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Blue Lakes A series of lakes located south of the Tahoe Basin, 12 miles off of Highway 88. At over 8,000 feet they are some of the highest lakes accessible by automobile. Camping is available nearby. Fishing is reported to be good off of the dams where the two lakes connect.
Boca Reservoir 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.
Donner Lake 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.
Carson River, West Fork Flowing through Hope, Faith and Charity Valleys, this portion of the river receives considerable use. It is located south of Lake Tahoe along Highway 88 and also flows along Blue Lakes Road.
Carson River, East Fork Closed to all fishing above Carson Falls. From Hangman's Bridge (south of Markleeville) downstream to the Nevada state line, there is a minimum size limit of 14 inches and you must use artificial lures with single barbless hooks.
Echo Lakes Just a short drive off of Highway 50, you can try both boat and shore fishing here. Shore fishing is usually good from the dam. Please respect the rights of private property and homeowners around the lake.
Fallen Leaf Lake The best fishing is from a boat, but occasionally fish can be taken from the shore with a good cast. The lake is a short walk from Fallen Leaf Lake Road or Fallen Leaf Campground. Fishing within 250 feet of the dam is illegal.
Lake Tahoe The best fishing is in deep water from a boat. For shore fishing, try places where the shoreline drops off quickly such as Rubicon Point on the west shore or Cave Rock on the east shore. A day use fee is charged at both of these areas. Fishing is closed in the lake within 300 feet of its tributaries and upstream, from October 1 through June 30. The rest of the year the entire lake is open.
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 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 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.
Pyramid Lake Pyramid is a favorite fishing ground for the fishermen who wade out deep and cast for trout even in wintry weather. In ancient times this fishery was a magnificent survival resource—now it's a sportfishing haven. Early season has been fishing very well with lots of large fish and should continue to do so through at least mid May.
Sawmill Pond (For the kids) A stocked pond for children 15 years of age and under. Adults are allowed to help children fish but are not allowed to fish themselves. The pond is located 1 mile south of South Lake Tahoe along Lake Tahoe Boulevard.
Stampede Reservoir 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.
Sugar Pine Point State Park Deep-line fishermen 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, usually from July 1 through September
Upper Truckee River The Upper Truckee is fed from the waters of Meiss Country south of Highway 89. Fishing is good in the deep pools during the early part of fishing season.
Truckee River Although there is good fishing in the small upper Truckee above Lake Tahoe near South Lake Tahoe, the major fishing occurs below Lake Tahoe between Tahoe City and Reno. Access to this river is easy since it follows California Highway 89 and Interstate 80 along its entire length.This is not a river to fish to death in one spot. There is plenty of room and one should keep moving until one finds some agreeable fish.
Rivers All of the rivers listed above, with the exception of the special regulations noted, are open from the last Saturday in April to November 15.
Other Lakes Most of the backcountry lakes are open and support Rainbow, Brown, and Golden Trout. Shore fishing is your only choice unless you want to pack in a rubber raft. Fish in these high country lakes are taken only by the most skillful anglers!