Photo of Lake Tahoe at Bliss State Park, CA

South Lake Tahoe Fishing

Lake Tahoe's deep waters are home to both brown trout, rainbow trout, Mackinaw trout, and Kokanee salmon. Fishing is allowed year round from one hour before sunrise until two hours after sunset. Fishing is not allowed within 300 feet of lake tributaries from October 1 to June 30. The limit is 5 fish; no more than two of which may be Mackinaw. California or Nevada fishing licenses may be used anywhere on the lake. Check California Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulations for any updates.

Where to Fish on Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is fished most successfully from a boat, preferably one equipped to stand up to the wind that is bound to come up by late morning. Fishing deep is often the rule at Tahoe. Mackinaw are known to school at about 200 feet and lower. Brown and Rainbows can be caught by toplining along the shorelines. Trollers do well working the drop-off along the east shore near Cave Rock. Another good area is along the west shore from Rubicon Point to Sugar Pine Point.

Fishing from shore, the best location by far is around Cave Rock. Kokanee fishing is good near the mouth of Taylor Creek.

Fishing Map of South Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe Record Fish

Best Baits and Lures

Rainbow and Brown Trout: Small Lures, Nightcrawlers, Salmon Eggs, Rapala Plugs, Black F40 Rebel Minnow coated with Pautzke Liquid Krill, Flatfish Plugs, Rebel, Bomber,
Mackinaw Trout: Minnows, Night Crawlers, Lures, downriggers popular for the depths at Tahoe
Kokanee: Spoons, Spinners, Hoochies, everything behind a Dodger


Fishing Guides and Charters

Tahoe Sport Fishing Co.
  Ski Run Marina and
  Zephyr Cove Marina
  (800) 696-7797

Website: Tahoe Sport Fishing Co.
Experienced captains will guide you to the best spots for trolling, drifting and jigging. Morning and Afternoon ride-alongs or Private Charters. A fleet of fishing boats from 30 to 45 feet.

Mile High Fishing Charters
  2438 Venice Dr. East
  South Lake Tahoe, CA
  (866) 752-FISH or (530) 541-5312

Captain Joby Cefalu will guide you to the best fishing Tahoe has to offer in his fully equipped 28-foot Fish Rite boat. Joby Cefalu grew up fishing Lake Tahoe and knows the lake.

Blue Ribbon Fishing Charters
Launches from Cave Rock,
 near Glenbrook Bay, NV
  ( 530) 544-6552

Website: Blue Ribbon Fishing Charters
Trophy Trout and light tackle specialist Captain Gene St. Denis has been fishing Lake Tahoe since 1981. Gene knows where the fish are and how to catch them.

Tahoe Angler Sportfishing
  South Lake Tahoe, CA
  (530) 542-2019

Captain Tim Hennessy is a master of light tackle fishing in Lake Tahoe. Learn light tackle jigging techniques for Mackinaws.

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

Website: Tahoe Fly fishing Outfitters
A team of fly fishing experts are ready to show you the best fly fishing spots around Lake Tahoe, including the East Carson River, the Truckee River, and a number of private fishing properties.

Tight Lines Fishing Guide Service
Tight Lines Guide Service offers professionally guided fishing trips on the Sacramento River, Lake Tahoe, Stampede Reservoir, Donner Lake, Oroville, and Folsom Lake. "We specialize in King Salmon fishing, Striper fishing, Kokanee, Trout, Land Locked King Salmon, and Mackinaw Trout fishing. James has decades of experience and has two boats for different trips, check out our website or give us a call to book a trip!"
Website: Tight Lines Fishing Guide Service

O'Malley's Fishing Charters
  325 Hwy. 50
  Stateline, NV
 (775) 588-4102

Website: O'Malley's Fishing Charters
Captain Leonard O'Malley is experienced in drifting, jigging, and trolling. He knows the best places to fish for Kokanee and trout on Lake Tahoe.


Bait and Tackle Shops

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

Village Ace Hardware
910 Tahoe Blvd., #10
Incline Village, NV
(775) 831-2020

Village Ace Hardware

Chuck's Bait and Tackle
8545 N. Lake Blvd.. Kings Beach, CA
(530) 546-8425

Walmart Supercenter
910 Tahoe Blvd., #10
3770 South Highway 395
Carson City, NV
(775) 267-2158


Mountain Hardware Sports
11320 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee, CA
(530) 587-4844

Mountain Hardware Sports

Rowdyville Fly Shop
10068 Hirschdale Rd. Truckee, CA
(530) 587-8282

Rowdyville Fly Shop


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