Lake Tahoe


It is the biggest alpine lake in the US and it has clear and cold waters which makes you surprised. The lake is located on the border of two states, 1/3 of it in Nevada and 2/3 in California. Late spring and summer are the time anglers get the best luck in fishing. Rainbow, Brook, Brown, Mackinaw Trout are most common in the lake. Kokanee is popular too.


What kinds of fish are in Lake Tahoe?

Mackinaw are the most caught species year – round and it ranges between 16 and 25 inches.. Mackinaw Trout prefer cold waters and the best time to go after Mackinaw is from March to June. The biggest Mackinaw of California was caught on Lake Tahoe in 1974. Jigging and Trolling with downriggers are two suitable techniques to get Mackinaw. Trolling is more productive, and better for offshore fishing in the middle of the lake. Mackinaw Trout’s mouth is soft so angler should set the hook carefully. 

The high season of Kokanee is from July to October.

Rainbow Trout is the top third catch and you can get a good number of Trout from May to the mid of November.

Brown and Brook Trout are less common. The best time for catching both of these species is early summer.

Anglers can get good numbers of Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass in Tahoe Keys.  Bass like warm and shallow waters. There are still many species for you to catch in Tahoe Lake. From Crappie, Bluegill to Whitefish, Catfish all can be frequent catches.

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Type of fishing on Lake Tahoe

Fishing from Shore

The east side is the crowded place where anglers usually choose to get their lines wet from land. Kings Beach, Cave Rock and Tahoe Keys are good places too. Rainbow, Bass, Crappie and Brown Trout are caught well during the warmest time for shore anglers.

Fishing Aboard a Charter

Tahoe is a really big lake. Lake Tahoe is 22 miles long, 12 miles wide, and has 72 miles of shoreline. The surface area covers 191 square miles. Lake Tahoe's greatest depth of 1,645 feet makes it the second deepest lake in the United States. So of course, you do not know where to go. By hiring a boat, you can save time and get the best result after the fishing trip. 

Kayak Fishing

Trolling and Jigging are the most common techniques to get Kokanee and Trout and the high season for kayak fishing is July through October. A good – sized Mackinaw can be found in the middle of the Lake, especially in late summer.


Lake Tahoe and the surrounding waters definitely provide many types of fish to catch and nice memories to bring back after the fishing trip. The lakes, rivers, streams have good numbers of Mackinaw, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, and Kokanee Salmon and it has a less extended Largemouth Bass. There are some rivers, streams near Lake Tahoe. 

West Shore Lake Tahoe – Truckee River 

The main Truckee River flows out of Lake Tahoe at Fanny Bridge where people can watch the huge Trout dwell in the current there. Anglers can go fishing with lures, flies and bait as the river is full of runs, riffles and deep pools. Rainbows, Browns and Brook Trout are commonly hooked here.

North Lake Tahoe – Boca and Stampede Reservoirs, Donner Lake, Upper Truckee

Boca and Stampede Reservoirs are not far from Truckee river so if anglers have times more than one day , they can easily hook both places. Like Truckee, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Brook Trout all are found in Boca and Stampede Reservoirs.

Donner Lake is productive and offers good fishing for Kokanee, Mackinaw, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout and Brook Trout. Public Piers on the North shore of the lake are free for fishing. 

Upper Truckee is a great place to throw a fly for wild Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout, but it only open from July 1 to September 30. 


South Lake Tahoe – Caples Lake, Taylor Creek, Fallen Leaf Lake, Upper Truckee River

Caples is a deep reservoir with a steep side where you can catch Mackinaw, Browns, Rainbows and Brookies.

Taylor Creek is a major tributary to Lake Tahoe and is open from July 1 to September 30. The Taylor Creek Visitor Center holds the fall Kokanee Salmon Festival each year and it is worth it for you to buy a flight ticket. Kokanee are freshwater inland Sockeye. You can see them in a lovely creek in the fall.

Fallen Leaf Lake used to have Mackinaw and Rainbows. Now you can hook good sized Mackinaw and Rainbow Trout. The best times are early and late when Trout are up near the surface feeding.