Lake Tahoe

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Lake Tahoe Fishing Charters

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Lake Tahoe: 4 fishing charters available
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Minden
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trips from $250
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(101 reviews)
Carnelian Bay
trips from $170
South Lake Tahoe
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Truckee

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Lake Tahoe

According to customer reviews, Calneva Fishing Guide Services, Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips, and Tahoe Trophy Trout are some of the most popular fishing charters in Lake Tahoe. Full list of top fishing charters in Lake Tahoe.

The average price for a private 4 hour Lake Tahoe fishing trip is $849, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $369 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Calneva Fishing Guide Services, Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips, and Tahoe Trophy Trout all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Lake Tahoe.

The most popular fish species you can target are Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout (Steelhead), and Brown Trout. Top fishing techniques include Light Tackle, Jigging, and Trolling. Lake fishing, river fishing, and inshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Lake Tahoe is easily one of the most gorgeous fishing destinations in California. With over 190 square miles of exquisite fishing nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Tahoe is a popular haunt of anglers from all over the country. And the best way to explore the abundance of the “Big Blue” is with a Lake Tahoe fishing charter.

In the lake’s notoriously cold, deep-blue waters you’ll find plenty of fish species worth your attention and most of them are biting year-round. The star of the show is Mackinaw (Lake Trout) – the beauty from the deep that can weigh anywhere from 2–20 pounds. Tahoe is one of the best spots in both Nevada and California to hook Kokanee, aka landlocked Sockeye Salmon, in the summer.

While Mackinaw and Kokanee action put the lake on the fishing map, there are many other species available. Go after Brown and Rainbow Trout and most of the year, and you’ll have a great catch to brag about. In the bays and estuaries, you might also hook into Largemouth Bass, Catfish, Bluegill, Crappie, and Sculpin.

Seeing that 90% of the fish are swimming in just 10% of the lake’s water, the key is knowing where to look, and a professional guide can help you with that. Most Lake Tahoe fishing charters offer half day trips that are perfect to get a taste of local fishing and hook plenty of Macks to take home. These excursions are well-suited for kids, beginners, and pros alike.

Some of the best spots to find a guide include Glenbrook and Tahoe Vista.

Rules & Regulations

Lake Tahoe straddles the border of California and Nevada, but don’t let that confuse you when buying your fishing license. Anglers age 16 and older can bring either a California or Nevada fishing license – both are valid no matter where you fish on the lake.

Lake Tahoe
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 26587 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January
Anglers concentrate on catching school size Mackinaw in the deeper reaches of the lake at this time of year. Surface temperatures are at their lowest, and the weather can cause cancellations.
February
As winter progresses, the fishing on Lake Tahoe is still focused on Mackinaw. You may also hook a Rainbow or Brown Trout, depending on where you fish.
March
As the water starts warming up, anglers switch to toplining for Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, and trophy Mackinaw. Fishing deeper waters for school size Mackinaw is still productive, too.
April
The hustle and bustle of spring continue, with anglers reeling in all the local Trout species on a regular basis. Fishing the Tahoe Keys, bays, and estuaries could produce Bass, Crappie, and Catfish.
May
Kokanee Salmon are starting to make an appearance in Lake Tahoe, but are still a long way from their peak season. Trout fishing continues to be excellent, so whether you want Macks or Rainbows, you’re golden.
June
Warmer temperatures drive Mackinaw and Trout into the deeper waters of the lake. You might still hook a Trout here and there, but you’re most likely to catch Macks while trolling, drifting, and jigging.
July
The Kokanee season is in full swing come July. When you get your share of hard-fighting delicious landlocked Sockeye, head to the deeper waters in search of Mackinaw and go home with a mixed bag.
August
Summer fishing action on Lake Tahoe is on point, with stellar fishing and family-friendly events. Kokanee is still the favorite catch, and while Mackinaw might be hiding out in the deep, they’re hungry.
September
As temperatures start cooling off again, Rainbow Trout return to the shallows to feed. Many Lake Tahoe fishing guides switch to light tackle spinning, often catching more than a dozen Trout on a good day.
October
Fish the deep water for Mackinaw or cast a few lines in the shallows for Rainbow Trout. This month, locals celebrate the Kokanee spawning run at the Kokanee Salmon Festival in Taylor Creek, so definitely stop by if you’re in the area!
November
Salmon and Trout fishing are still strong in November. If you’re looking to unwind and have a productive day on the water, this is a good time to cast your line on the lake and enjoy the excellent bite.
December
The holiday season marks the beginning of many festivities in towns all around the lake. When you’re not busy celebrating, spend the day on these clear blue waters, reeling in good Mackinaw.

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Go early parking is limited and purchase your fishing lic at Ace Hardware in Truckee.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go early parking is limited and purchase your fishing lic at Ace Hardware in Truckee.
Philip  J.
Philip J. Kent, WA
Your arms will get tired reeling in all the fish lol. JK it’s a blast definitely a must do when in Tahoe.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Your arms will get tired reeling in all the fish lol. JK it’s a blast definitely a must do when in Tahoe.
Ben  M.
Ben M. Henderson, NV
Little chilly, but nice October day in Tahoe. Can't beat the sunrise and mountain views and the clean gorgeous water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Little chilly, but nice October day in Tahoe. Can't beat the sunrise and mountain views and the clean gorgeous water.
Adrienne  M.
Adrienne M. Brookeville, MD
Great time! Landed 4 in the boat really early in the morning and had 3-4 other chances that the fish got lucky on.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great time! Landed 4 in the boat really early in the morning and had 3-4 other chances that the fish got lucky on.
Joe  S.
Joe S. Foristell, MO

Calneva Fishing Guide Services
Calneva Fishing Guide Services
Fishing charter in Minden
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Absolutely beautiful lake and Anthony was amazing, he knew the lake and knew what the fish wanted. By far the best guide I've had. Just go, you won't be disappointed
Wayne  H.
Wayne H. Ripon, CA
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Fishing charter in Carnelian Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(101 reviews)
Great time on the water, real good guy. The man knows where the fish are at for sure. Definitely recommend going with capt. brad.
Chris  S.
Chris S. Woodinville, WA
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Fishing charter in Carnelian Bay
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(101 reviews)
Limit of lake trout caught in about 3 hours (6 for 3 anglers). Captain and boat/gear did most of the work...no complaints on net productivity. Limited actual sport in the fishing trip though. Still, had a beautiful couple of hours on the lake, and enjoyed a great lake trout dinner that evening for all 9 of us in our airbnb.
Steven  G.
Steven G. Boca Raton, FL
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Fishing charter in Carnelian Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(101 reviews)
We had an amazing time. The Captain put us on the fish almost immediately and gave us some Lake Tahoe history. He answered all our questions and helped us with everything we needed. 5 stars
Anthony  F.
Anthony F. Bremerton, WA
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Fishing charter in Carnelian Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(101 reviews)
Captain Brad was awesome, the best boat guide I have ever had. We caught our limit in 2 1/2 hours and had an amazing time. We will be back next year.
Floyd  W.
Floyd W. Lodi, CA
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Fishing charter in Carnelian Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(101 reviews)
Captain Brad got us right on really good fish and we hocked up the entire trip. I booked the trip for two of my sons, my oldest grandson (14) and I. Within 20 min of leaving the dock we each had a quality fish on the boat, and we kept hacking up the entire trip. We kept 5 fish and released the rest. Captain rad was knowledgeable, easy going and a lot of fun. One of the best fishing experiences of my life and great memories for all.
Darrell  M.
Darrell M. West Covina, CA
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Fishing charter in Carnelian Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(101 reviews)
Capt Brad is the best! Caught our limit in 2 1/2 hours. We having grilled trout for dinner tonight. Don't pass a chance to fish with capt Brad!
Hugh  R.
Hugh R. Fredericksburg, TX
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Fishing charter in Carnelian Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(101 reviews)
Captain Brad could not of been more helpful and friendly. We caught lots of fish and had a great time!
Daryl  N.
Daryl N. Phoenix, AZ
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Fishing charter in Carnelian Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(101 reviews)
Capt. Brad was easy to work with and put us on fish. We caught a limit of Mackinaw Trout. He was very informative and has a great demeanor. I've fished with many guides in many different places and I highly recommend Capt. Brad for some Lake Tahoe fishing.
Matthew  T.
Matthew T. Orange, TX
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Fishing charter in Carnelian Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(101 reviews)
My three kids and I had a great time out on the lake with Capt Brad. Knowledgeable and was able to answer all the questions that came out of the kids mouths.
Brandon  J.
Brandon J. Westminster, CO
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Fishing charter in Carnelian Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(101 reviews)
Boat and gear are top notch, clean and well maintained. Brad was great. Had us on fish within half an hour of hitting the water.
Robert  B.
Robert B. Plymouth, CA
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Fishing charter in Carnelian Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(101 reviews)
Our trip was amazing! Captain Brad knew exactly where to find the fish. He was very helpful with the rods and lures. All of us caught at least 2 fish a piece. It was relaxing watching the full moon set on one side of the lake and the sun rise on the other. Will definitely do this again! Captain Brad was just the Best!
Phillip  M.
Phillip M. Fallon, NV
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Fishing charter in Carnelian Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(101 reviews)
Captain Brad had us hooking trout immediately. It is as if he called the fish in advance and told them where to meet us. Highly recommend.
Thomas  R.
Thomas R. Sausalito, CA
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Fishing charter in Carnelian Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(101 reviews)
A wonderful trip. Had my son , 17 yr old and 10 yr old grandson and he was great with everyone. Caught our limits and had a great time doing it. I would fish with Capt. Brad anytime.
Peter  H.
Peter H. Santa Rosa, CA
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Fishing charter in Carnelian Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(101 reviews)
We were 4 very rusty fishermen. Capt. Brad did a great job or explaining and getting us catching fish. Excellent time on a nice boat with great equipment.
Joshua  H.
Joshua H. Canton, MA
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Fishing charter in Carnelian Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(101 reviews)
This is the second time we've been out with Captain Brad and he did not disappoint! He knows all of the best fishing spots and the best times to go. We started at 9:30 and within two hours caught nine fish. We will be eating well tonight! Looking forward to the next time out!
Adrienne  R.
Adrienne R. Reno, NV
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Fishing charter in Carnelian Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(101 reviews)
Amazing trip. I was a little worried about leaving at 9:30AM. Thought it might be too late. Caught all the fish we could and released more. Would definitely do it again. Captain BRAD was perfect.
Susan  W.
Susan W. Stateline, Nevada
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Fishing charter in Carnelian Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(101 reviews)
It was an amazing trip. Captain Brad had great equipment and knew all the hot spots. We caught our limit in no time. Can't wait to go back.
Vicki  F.
Vicki F. Danville, CA
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Fishing charter in Carnelian Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(101 reviews)
Fishing great totally a super day. Highly recommended. We all would go back in a heartbeat. Peter Backus
Peter  B.
Peter B. Santa Rita, AZ
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Fishing charter in Carnelian Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(101 reviews)
Really enjoyed our trip Captain was a real nice guy very informative about the lake and the area. The fishing was kind of slow but he made adjustments until we were able to start catching fish. Everyone was able to catch a couple fish had a great time.
Jeff  R.
Jeff R. Brownsville, TX