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North America's Largest Alpine Lake is home to your next big catch.

Lake Tahoe Fishing

Ready to spend some of your time during your next trip fishing in Lake Tahoe? You can cast your line from a few spots along the shore, but if it’s a trophy fish (or an epic fish tale) that you’re after, then chartering a fishing boat will get you out on the water and closer to the real whoppers.

If you’ve spent time fishing, you know that the best time to be on the water is early in the morning or later in the evening. Fishing pros suggest finding a rocky area to cast your line, and of course, a fair amount of patience is also helpful.

Check out Tahoe Keys, Cave Rock and Kings Beach areas for popular shore fishing spots along Lake Tahoe. Always be sure to plan ahead – get the appropriate fishing license and know which equipment is allowed for the location you’ll be fishing at.

Lake Tahoe Fishing Charters

At a depth of 1,645 feet, Lake Tahoe is the second deepest lake in North America. And with such great depth comes great, big fish! The best way to find those giants waiting in the lake’s depths is by boat. Fortunately, there are several fishing charter companies that can take in search of the big one.

Depending on which season you charter your fishing trip, Lake Trout (Mackinaw), Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout and Kokanee Salmon are commonly found in the lake, 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 go out with a fishing charter, you get to experience fishing in the most epic way possible with Lake Tahoe locals who will show you the best spots to land the fish you’ve been waiting for.

Some of the best fishing charters and tours on the lake are Reel-Lentless Fishing Charters and Hooked Up Sport Fishing in Carnelian Bay, Reel Deel Sport Fishing in Tahoe City, and Mile High Fishing Charters and Tahoe Keys Marina in South Lake Tahoe. When you hire a private charter or a fishing guide service, your gear and fishing licenses are usually provided, but be sure to call ahead to verify.

Even if you don’t get the 30-pounder you had your heart set on, you’ll still take home some beautiful memories of Lake Tahoe… and if you choose to tell a little fish tale, your secret is safe with us.

More Fishing in the Lake Tahoe Area

Lake Tahoe isn’t the only lake in the area where you can fish. Donner Lake, as well as Boca and Stampede Reservoirs, are also popular lakes for fishing.

Donner Lake’s beautiful scenery makes it an ideal setting for leisurely casting a line while you take in the tree-lined shore and mountain views. Remember to adjust your methods when fishing here –  Donner Lake can be a bit breezier in the late afternoons, but large Mackinaw trout 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 the many 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 on the same day.

Craving more? Also check out our guide to Reno fishing spots.

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