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Reservoir Information, Lower Bear River Reservoir
Bear River Reservoir

Suggested Flies for Bear River Reservoir:
Western Sierra Hatch Selection

Other Local Favorites:

Stillwater Flies:
Mohair Leech #8-10
Woolly Bugger, Brown and Olive #6-8
Denny's Seal Bugger #8-10
J.Fair's Wiggle Tail #8-10

Directions: From Jackson, at junction of Highways 49-88, go East 47 miles on Highway 88 to USFS Road 8N03. Turn South and go 2 miles to lake.

Notes: Lower Bear River ReservoirLower Bear River Reservoir is a 727 acre lake at 5800 feet elevation that gets a lot of fishermen trolling hardware with leadcore lines and baitfishermen around the Dam. Just above the lower lake is an upper dam that forms the Upper Bear River Reservoir. This is a 166 acre lake that is about 1 mile long and does not have the boat launching facilities that the lower lake enjoys. The lower lake is stocked with 13,000 rainbows and 7,200 Browns annually by DFG. The Bear River Resort adds 1000 lbs of trophy sized rainbows, 3-10 lbs., in early June and another 1000 lbs. in September. The upper lake is stocked with Kamloop Rainbow fingerlings. The area has a number of OHV trails for 4 WD enthusiasts. Lower Bear Reservoir gets most of the attention with all types of water activity including water skiing and sailing. A marina is available at Bear River Lake Resort. For secluded fishing, the upper lake offers a better opportunity. The flyfishing opportunities are best during early season around May-June and also in the Fall around September-October. Try the inlet of the Upper Bear River Reservoir and the Dam with a Float Tube using Bugger patterns. Also try following the contours of the shoreline on the lower Bear River Reservoir.

Devil's Lake: Drive out the road on the east side of the reservoir to Deer Valley. There turn north on the Devils Lake dirt road, following it for 1.3 miles. Park there and continue on the trail to the lake, a 1.6 mile hike, climbing 500 feet. The tree-lined shorelines make great places for picnics. Fishing in the lake is good for brook trout.

Salt Spring Reservoir: The North Fork above Salt Springs Reservoir is also a good flyfishing opportunity during the early season. By July, however, the water flows greatly diminish and the fish are under considerable stress.

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