting will be extremely dependent on the weather.  If the wind is blowing the cisco will move farther off shore and be inaccessible to anglers.  If you’re coming up to try to dipnet cisco, bring waders so you can get into the water and, more importantly, to stay dry.

When jigging/snagging for cisco, use a vertical jigging spoon such as a Kastmaster or Swedish Pimple.

-Scott A. Tolentino, Fisheries Biologist
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources