Things to Know When South Lake Tahoe Fishing

Things to Know When South Lake Tahoe Fishing

Enjoy fishing surrounded by beautiful nature when you spend the day on the south side of Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in the U.S. The lake's clear waters make it the perfect place to go fishing, whether you are a beginner or an expert fisherman.

Learn more about the best practices for fishing at Lake Tahoe.

Things to Know When South Lake Tahoe Fishing

Fishing at Lake Tahoe is different from your everyday river fishing. The vast body of water houses many fish species for people to catch. Along with the types of fish you can catch, you also have various ways to fish. 

Here are some South Lake Tahoe fishing tips and tricks you can follow to ensure you have the best fishing experience possible:

1. Lake Hours and Regulations

Knowing Lake Tahoe's hours and regulations can ensure you have a fun fishing trip. At Lake Tahoe, fishing hours legally begin one hour before sunrise and two hours after sunset, so you can enjoy fishing all day. Additionally, anyone 16 years or older who wants to fish at the lake must have a valid California or Nevada sport fishing license.

While fishing, there is a daily limit on how many fish you can catch. At Lake Tahoe, the daily limit is five trout, but no more than two Mackinaws. There are limits to the type of bait you can use while fishing at the lake as well. For example, you cannot use fish as live bait unless you catch them from the lake.

2. Types of Fish You Can Catch

Lake Tahoe has many species of fish you can catch, including:

  • Rainbow trout
  • Brown trout
  • Mackinaw trout
  • Brook trout
  • Cutthroat trout
  • Kokanee salmon

The variety of fish lets you try different fishing techniques throughout the day as each fish has specific preferences for bait. Several trout types, like rainbow, brown and brook, prefer small lures or worms, while a Mackinaw trout will go after live minnows or night crawlers. Research the type of fish you want to catch before arriving to prepare for a successful trip.

3. Ways to Fish

At Lake Tahoe, there are several ways to fish, such as on a boat or off the shore. Take your own boat or rent a charter to fish in the deep waters. However, keep in mind that depending on the season, you will likely have better luck catching some trout species when fishing from the bank.

Hiring a professional fishing guide for a few days can help you build skills and knowledge for the next visit to learn the best tips and tricks for fishing on Lake Tahoe.

Stay at Coleville/Walker KOA Holiday During Your Fishing Trip

When you need a place to stay between your fishing trips to Lake Tahoe, consider Coleville/Walker KOA Holiday. Our KOA Campground is about 60 miles from South Lake Tahoe. You can rest peacefully at the campground before and after your fishing excursions. We offer many campsites so that you can camp comfortably.

Start planning your Lake Tahoe fishing trip by booking a campsite at Coleville/Walker KOA Holiday today!

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