Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Idaho
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Idaho Project

Production of wild Bonneville Cutthroat Trout in Bear Lake: evaluation of a harvest fishery

January 2019 - December 2021


Participating Agencies

  • Idaho Department of Fish & Game
  • Idaho Department of Fish and Game

Bear Lake is an oligotrophic, dimictic lake located in southeast Idaho and northeast Utah. The system supports popular fisheries for Bonneville Cutthroat Trout (BCT) Oncorhynchus clarkii utah and introduced Lake Trout Salvelinus namaycush. This project is focused on providing a better understanding of the ecology of BCT in the system with a specific focus on evaluating different scenarios for managing the BCT fishery.