Placer County, Northern California
Washoe & Carson City Counties, Nevada

Lake Tahoe Fishing

Fishing at Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe's deep waters are home to 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 between Skunk Harbor and Sand Harbor and along the edge that extends from Crystal Bay Point southwest for a mile or two.

Fishing from shore, some of the best location are the area just south of Sand Harbor, along the west shore south of Tahoe City, at McKinney Bay, off Dollar Point, and off the east side of Crystal Bay Point.

Much More Below

Lake Tahoe Record Fish   Best Baits and Lures

Guides and Charter Services   Fishing Supplies

Fishing Map of Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe Map

Fishing Boat Rentals

Rent fishing boats for the morning at Tahoe City Marina. Hourly and half day rates.
North Lake Tahoe Boating

Record Fish from Lake Tahoe

  • Rainbow Trout - 11 pounds, 7 ounces, caught by Chuck McMeechan in 1997
  • Cutthroat Trout* - 31 pounds, 8 ounces, caught by Ernest Pomin in 1911
  • Mackinaw Trout - 37 pounds, 6 ounces, caught by Robert G. Aronsen in June 1974
  • Brown Trout - 15 pounds, 2 ounces, caught by Don Nanounouchi in June 2008
  • Kokanee Salmon - 4 pounds, 13 ounces, caught by Dick Bournique in August 1973
  • Brook Trout - 5 pounds, caught by Fran Oppio in 1969

Which Baits and Lures Are Catching Fish at Lake Tahoe?

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

Lake Tahoe Fishing Charters and Guide Services

Hooked Up Sport Fishing
  5000 North Lake Blvd.
  Carnelian Bay, CA
  (775) 772-1453 or (530) 546-2221
Hooked Up Sport Fishing
5 to 6 hour fishing charters. Owner Hans Moxley who has been fishing Lake Tahoe for over 15 years. Troll deep waters from his from 24-foot Trophy Fishing Boat.

Chuck's Guide Service
  8545 N. Lake Blvd.
  Kings Beach, CA
  (530) 546-8425

Chuck Self has fished the Tahoe area for over 39 years. He will take you out in his 28-foot Jetcraft Kingfisher, complete with enclosed cabin an restroom. Two trips daily.

Kingfish Guide Service
  Tahoe City, CA
 (530) 525-5360

Year round fishing charters on Lake Tahoe.

Sierra Fin Addicts Guide Service
  Start from Sand Harbor or Hyatt Regency
  Incline Village, NV
  ( 775) 225-0979

Website: Sierra Fin Addicts
They offer both open and private fishing charters on Lake Tahoe. Morning or afternoon trips last 5 hours.

Reel Magic Sportfishing
  700 N. Lake Blvd. #A23
  Tahoe City, CA
  (530) 587-6027

Head out onto Tahoe aboard a 26-foot Sea Ray cabin cruiser in groups from 2 - 6 people.

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

Mickey's Big Mack Charters
  Located at Sierra Boat Company
 Carnelian Bay, CA
 (530) 546-4444 or (800) 877-1462

Mickey's Big Mack Fishing Charters
Guides with over 35 years of experience fishing Lake Tahoe. Fish from a 43-foot Sportfisher loaded with all the latest equipment.


Lake Tahoe
Fishing Tackle and Bait

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

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

Sportman's Warehouse
3306 Kietzke Lane, Reno, NV
(775) 828-1500

Sportsman's Warehouse

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

True Value Hardware

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

Village Ace Hardware

Tahoma PDQ Market
6937 W Lake Blvd, Tahoma, CA

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


Bass Pro Shops
5472 Crossings Dr, Rocklin, CA
(916) 251-3731
Huge new store

Bass Pro Shops

Cabela's Reno
8650 Boomtown Road
Verdi, NV
(775) 829-4100

Cabela's Reno