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Lake Tahoe Fishing

Resting at 6,230 feet elevation in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Lake Tahoe is approximately 22 miles long, 12 miles wide and 72 miles around. Tahoe is famous for crystal clear waters, and beautiful mackinaw and kokanee salmon.  The best time to fish for makinaw is in the winter.  In summer, you'll want to go for the kokonee salmon.  "Macks" weighing 5- 10 lbs make the most delicious eating, in our opinion.  Some macks may be found in shallow water during early season but most are found at the 200 foot level.  A guide is highly recommended if you are fishing for mackinaw for the first time.  The charter fishing expedition operators have morning and afternoon hours.  Toplining and shore fishing is slow overall.

Here are some links to sport fishing companies that will provide an excellent fishing experience on Lake Tahoe

Below are pictures from a makinaw fishing excursion aboard the "Prophet", operated by Tahoe Sport Fishing Co.

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The 8 ounce weight keeps the line down, and the fisherman's job is to bounce the weight off the bottom.  A little practice is all that is needed, and the guides are extremely helpful.
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The fishing guide baits your hook with fresh bait (minnow), by threading the line through the minnow.  It's not a pleasant task ... and doesn't look like much fun for the minnow.
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The boat's afternoon catch.  Notice at the sunset behind them.  It looks as though the mountains are on fire!
On the way back to port, a guide cleaned and bagged all of the fish for us.
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Map showing the spot where the most fish were caught that day.

Here are some great places for fishing in the Lake Tahoe area.  Be sure to try them all while staying at the TahoeTarns vacation rental home at Zephyr Cove!

The links open pages to detailed information for each place.Est. Distance/Driving Time from Zephyr Cove
(miles)(minutes)
Boca Reservoir47.067
Caples Lake38.253
Davis Lake104.8118
Desolation Wilderness (Eagle Falls T/H)17.631
Desolation Wilderness (Glen Alpine T/H)17.136
Desolation Wilderness (Pyramid Cr. T/H)24.738
Donner Lake47.366
Echo Lakes19.534
Fallen Leaf Lake16.835
Frenchman's Reservoir92.2110
Martis Creek Reservoir37.857
Prosser Creek Reservoir42.361
Stampede Reservoir51.778
Sugar Pine Point26.151
Truckee River36.254

Zephyr Cove, South Lake Tahoe / Maria & Bob Tarn / Maria@TahoeTarns.com
This page updated 12/30/14