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Let’s go fishing in Lake Tahoe and the Reno area

By Paul Andrew
Fishing in Lake Tahoe / Photo by Jeramie Lu Photography
Fishing in Lake Tahoe / Photo by Jeramie Lu Photography

There is an old saying; “The worst day of fishing is better than the best day of work!” This couldn’t be more true in the High Sierra, where countless options to spend a calming day fishing in Lake Tahoe or wading in a stream in the surrounding area while enjoying the challenge of catching one’s dinner.

Whether a novice or a veteran angler, the opportunities available for fishing in Lake Tahoe and the surrounding area are numerous.

Regardless of the type of fishing you prefer, or level of experience, a day outside in the clean air, under clear blue skies, provides an unforgettable day.

One of the unique ways to enjoy fishing in Lake Tahoe is through one of the many boat charter services. Tahoe Sport Fishing has provided fishing excursions for locals and visitors since 1953.

Fishing in Lake Tahoe
Tahoe Sportfishing Co. / Lauren Micmillen

With a fleet of eight boats, all the equipment needed, and the expertise to “find the best spots,’ a day on the lake provides an unmatched fishing experience.

For those who want to tackle, (pun intended), the art of fly fishing, you can find many serene options in our area with the multitude of streams and lakes available.

Fly fishing takes practice, skill and concentration. The goal is to fool the smart fish into thinking a living fly has daintily landed on the surface of the water for them to deliciously consume.

Reno Fly Shop in Reno offers everything you will need, regardless of whether a novice or expert. From equipment to rent or buy, guided tours, to their expertise as to where fish are currently biting.

“Spots on the Truckee River are good for catching all kinds of trout, including Rainbow, Brown and occasional Cutthroat,” says Matt from Reno Fly Shop. “Many of the secluded smaller lakes outside of Tahoe, and remote streams are successful depending on the time of year.”

fishing in lake tahoe
Fishing in Lake Tahoe / Photo by Matt Morning

In South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters, has a full-service shop where equipment and supplies can be purchased, plus also provides fully guided tours.

“The Carson River in Alpine County is always popular for a fishing getaway,” says Jesse Howes of Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters. “Our guides generally know the best, remote spots.”

If you really want to dive into the sport hook, line and sinker, (another bad pun, sorry!), you can learn to tie your own flies through Sebastiani FeatherCrafters or call 760-608-2178.

Anyone 16 years old or over will need to obtain either a California or Nevada fishing license. They are available for various numbers of days, can be obtained at any of the numerous fishing our sporting good stores, or online at either California Department of Fish and Wildlife or Nevada Department of Wildlife.

Regardless of whether you just want to sit by a lake with a pole in one hand, and a beer in the other, or venture deep into the wilderness to search out the perfect spot to land a big one, fishing in Lake Tahoe and the surrounding area offers variety, challenges and peacefulness.

For the youngsters, a day of fishing at Sawmill Pond, just a few miles east of the “Y” in South Lake Tahoe, gives kids the thrills of “hooking a big one”, in a relaxed, easy to get to setting.

This regularly stocked lake is full of Rainbow trout anxious to be caught. Though adults are allowed to supervise, fishing isn’t permitted for anyone older than fifteen.

Once you’ve caught your “trophy” fish, MacDuff’s Public House in South Lake Tahoe will cook your fish in a variety of scrumptious ways so you can enjoy your “reward” after the hard-fought battles.

“Our chefs can prepare your fish in a white wine sauce, blackened, or other tasty recipes,” says Joseph Lynn, a “do everything” representative of the restaurant. “Just drop the fish off, give us the time you want to eat, and we’ll have it prepared.”

Regardless of whether you just want to sit by a lake with a pole in one hand, and a beer in the other, or venture deep into the wilderness to search out the perfect spot to land a big one, fishing in Lake Tahoe and the surrounding area offers variety, challenges and peacefulness.

All we ask is that anglers make sure no tackle, lines, or other evidence of their adventure is left behind. It’s important that people leave our beautiful area as pristine as they found it. Enjoy the day!

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