With so much water around, it’s no wonder Reno Tahoe is a premier fishing destination! Fishing in Reno, Lake Tahoe or on the Truckee is a truly unique experience, no matter which body of water you choose.
We have tips and tricks for visiting anglers who are looking for the best fishing in Reno and Lake Tahoe.
From small technical dry streams to ladder fishing some of Nevada’s awesome lakes, fly fishing doesn’t get much better than in Reno Tahoe.
The Truckee River offers some of the best water in the west – including a fly fishing only, catch-and-release section – close to downtown Reno and easily accessible from Interstate 80. With so many excellent places to fish, here are a few resources to help aide your decision:
Reno Fly Shop – A locally-owned and operated fishing shop in downtown, their website will list some local waters, and they often release a fishing report. Check them out to go on a guided fishing tour! They know where the fish are biting.
Nevada Department of Wildlife – As your go-to source for all information related to hunting, fishing and wildlife in Nevada, this is a great resource to use when looking up permit options and regulations or researching both urban ponds or remote and beautiful fishing holes.
If you’re in Truckee, check out Sawmill Lake Fly Fishing to get set up with the right gear and equipment to truly enjoy your time in the water.
Pyramid Lake, located on the Paiute Indian Reservation 45 minutes north of Reno, is the ending point of the Truckee River. Widely acclaimed as North America’s most beautiful desert lake, it was the world-class fishing that brought Pyramid Lake to fame. You can catch Cui-ui, which is endemic to the lake, or the famous Lahontan Cutthroat. The trout have grown to record sizes and attract fisherman from around the world. For more information on fishing permits and fishing conditions at the lake, please visit the Pyramid Lake website.
The Truckee River is another popular spot for anglers, whether rod fishing or fly fishing. No matter if you want to drop your line on the California or Nevada end of the Truckee, spending the day fishing this river means you’re always rewarded with stunning views, and hopefully a fish or two. Before you head out, make sure you read and understand Truckee River fishing regulations.
There are a few places to catch fish from the shores of Lake Tahoe, but if you want a trophy, it’s best to charter a fishing boat. That’s not to say the little guys don’t count, too! The Tahoe Keys, Cave Rock and Kings Beach are some of the best places to catch some fish worth telling tales about. The best times to go out to the lake are bright and early, or later in the evening. The fishing pros suggest placing yourself in a rockier area with a little bit of patience to ensure you’ll get the fish you’ve been waiting for.
Don’t forget to check out Donner Lake, too! Remember to adjust your methods, though. Donner Lake can be a bit breezier in the late afternoons, but large Mackinaws have been pulled from her depths. This lake is also frequently stocked, so you’ll have a higher chance of taking home a fish you’re proud of. If you don’t have a boat, take advantage of all the free piers that line the shore!
Boca and Stampede Reservoirs are also great places to visit. Since both lakes are frequently stocked, shore fishing will be productive whether you go out early in the morning or late in the evening with live bait, lures or flies. Since they are so close together, you can easily hit them both in the same day.
The crystal-clear waters of Lake Tahoe are calling, and you must answer. At a depth of 1,645 feet, Lake Tahoe is the second deepest lake in North America. With such great depth comes great, big fish, as you could probably guess. Depending on what season you charter your fishing trip, Lake Trout (Mackinaw), Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout and Kokanee Salmon are what you’ll find in Big Blue, with an average size of about 2 to 7 pounds. If you’re lucky, you may join the ranks of fishermen who have taken home 20 to 30 pound trout from the lake – it happens a few times each year!
When you hire a fishing charter, your gear and licenses are usually provided. Some of the best fishing charters and tours on the lake are Reel-Lentless Fishing Charters and Hooked Up Sport Fishing in Carnelian Bay, or Reel Deel Sport Fishing in Tahoe City. Experience fishing in the most epic way possible with Lake Tahoe locals that will show you the best spots to land the fish you’ve been waiting for.
Even if you don’t get the 30-pounder you had your heart set on, you’ll still take home some beautiful memories Lake Tahoe, whether it’s at sunrise or sunset.