Fishing the Lake
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Sierra lakes and rivers provide
numerous opportunities to test your fishing skills.
To prevent overfishing and
to give the fish a chance to reproduce naturally, rules
and regulations have been
made. Several lakes and streams are closed to
fishing year round and some
only allow catch and release.
Fishing licenses can be obtained
from local sporting goods stores.
Any person over 16 years old
must have a valid California or Nevada sport
fishing license to fish in
Lake Tahoe. Surrounding lakes and streams
require a license for the
state in which you're fishing.
Fishing in Lake Tahoe is legal
one hour before sunrise to two hours
after sunset. In all other
bodies of water in the Tahoe area (Sierra District)
fishing is legal one hour
before sunrise to one hour after sunset.
The daily limit for Lake Tahoe
is 5 trout, but no more than 2 makinaw.
Most other lakes and streams
in the Tahoe Basin have a limit of 5 trout.
No fish may be used for bait
or possessed for use as bait in Lake Tahoe,
Fallen Leaf Lake or Donner
Lake unless taken from that lake. Live bait
in these lakes are limited
to the following: Lahonton Reside Shiner,
Tui Chub, Tahoe Sucker (not
a gambler), Lahonton Mountain Sucker,
Piute Sculpin and Lahonton
Speckeled Dace. Chumming is illegal.
Where to Fish
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A series of lakes located
south of South Lake Tahoe, 12 miles off of Hwy. 88.
At over 8,000' elevation,
Blue Lakes are some of the highest lakes accessible
by car. camping is also availbale
nearby. Fishing is reported to be good
off the dams where the two
- West Fork
Flowing through Hope, Faith
and Charity Valleys, this portion of the river
receives considerable use.
It is located south of South Lake Tahoe along
Hwy. 88 East and also flows
along Blue Lakes Raod.
- East Fork
Closed to all fishing above
Carson Falls. From Hangman's Bridge (South
of Markleeville) downstream
to the Nevada state line there is a minimum
size of 14 inches and must
use artificial lures with single barbless hooks.
Just a short drive off of
Hwy. 50, South Lake Tahoe, you can try both boat
and shore fishing here. Shore
fishing is usually good from the dam (Dam good fishing).
Please respect the rights
of private property and homeowners around the lake.
Fallen Leaf Lake
The best fishing is from a
boat, but occasionally fish can be taken from the shore
with a good cast. The lake
is a short walk from Fallen Leaf Lake Road and
Fallen Leaf Campground. Fishing
within 250 feet of the dam is illegal.
The best fishing is from a
boat. For shore fishing try places where the shoreline
drops off quickly shuch as
Rubicon Point on the west shore and Cave Rock on the
east shore. A day use fee
is charged at both of these areas. Fishing is closed in the
lake within 300 feet of its
tributaries and upstream to the first lake from
Ocober 1st through June 30th.
The rest of the year the entire lake is open.
A stocked pond for children
15 and under. Adults are allowed to help children
fish but are not allowed to
fish themselves. The pond is located one mile
south of South Lake Tahoe
along Hwy. 50.
Lake Tahoe's only outlet,
the Truckee River, starts its journey from Lake Tahoe's
dam at Tahoe City and continues
alon Hwy. 89 to the town of Truckee. Fishing is
closed year round from the
dam to 1,000 feet downstream. Certain other sections
are closed also, please check
current fishing regulation for specifics.
The Truckee River is very
popular for fly fishing.
The Upper Truckee is fed from
the waters of Meiss Country south of Hwy. 89,
north of the town of Truckeee.
Fishing is best in deep water pools.
California Department of Fish and Game
Nevada Division of