El Dorado County, Northern California

Fallen Leaf Lake Fishing

Fishing at Fallen Leaf Lake

Fallen Leaf Lake has kokanee salmon, Mackinaw trout, brown trout, and rainbows. Lahontan cutthroat trout were fished out at Fallen Leaf decades ago, but have recently been reintroduced.

Where to Fish on Fallen Leaf Lake

Fishing is good almost anywhere on the lake. While some anglers targeting Mackinaws favor the early morning, others have had good success in the afternoons. Mackinaws tend to stay deep, near the bottom, often below 100 feet. Many trollers prefer the east side of the lake, especially along the northern end. Anglers seeking brown trout in particular like the shorelines.

From the shore fishermen do fairly well near the inlet of Glen Alpine Creek and around the campground at the north end of the lake. Float tubers, wary of the winds, have had good success close to shore in Sawmill Cove. Underwater investigations of the lake have found the remnant of ancient forests on the bottom, perhaps thousands of years old.

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Which Baits and Lures Work the Best?

Fallen Leaf Lake Area Fishing Supplies

Fishing Map of Fallen Leaf Lake

Which Baits and Lures Are Catching Fish at Fallen Leaf Lake?

Mackinaw: Trolling with minnows (from the lake), Flatfish, J-Plugs, Gibbs Minnow Jigs, Apex Trolling Lures
Kokanee Salmon: Troll with Needlefish, Apex Kokanee Specials, Mack's Wedding Rings, Father Murphy's Kokanee Bugs, Hum Dingers, Cripplures
Brown Trout: Troll with Rebels, Rapals, Rapala Floaters
Rainbow Trout: Nightcrawlers, Kastmaster Lures, Panther Martins, Salmon eggs, Mepps Lures

Trophy Fish Lurking in Fallen Leaf Lake

Mackinaw Trout: Reports of Mackinaws weight up to 20 pounds.
Kokanee Salmon: A 3 pound 12 ounce kokanee was caught in 2001.


Fallen Leaf Lake
Fishing Tackle and Bait

Fallen Leaf Lake General Store
South end of
Fallen Leaf Lake, CA
(530) 544-5323

Fallen Leaf Lake General Store
Fishing supplies, store, cafe and deli
Summer Hours: 8 AM - 6 PM

Tahoe Bait and Tackle
900 Ski Run Blvd., #102
South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 541-1412

Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters
2705 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 541-8208

Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters

2556 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 542-3474

Swigard's True Value Hardware
200 North Lake Boulevard, Sunnyside-Tahoe City, CA
(530) 583-3738

True Value Hardware

Tahoma PDQ Market
6937 W Lake Blvd, Tahoma, CA