Lake Tahoe Fishing

The experience of Lake Tahoe fishing can’t be beat. Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America and offers some of the best inland fishing in the world, along with its many surrounding streams, rivers, and backcountry lakes. Whether you prefer shore fishing or fly fishing on your own, or want to hire an expert guide or charter a boat, the opportunities in the Tahoe Basin are plentiful.

Brown trout, rainbow trout, Mackinaw trout and Kokanee salmon preside in Lake Tahoe’s deep waters, so many anglers tend to enjoy the sport from a boat. However, fishing from the shore’s of Lake Tahoe can prove to be a perfect catch, especially south of Sand Harbor, along the west shore south of Tahoe City, and other points along the North Shore.

The Upper Truckee River offers ideal conditions during the early part of the fishing season, although fishing is closed year-round from the dam to 1,000 feet downstream.

Sawmill Lake, a 10-acre private lake inside Northstar California, is renowned for its “fighting rainbow trout,” although the lake is reserved for catch-and-release fly-fishing only.

The North Lake Tahoe and Truckee offer plenty of fishing hot spots and adventures to discover. See below for resources to get you casting your next angler adventure.

Note: fishing regulations and license fees vary between California and Nevada and a license is always required to fish in either state.

Lake Tahoe fishing with close-up of hand holding rod

Fishing Hot Spots

Knowing that the weather and water conditions are changing all the time, you’ll want some input before you commit yourself to a specific spot on the river or shore fishing along on the lake. Click and scroll to consult our list of North Lake Tahoe fishing hot spots.

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Fishing Lake Tahoe

Guides and Charters

You’ll need a bigger boat if you want to get your group out on the water. During Winter and summer, Lake Tahoe fishing charters and guided fishing tours are a scroll and click away.

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Bait and Tackle Shops

Lake Tahoe bait and tackle shops are the path to telling the tale of all fishing tales. Scroll and click to find the gear that will set you up to cast from the best North Lake Tahoe rivers and shorelines.

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