Fishing Spots - Fishing in Lake Tahoe

Boca Reservoir (34,735 ac. ft.) (area map)
  • 2 miles north of the Boca exit off I-80 on Stampede Dam Rd.
  • Good early and late shore fishing with trolling a favorite on the lake. Also shore fish the rocky sections of the stream inlet to the reservoir. Shore fishing is fruitful using inflated nightcrawlers for trout near the dam and inlet area or switch to power bait and salmon eggs for rainbows. If trolling, try flashers and Kokanee bugs for Kokanee. Switch to a flasher/worm combination or minnow imitating lures for better success. Fly fisherman are doing fair-to-good near the inlet with a variety of nymphs, streamers and emergers.
  • For more information contact the Truckee Ranger Station at (530) 478-6257.
Caples Lake (area map)
  • Located about 60 miles east of Jackson and directly south of Lake Tahoe at 7,950 feet elevation, Caples contains 600 surface acres of mountain water. All boating is permitted at 5 mph restriction with launching facilities and boat rentals available. Limited to trout for the fisherman, however a good quantity of quality rainbow, brown, brook, and cutthroat trout are available.
  • For more information contact Amador Ranger Station at (209) 295-4251.
Davis Lake(area map)
  • Reports indicate that fishing has been good and that there have been a number of people fishing.
  • For more information contact the Mohawk Ranger Station at (530) 836-2575.
Donner Lake(area map)
  • Shore fisherman can expect Browns and Rainbows dunking night crawlers, power bait, or salmon eggs near the boat ramp or the west end of the beach. Top liners have the best luck in in the shallow water using flasher/worm combinations or minnow imitating lures. Trollers go for Mackinaw using a minnow imitating lure or jig for the best results. Early on the macks may be found in the shallows.
  • For more information contact Donner State Park at (530) 582-7892
Echo Lakes (area map)
  • Shore fish from the dam or go deep with a boat. Near Echo Summit.
Fallen Leaf Lake (area map)
  • Approximately 30 miles southeast of Tahoe City at an elevation of 6,400 feet just short distance off the south shores of Lake Tahoe, Fallen Leaf Lake permits boating and rentals are available at the lake. Gas and launching facilities are available as well as bait, tackle, groceries, and supplies. Fishing is limited to rainbow, brown, and mackinaw trout but usually very rewarding.
  • Best from a boat, illegal within 250 feet of dam.
  • For more information contact US Forest Service (530) 573-2600
Frenchman's Reservoir (area map)
  • Located 80 miles west of Highway 395, and 25 miles south of Susanville, Frenchman rests at an elevation of 5,558 feet and has 21 miles of sage and pine covered shoreline. All boating is permitted as well as overnight boating. Frenchman has two boat ramps that are easily accessible except during severe winter weather. Well known for excellent rainbow and kamloop trout fishing Frenchman's Reservoir also holds a population of catfish. The early spring and late fall bite on this water can be spectacular. With many shallow coves, it is a popular lake for fly fishing. The fish range from 1 to 5 lbs. some of which are wild fish with beautiful markings.
  • For more information contact the Beckwourth Ranger Station at (530) 836-2575.
Lake Tahoe (elevation 6,228.42 ft.)
  • Resting at 6,230 feet elevation in the Sierra Mountains, Lake Tahoe is approximately 22 miles long, 12 miles wide and 72 miles around. Tahoe is famous for crystal clear waters, beautiful mackinaw and kokanee salmon. Mack attacks in a boat, and deep! 5- 10 lb macks make delicious eating and the early season is bringing in mostly 5-7 lb range. 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. Toplining and shore fishing is slow overall.

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Lake Tahoe Tributaries
  • It is illegal to fish the tributaries except from July 1 to September 30. No fishing is allowed within 300 feet of these tributaries.
Little Truckee River
  • This area between Stampede Reservoir down-stream to Boca Reservoir is now subject to artificial barbless lures with a two-fish bag limit of fish 14 inches maximum. Fishing this stretch concentrate on nymphs and streamers with occasional hatches where a dry fly will work.
Martis Creek Reservoir (area map)
  • Martis is a zero kill lake. Catch and release fishing only using artificial lures with barbless hooks and no bait. Fishing during the opener was fair overall. Blood midges are already showing due to the mild winter. Many are using nymphs such as the Hares Ear, Pheasant Tail, Damesfly imitations or the A.P. Streamers that imitate small fish. Woolly buggers are also good choices. For surface activity, patterns such as the Quiqley Cripple, Martis Midge, Parachute Adams and GriffithKnat are good choices.
Prosser Creek Reservoir (18,797 ac. ft.) (area map)
  • Located approximately 40 miles west of Reno, Nevada at an elevation of 5,715 feet, Prosser Reservoir is a 740 surface acre lake with 11 miles of sage covered shoreline. Boating is allowed under 10 MPH.
  • Some of the finest California trout fishing with both rainbow and brown trout ready to jump on the stringer. Try power bait, nightcrawlers, and salmon eggs. Trollers are also netting with success using flasher/worm combinations and minnow imitating lures. If fly fishing, try olive or black woolly buggers, nymphs, and midges.
  • For more information call Truckee Ranger District (530) 478-6257
Pyramid Lake (area map)
  • Pyramid lake is at about 4000 feet elevation in a desert setting with no trees and a alkaline lake that offers pastel blue colors. The fish come into the shallows, are beautiful, none too smart, and can be caught in large quantity and occasionally large size. The season runs from October 1 to June 30th each year. In general the early season, October and November is noted for large numbers of fish at 17-20 pounds. The winter months are when the really big fish come in.
Stampede Reservoir (215,922 ac. ft.) (area map)
  • Located approximately 15 miles north of Truckee at 5,949 feet elevation, Stampede Reservoir has a surface area of 3,450 acres and 25 miles of sage and coniferous shoreline. All boating is permitted but note that water levels drop dramatically toward the end of summer which limits launching to extended low water launch ramps. Stampede holds a large number of trophy class rainbow and brown trout and the fisherman is commonly well rewarded.
  • Shore fishing nets browns and rainbows. Use inflated nightcrawlers, power bait or salmon eggs. If trolling, Kokanee is the catch. Use flasher/wedding rings and white corn combinations. If fly fishing use wooly buggers, nymphs, and midges near the inlet streams.
  • For more information call Truckee Ranger District (530) 478-6257
Upper Truckee River
  • Fish the deep pools during the early part of the season. Best bets are to fish the section of the river between Tahoe City and the River Ranch. Use powerbait, salmon eggs, and worms. The Department of Fish and Game stocks this section of the river during the spring. The Wild Trout section is restricted to artificial lures or flies and is located below the town of Truckee from Trout Creek to the Boca Bridge.
Truckee River
  • Fish the deep pools during the early part of the season. Best bets are to fish the section of the river between Tahoe City and the River Ranch. Use powerbait, salmon eggs, and worms. The Department of Fish and Game stocks this section of the river during the spring. The Wild Trout section is restricted to artificial lures or flies and is located below the town of Truckee from Trout Creek to the Boca Bridge. Access to this river is easy since it follows California Highway 89 and Interstate 80 along its entire length. Note that no fishing is allowed in the first 1000' below Lake Tahoe outlet.
Fly Fishing the Desolation Wilderness
  • Over 100 lakes of all sizes in a 100 square mile federal wilderness area just west of Lake Tahoe.

Sugar Pine Point State Park is a forested promontory on the western side of Lake Tahoe. Deep-line fisherman can try their luck along Lake Tahoe's 300-foot-deep underwater ledges by trolling for lake trout (Mackinaw) and kokanee Salmon. Top-lining (trolling near the surface) for rainbows is also popular. Shore fishing does not tend to be productive, though the lake's tributaries can be. Be aware that these streams have a very short open season from July 1 through September 30.

Be sure to observe rules and regulations designed to prevent over fishing. Contact Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Office (530) 573-2600. Also check out the California Department of Fish and Game.

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