Bear Lake is home to a trophy cutthroat trout fishery where the Idaho State record cutthroat of 19 lbs. was caught. Lake trout also inhabit the lake and may grow to 30 lbs. Trolling and jigging from boats can be done throughout the year (winter and spring months being the most productive).
Tarkiln Bayou is a preserve and is part of the Florida State Park System. To enter Tarkiln Bayou, you’ll need to either have a State Park Pass or pay a day-use fee. A fishing license is also required.
There is handicap-accessible fishing allowed at the end of a boardwalk, a one-half mile walk from the parking area. This is known as the Tarkiln Bayou Preserve Fishing Pier. There are more remote fishing spots available on the Bayou if you are willing to get creative. Canoes work great for paddling into these spots, but it can be challenging to launch into the water easily. Waters can get pretty shallow, so keep this in mind when choosing lures and other equipment. The best fishing time is early afternoon.
On your way to the lake and while on the water, be sure to check out the unique plants and animals onshore, including alligator snapping turtles and the pitcher plant.
Tarkiln Bayou Fish:
Tarkiln Bayou boat ramps:
The following boat ramps provide access to Tarkiln Bayou.