Things to do Lake Tahoe Fishing

Not only is Lake Tahoe the largest alpine Lake in North America and offers a variety of fishing experiences, it is also surrounded by plenty of streams, rivers, and several backcountry lakes. Whether you prefer a casual day of casting from the shore, hire an expert guide, or decide to charter a boat, the opportunities in the Tahoe Basin are plentiful.

Brown trout, rainbow trout, Mackinaw trout and Kokanee salmon preside in Lake Tahoe’s deep waters, so the most successful anglers tend to enjoy the sport from a boat, according to California’s Greatest Lakes. However, fishing from the shore’s of Lake Tahoe can prove to be a perfect catch, especially south of Sand Harbor, along the west shore south of Tahoe City, and other points along the North Shore.

According to the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, the Upper Truckee River offers ideal conditions during the early part of the fishing season, although fishing is closed year-round from the dam to 1,000 feet downstream.

Sawmill Lake, a 10-acre private lake inside Northstar California, is renowned for its “fighting rainbow trout,” although the lake is reserved for catch-and-release fly-fishing only.

The North Lake Tahoe and Truckee offer plenty of fishing hot spots and adventures to discover. See below for resources to get you casting your next angler adventure.

Note: fishing regulations and license fees vary between California and Nevada and a license is always required to fish in either state.

Bait and Tackle Shops

To tell the tale of all fishing tales, scroll and click to find the gear that will set you up to cast from the best North Lake Tahoe rivers and shorelines.

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Guides and Charters

You’ll need a bigger boat if you want to get your group out on the water. Winter and summer, North Lake Tahoe charters and guided fishing tours are a scroll and click away.

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Fishing Hot Spots

Knowing that the weather and water conditions are changing all the time, you’ll want some input before you commit yourself to a specific spot on the river or shore fishing along on the lake. Click and scroll to consult our list of North Lake Tahoe fishing hot spots.

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