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Summer Activities - Fishing Areas & Charters Lake Tahoe Fishing Photos

People who really want a taste of the great outdoors should do some fishing while at Lake Tahoe. The Lake's game fish include Mackinaw - lake trout, brown, rainbow, eastern brook, golden and cutthroat trout, kokanee salmon and white fish. Fishing season doesn't end when winter comes to the Lake, either. All of Lake Tahoe and the region's hundreds of smaller back-country lakes are open for fishing year-round, with ice fishing becoming a popular pastime in the winter months.
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Relax and fish off lakeside piers, or take a rowboat out to the center of the Lake. For a full-blown angling adventure, take a fishing charter. An experienced captain and fisherman will take up to six people out on a large, walkaround boat for an afternoon of the rod and reel. Novices can learn and old hands can improve their skills at trolling, jigging or drifting and live bait fishing.

Fishing & Fly Fishing Charters
Tahoe Sport Fishing (800) 696-7797

Lake Tahoe Sport Fishing

Established 1953. Practice makes perfect. Largest Sport Fishing Fleet on Lake Tahoe. Departures from Ski Run Village Marina and Zephyr Cove Resort Marina.

Marina Village Ski Run
900 Ski Run Boulevard, Suite 102
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Phone: (530) 541-5448

Zephyr Cove Marina
760 Highway 50
Zephyr Cove, NV 89448
Phone: (775) 586-9338

Don Sheetz (530) 541-5566

Don Sheetz Fishing Guide

For the past 28 years Don Sheetz has led fishing expeditions on the beautiful blue waters of Lake Tahoe. Let Don lead you, Call Today!

Don Sheetz Fishing Guide
Tahoe Keys Marina
Phone: (530) 541-5566

Stillwater Guide Service (Fly-Fishing)
(775) 747-0312
(888) 867-2127
Tahoe Angler Sportfishing

A-Action Blue Ribbon Fishing Charters
Eagle Point Fishing Charters
Located at Camp Richardson

A-Action High Sierra Fishing Adventures
First Strike Sportfishing
Tahoe Keys Marina

Alpine Fly Fishing Service
Hernandez Bruce Guide Service
Tahoe Keys Marina

Avid Fisherman Professional Sport Fishing Charters
Lake Tahoe Adventures

Dennis's Eagle Point Fishing Charters
O'Malley's Fishing Charters

Don's Fishing Charters
Tahoe Fly Fishing Guides

Fishing Supplies
Fly Fishing Outfitters - Tahoe
3433 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
The Sportsman
2556 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
California Trout Unlimited
The Fly Fishing Resource Guide
NDOW - Nevada Division of Wildlife
The Nevada Division of Wildlife is the boating safety, education and enforcement agency for the state of Nevada. The boating safety office is responsible for boating education, safety and law enforcement.

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Where to Fish?

The best fishing spots around Tahoe are usually kept as secret as a gold miner's claim. But the following locations have been shared with us. Each spot listed has a number corresponding to the map. For more detail, consult the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit map, available from most Forest Service offices for $3.00 plus tax.

1. Upper Truckee River - The Upper Truckee is fed from the waters of Meiss Country south of HIghway 89. Fishing is good in the deep pools during the early part of fishing season.

2. Echo Lakes - Just a short drive off of Highway 50, you can try both boat and shore fishing here. shore fishing is usually good from the dam. Please respect the rights of private property and homeowners around the lake.

3. Sawmill Pond - A stocked pond for children 15 years of age and under. Adults are allowed to help children fish but are not allowed to fish themselves. The pond is located 1 mile south of South Lake Tahoe along Lake Tahoe Boulevard.

4. Fallen Leaf Lake - The best fishing is from a boat, but occasionaly fish can be taken from the shore with a good cast. The lake is a short walk from Fallen Leaf Lake Road or Fallen Leaf Campground. Fishing with-in 250 feet of the dam is illegal.

5. Lake Tahoe - The best fishing is in deep water from a boat. For shore fishing, try places where the shoreline drops off quickly such as Rubicon Point on the west shore or Cave Rock on the east shore. A day use fee is charged at both of these areas. Fishing is closed in the lake within 300 feet of its tributaries and upstream to the first lake from October 1 through June 30. The rest of the year the entire lake is open.

6. Truckee River - Lake Tahoe's only outlet, the Truckee starts it's journey from Lake Tahoe's dam at Tahoe City and continues along Highway 89 to the town of Truckee. Fishing is closed year around from the dam to 1,000 feet downstream. Certain other sections of the Truckee are closed year around. Check the fishing regulations for specific information.

7. Carson River, West Fork - Flowing through Hope Faith and Chairty Valleys, this portion of the river receives consideralbe use. It is located south of Lake Tahoe along HIghway 88 and also flows along Blue Lakes Road.

8. Carson River, East Fork - Closed to all fishing above Carson Falls. From Hangmans' Bridge (south of Markleeville) downstream to the Nevada state line, there is a minimum size limit of 14 inches and you must use artificial lures with single barbless hooks.

9. Blue Lakes - A series of lakes located south of the Tahoe Basin, 12 miles off of Highway 88. At over 8,000 feet they are some of the highest lakes accessible by automobile. Camping is available nearby. fishing is reported to be good off the dams where the two lakes connect.

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Licenses: Any person, 16 years of age or older, must have a valid California or Nevada sport fishing license to fish in Lake Tahoe. Surrounding lakes and streams require a license for the state in which the person is fishing.

Seasons: Seasons vary. Check a copy of the current fishing regulations for information.

Hours: Fishing in Lake Tahoe is legal one hour before sunrise to two hours after sunset. In all other bodies of water in the Tahoe area (Sierra District) fishing is legal one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.

Limits: The daily limit for Lake Tahoe is 5 trout, but no more than 2 mackinaw. Most other lakes and streams in the Tahoe Basin have al imit of 5 trout. Check a current copy of the Fish and Game regulations for specific information.

Live Bait: No fish may be used for bait or possessed for use as bait in Lake Tahoe, Fallen Leaf Lake, or Donner Lake unless takend from that lake. Live bait in these lakes are limited to the following: Lahontan redside shiner, Tui chub, Tahoe sucker, Lahanton mountain sucker, Piute sculpin and Lahanton speckled dace. Chumming is illegal.

>Lake Tahoe Fishing Techniques
The skillful angler minimizes the disadvantages to Tahoe's wonderfully clear water in the following ways:

(1) Avoid fishing during times of mirror like calm, unless fishing deep for Mackinaw. Even a slight surgace riffle will break up shadows cast on the bottom and will partially obliterate the angler from view.

(2) Use a light monofilament line.

(3) Use very long line for trolling or make very long casts if fishing from shore.