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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout and kokanee salmon at Lake Tahoe in California.

Lake Tahoe, CA

As the largest freshwater lake in California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is unique in many ways. It is over 1,600 feet deep with a surface elevation just over 6,200 feet. Known for its natural beauty the lake is an attraction for tourists from all over the world. In winter the skiing is spectacular at ski runs overlooking the lake.

The purpose of this page is to deliver an overview of this lake, the fishing options, and area amenities. Our goal is to provide info to first time visitors, as well as beginner and novice anglers. We gathered details from personal experience, numerous trusted websites that each offer select bits of information, and videos of fishing activity on the lake. These websites include the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, marinas at the lake, campgrounds, boat rental agencies and others. By consolidating this information to one page it allows visitors to see the entire picture, all in one place.

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Lake Tahoe, located on the border of California and Nevada, is not only renowned for its stunning beauty but also offers exceptional fishing opportunities. The lake is home to a variety of fish species, making it a favorite destination for anglers. Among the popular species found in Lake Tahoe is the Mackinaw trout, also known as lake trout. These large and elusive fish can reach impressive sizes, providing a thrilling challenge for anglers seeking a trophy catch. Additionally, the lake is populated with species such as kokanee salmon, rainbow trout, brown trout, and smallmouth bass, ensuring a diverse and exciting fishing experience.

It's important to note that Lake Tahoe has specific regulations and guidelines to preserve its natural beauty and protect its ecosystem. Anglers should familiarize themselves with the fishing regulations and obtain the necessary licenses before casting their lines. Additionally, boaters should be aware of boating safety rules and regulations to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience on the lake.

Overall, Lake Tahoe offers a remarkable fishing experience with its diverse fish species, boating options, and picturesque camping locations. Whether you're an avid angler seeking a trophy catch, a nature enthusiast looking to explore the scenic beauty, or a camping enthusiast wanting to immerse yourself in the great outdoors, Lake Tahoe provides a unique and unforgettable experience for all.

During the warmer months the lake attracts boating, sailing and fishing enthusiasts. With communities at the North Shore and the South Shore, as well as spotted locations around the entire lake, one can find restaurants, lodging, camping, horseback riding and many other tourist attractions all within minutes of the water.

Fishing At Lake Tahoe

Brown, rainbow and lake trout (mackinaw) plus Kokanee Salmon are the target of anglers in this pristine, cold water. The lake record brown trout is over 15 pounds, the lake record for mackinaw trout is over 37 pounds and the lake record for rainbow trout is over 11 pounds. Fishing guides and charter services are wise to consider when fishing at Lake Tahoe.

Primary fish species residing in Lake Tahoe.

Click images for fishing tips and details about each species.

Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Rainbow trout Brown trout Lake trout Kokanee salmon

Lake Tahoe Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

Lake Tahoe Fishing Reports, Forums & Blogs

Eagle Point Sportfishing Fishing Reports - 530 577-6834

Tahoe Angler Sportfishing Reports 530 542-2019

Camping enthusiasts will find a range of camping options near Lake Tahoe. From developed campgrounds with modern amenities to more rustic and secluded sites, there are choices to cater to every camping style. Wake up to the sound of nature, enjoy the fresh mountain air, and spend evenings around a campfire, creating lasting memories with family and friends. Camping near Lake Tahoe provides easy access to the fishing opportunities as well as the chance to explore the surrounding hiking trails and enjoy other outdoor activities.

Today's Weather & Forecast

Average high and average low, monthly temperatures at Lake Tahoe.

  • January 43° - 17°
  • February 44° - 18°
  • March 49° - 24°
  • April 54° - 27°
  • May 64° - 32°
  • June 72° - 37°
  • July 81° - 41°
  • August 80° - 40°
  • September 74° - 35°
  • October 63° - 28°
  • November 51° - 22°
  • December 43° - 17°

Boating is a popular activity on Lake Tahoe, allowing anglers to explore the expansive waters and access prime fishing spots. Whether you prefer motorized boats, sailboats, kayaks, or paddleboards, there are numerous rental options available to suit your boating preferences. With crystal-clear waters and breathtaking mountain scenery, boating on Lake Tahoe is a memorable experience in itself.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Camp Richardson Marina
Rentals: Pontoon boats and kayaks
530 542-6570

Tahoe Waves Boat Rental
Rentals: Pontoon boats
530 429-2837

Marinas

Camp Richardson Marina
1900 Jameson Beach Rd
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158
530 542-6570

North Tahoe Marina
7360 N Lake Blvd
Tahoe Vista, CA 96148
530 546-8248

Obexer's Boat Company Marina
5300 W Lake Blvd
Homewood, CA 96141
530 525-7962

Ski Run Marina
900 Ski Run Blvd
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
530 544-9500

Tahoe Keys Marina & Yacht Club
2435 Venice Dr E
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
530 541-2155

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Lake Forest Boat Ramp
Located in the northwest corner of the lake, off Lake Forest Road, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Tahoe Vista Recreation Area and Boat Launch
Located north side of the lake, off National Avenue, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock. There is no parking for vehicles with boat trailers.

Meeks Bay Resort & Marina - 530 525-6946

Obexer's Boat Ramp - 530 525-7962

Camping & Campgrounds At Lake Tahoe

Campground By The Lake - 530 542-6096

Meeks Bay Resort & Marina - 530 525-6946

Tahoe Valley RV and Camping Resort - 530 541-2222

Lake Tahoe State Park

Located northeast of the lake, Lake Tahoe State Park is in Nevada and offers a variety of camping and outdoor activities.

Click here for a California fishing license.

Lake Tahoe CA Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Lake Tahoe
City Of South Lake Tahoe
Parks & Recreation
1180 Rufus Allen Blvd
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
530 542-6197

 

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