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Lake Tahoe Fishing F.A.Q's

How to Fish Lake Tahoe

Mackinaw Trout FishermanThe most effective bait on Tahoe tends to be live bait. Some anglers do believe flat fish, J-Plugs and Repalas can be equally effective.

There are a few locations that catch fish from shore. Areas like the Tahoe Keys, Cave Rock, South Lake Tahoe and Kings Beach offer good chances of catching fish.

To enjoy the best fishing trip Lake Tahoe has to offer, we recommend booking a Lake Tahoe fishing charter with Nor-Cal Charters.

What to Expect

We strongly recommend dressing in layers. Due to our location in the beautiful Sierra Mountains, we experience a significant difference in the morning temperatures versus the afternoon temperatures. The best way to stay warm in the morning and comfortable in the afternoon is to have at least three layers.

Sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat are a must on Lake Tahoe when fishing. Even if the weather is calling for a cloudy day, you can still get sunburned. We provide a light snack (donuts/Danishes or chips) on our boat. However, if you’re a big breakfast or lunch eater we recommend bringing additional food to hold you over until you can get home and cook your fish.

Sea-sickness is rarely a problem due to our typical 3-inch waves. As always, we recommend that our clients come out fishing well-rested and feeling great!

Lastly and most importantly, bring a camera with fully charged battery (or film) to be able to show your friends how much fun you had fishing Lake Tahoe with us.

Here at Nor-Cal Charters we want to ensure you have the most memorable and best fishing trip possible. After years of being Lake Tahoe fishing guides and regularly going on fishing charters around the country, we have gathered some suggestions for making your trip as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

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Fishing License

To purchase a California fishing license, please visit the Fish & Wildlife online sales website.

Having Your Fish Cooked

Located just a short drive from the Heavenly Mountain gondola, MacDuff’s offers a wide selection of traditional pub fare made from only the highest quality ingredients as well as freshly-made pizzas from our wood-fired oven. Whether you’re in the mood for a quality meal or just some drinks after a day of skiing, be sure to visit MacDuff’s Public House.

Lake Tahoe Fish Species
Lake Trout (Mackinaw)
Mackinaw Lake Trout Fishing

The most prominent fish in the lake is the mackinaw (lake trout). They can be found in almost any depths, but usually enjoy steep sandy shelfs between 120 and 300 feet. Lake Tahoe also has Rainbow, brown, cutthroat, and silver trout. Limit is 5 per angler and no more then two can be mackinaw.

Kokanee Salmon
Tahoe Salmon Fishing

The Kokanee salmon is a land locked silver salmon. They living in the lake and run up Taylor Creek after 4 years to spawn. they can be caught jigging or trolling and the limit is 5 per person.

Sunset Fishing on Lake Tahoe

The remaining fish in the Lake are limited to bays or estuaries such as the Tahoe Keys: Bass, Crapie, bluegill, Mountain Whitefish, Minnows, Goldfish, Catfish, Sculpin and Crawfish.