Fishing in Lake Tahoe and the
There is no shortage of fishing opportunities here in the Tahoe
Whether you prefer fly fishing a quiet stream, or trolling the deep
blue waters of Lake Tahoe, you can find it here, plus so much more.
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Nevada Fishing license information-
From the Nevada Department of wildlife. Includes forecasts, fishing
reports, and a list of places you can get your license. Note there are
different requirements listed for interstate waters, such as Lake
Tahoe. Nevada Free fishing days
California Fishing License information-
From the California Department of Fish & Game. Information on
licenses, stocking, and more. Lake Tahoe
tributaries can be fished only from July 1-September 30. Tributaries
are defined as the area from the first lake upstream to 300 feet into
Lake Tahoe. Free days this year (2015) in
California are July 4 and
Fish in the Tahoe area include
Mackinaw (Lake) Trout, Rainbow Trout, Lahontan Cutthroat Trout, Kokanee
Salmon, Brown Trout, Brook Trout and in some areas like the Tahoe Keys
you will find Bass and Catfish.
Fishing some of the secluded lakes of the Sierra can provide an
excellent opportunity for for family bonding. But what about the really
young ones? Fortunately, the Lake Tahoe area has excellent
opportunities for them as well, both locations and events. In South
Lake Tahoe, Sawmill Pond (map)
is an excellent place for young ones to learn. It is for kids fifteen
and under and parents are welcome to help, but not allowed to fish
themselves. In the Carson Valley, Lampe Park is the home of the Kids
Fishing Derby which has been held there since 1990. Not quite the same
experience, but a great way to let youngsters catch their first fish is
the Trout Farm across from Meeks lumber's South Lake Tahoe location.
- Big Blue is best fished from a big boat. There are a number of
fishing charters available as well as plenty of rental boats.
Additionally, shore fishing is good at certain places most of which are
on the east shore. Cave Rock is among the most accessible of these.
Lake Tahoe has Brown and Rainbow Trout as well as the mighty deep
dwelling Mackinaw and the land-locked Kokanee Salmon. Lahontan
Cutthroat Trout are no longer viable since their young are predated by
the Mackinaw, which is not a native fish.
Note- Most operations will clean your catch and some restaurants will
prepare them for you for a nominal charge. This does take extra time so
it is a very good idea to take them the fish when you get off the boat,
and make a reservation for later. Your guide should know about some
restaurants that will do this. Looking to charter a boat? Try Lake
Leaf Lake - The second largest lake in the
Tahoe Basin is Fallen Leaf Lake. The fishing is generally very good and
there are numerous points to fish from shore as well as boat rentals,
slips and a ramp. Fish include Rainbows, Mackinaw, and Brown Trout.
While the native Lahontan Cutthroat Trout is unable to replenish its
species in Lake Tahoe due to the hand of man, success is being had at
Fallen Leaf Lake.
Lake - Fallen Leaf Lake's little sister
provides excellent fishing for those willing to hike to it. The
accessible portion of the lake is private property and they will take
your fish before turning you in (at least I guess). However, hiking
from the Bayview Trailhead at Emerald Bay will get you towards the far
end of the lake. The fishing is good but it is quite a scramble to get
down to the lake, which is rather marshy in spots, from the trail. When
you get near the falls, it is not even worth a try because falling to
your death is a real possibility. Lots of cutthroat trout populate this
lake, as well as rainbows and browns.
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Located west of Carson Pass but east of Caples Lake is Woods Lake, an
alpine gem. The fishing is good but the scenery is better. The
handicapped access is also good here and quite near the parking.
Rainbows and browns are here. Motorized boats are not allowed.
- Echo Lakes provide just about everything any Sierra adventurist could
want. The fishing is excellent, both from the shore and by boat. The
catch includes brown trout, brook trout, Kokanee salmon, and rainbows.
The Kokanee and brook trout represent the only self sustaining
populations. The rest are DFG plants, which occur all summer. The best
shore fishing here occurs near or from the dam. This is also an
excellent ice fishing lake, although the road is closed in the winter.
Echo Lakes are located off of Highway 50 just west of Echo Summit.
These two lakes are located about 9 miles off of Highway 88 on Blue
Lakes Road. If you haven't been recently you will really enjoy the
brand new paved road. The views on the way there make the trip worth
it, regardless of the catch. The lakes are maintained by PG & E
which means that the water level may be a huge factor in drought
periods. This an excellent place to take the family on a
camping/fishing trip though it is best to do it before late summer when
the water levels get too low.
- Caples is a
stunningly beautiful lake in Alpine County located just east of
Kirkwood. There is excellent shore fishing from numerous points in
addition to a boat ramp (and rentals) at Caples
Lake Resort. Rainbow, brown, brook, and Mackinaw trout are
all caught regularly here. Caples is one of the, if not the most
popular ice fishing spot in the Tahoe area. Camping is also available
just across hwy 88 at the Caples Lake Campground.
- West of Kirkwood on Highway 88 is Silver Lake, under the shadow of
Thunder Mountain. This lake is similar to Caples Lake in many respects,
including the beauty and the fishing. Silver Lake has several resorts
including Kay's Silver Lake Resort, the Kit Carson Lodge, and Plasse's
Resort, though wherever it says resort, you should read rustic. Catch
here includes Brook, Brown, Rainbow, and Mackinaw Trout.
Truckee River - (Photos, more info)
The upper Truckee flows from Meiss Meadows to Lake Tahoe. As a Tahoe
tributary the season runs from July 1 thru September 30. It has been
designated as a Wild and Heritage Trout Water,
which means the Department of Fish and Game is attempting to bring back
a sustainable population of the native Lahontan Trout. Fishing is best
near the entrance to Lake Tahoe (especially in July after big snow
years), or in deep pools throughout the length of the river.
Carson River - This river is the longest
un-dammed river in the eastern Sierra and one of the most scenic. It is
important to be aware of the different regulations along this river.
From Carson Falls upstream including tributaries there is no fishing.
From Hangman's Bridge downstream to the Nevada Stateline there is no
keeping, no barbs, and no live bait (or powerbait). From Carson Falls
to Hangman's Bridge there is a five catch limit. Fish include rainbows,
lahontan cutthroat, browns, and mountain whitefish. Once on the Nevada
side, standard Nevada regulations apply.
Carson River - The west fork of the Carson
river flows from Faith Valley through the length of beautiful Hope
Valley until it meets the east fork in Carson Valley. this is a very
accessible river since it's entire length is along Highway 88 or the
recently paved Blue Lakes Road. The river is stocked regularly by DFG
and Alpine County with rainbows and cutthroat. Due to years of cattle
on areas surrounding the river, it is not a good area for a self
sustaining trout population. The cover that typically surrounds a
streambed and provides shade and insect life had been overly trampled.
The grazing has been eliminated and the river is recovering.
For the little ones (people, not fish) you can consider Trout Creek
farm in South Lake Tahoe or Sawmill Pond past the Y. A license is not
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