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There's lots of great fishing in these parts

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Fishing is big at Lake Tahoe and there are also some very big fish including the prized deep-water mackinaw Trout which can grow to be several feet long. The Lake itself is open to daytime fishing year-round, except within 300 feet of its tributaries during the cold season from October 1 until June 30. Area lakes and rivers provide excellent trout fishing and most are open seasonally from the last Saturday in April until November 15. Be sure to obtain a state fishing license (Nevada or California, depending on where you plan to fish) and a copy of teh Fish & Game regulations available at local sporting goods stores. Following are some of teh key spots in the Lake Tahoe region.

Lake Tahoe

Rainbow trout, brown trout, brookies, cutthroat, mackinaw and kokanee salmon all are found in lake Tahoe. Boat fishing is popular and there are many commercial sport fishing operations on both the north and south shores. Shore fishing is excellent if you know where to go. Try the Cave Rock boat landing on the east shore.

Fallen Leaf Lake

There's a boat ramp at the general store on the far end of this pristine "little sister" of Lake Tahoe. Take Highway 89 north to Fallen Leaf Road, just past Camp Richardson. There are some good deep-water shoreline spots along a hiking trail on the north side of the lake.

Blue Lakes

The drive out to Alpine County and up a dirt road to 8,000 feet above sea level will be worth it even if you don't catch anything. Take Blue Lakes Road left off of Highway 88.

Echo Lakes

Near Echo Summit off Highway 50 lie these two breathtaking alpine lakes. There's a boat ramp just beyond the rustic general store, and shoreline fishing is good just about anywhere including at a small dam just north of the ramp. Check at the shore for more information.

Upper Truckee River

This is the main tributary to Lake Tahoe. It flows through the south shore via Meyers with headwaters in beautiful Meiss County near Luther Pass on Highway 88. Fishing is good if you take time to explore and find that perfect deep-water pool. You'll need good luck toward the end of the season.

West Fork Carson River

You can find the Carson - and usually plenty of fishermen - at the intersection of Highways 89 and 88 in Hope Valley. For a more secluded spot (and more secluded fish) try upstream off fo Blue Lakes Road.

East Fork Carson River

Great fishing, but obey regulations including no fishing above Carson Falls and a minimum size of 14 inches. Go south on Highway 89 to the junction with Highway 88 to Highway 6. Go south past the town of Markleeville to the Nevada State Line. Check at the Markleeville general store for more detailed information.

Sawmill Pond

No fishing license needed here if you're 15 years or younger, but it's for kids only. The stocked pond is a popular spot with South Shore families, located near town at Lake Tahoe Boulevard and Sawmill Road.

Guided Fly Fishing

For fishing traditionalists, there are several fly fishing guides available in the area who can lead to those secret spots while providing instruction as needed. Try Horse Feathers Fly Fishing School headquartered at Sorensen's Resort In Hope Valley, Alpine County (800) 423-9949 and Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters in South Lake Tahoe at (530) 541-8208.


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