Lake Tahoe is one of the biggest lakes in the world (the 26th largest lake by volume) and by far the largest alpine lake in all of North America. With such a large amount of water in (and around) Lake Tahoe, there are plenty of opportunities for a good catch. Lake Tahoe is known for her crystal clear waters, and the fish that these waters entail. You’ll find mackinaw, kokanee salmon, rainbow and brown trout and largemouth bass to name a few. Fishing is enjoyed year round, and many people never leave unhappy with their catch(s) of the day.
For the inexperienced fishermen (and women and children for that matter) there are several fishing charters and guide services in Lake Tahoe that take you out on these great boats with all the newest technological features to ensure a catch. Many of these fishing services provide you with all the gear you’ll need to go home with a prize of your own, so you don’t have to worry about buying anything in case this is an infrequent or one time thing.
Many of the fishing charters are family friendly, but they’re also enjoyable when you’re in Lake Tahoe flying solo. Your fishing guide will be excellent company as they teach you tricks of the trade to reel in the big boys. You can choose to go out for a few hours, half a day or longer, and can some even provide a lunch, since you probably don’t want to have to depend on making your own sushi while you’re out on the boat all day.
Some of the best charters and guides for fishing in Lake Tahoe include Tight Lines Guide Service, which take the boat out on Lake Tahoe, Donner Lake or Stampede Reservoir to help you catch the best salmon and mackinaw possible. Tahoe Sport Fishing is a great option for families looking for a fishing experience together. They can also get you a fishing license if you don’t have one. Blue Ribbon Fishing Charters offers a 90% success rate, so those of you who really don’t want to go home empty handed can rest easy knowing these guys are here!
For experienced fishers, there are also plenty of opportunities to rent a boat and head out on Lake Tahoe or one of the surrounding lakes or rivers on your own. If you don’t want to lug all your own fishing gear from home, you can also rent almost everything you’ll need from these places.
There are some great places around the Tahoe area to hit up on your outing. Of course, it barely gets better than Lake Tahoe itself. If you’re looking for something else though, this area has tons of options. Caples Lake is just South of Lake Tahoe and elevated at 7,950 feet. Caples, which measures 600 square feet, seems like a mere puddle compared to the vast Lake Tahoe, but it’s full of rainbow trout, cutthroat and brook to take home with you. Donner Lake is on the northwest side of Lake Tahoe and holds some of the biggest Lake Trout in the entire state. We’re talking trophy prizes here. Another great option is Fallen Leaf Lake, but this late does get pretty crowded!
And for those of you who are only really good at catching a buzz, there are plenty of great bars in Tahoe too! Fishing is one of the best things to do in Lake Tahoe, but the United States is the land of opportunity after all, and there’s something for everyone in these parts!
This article was written by Lizz Riggs, editor of TahoesBest.com.