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South Lake Tahoe: Mackinaw bite during calm days

Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Feb 14, 2020

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Warm weather and good fishing greeted anglers who headed out onto Lake Tahoe late last week and Mackinaw lake trout were the result of fishing efforts.

CALM DAYS MAKE for good fishing at Lake Tahoe, but on Sunday, the lakes was blown to smithereens with wind gusts to 50 mph, creating conditions like these at Regan Beach looking northeast on Sunday. PHOTO BY JD RICHEY

On Monday and Tuesday the high temperatures were in the low 20’s, which made fishing uncomfortable. By mid-week, however, it looked and felt like spring and boaters who took advantage of the conditions caught plenty of macks.

“We had three boats out on Saturday in the morning and they all limited out, and then we had one go out for an afternoon and they also limited,” said Zach Gordon of Tahoe Sportfishing. Unfortunately, the weather kicked up on Sunday and the lake looked like the ocean.

“The boats have been fishing Baldwin and Rubicon in 160 to 200 feet of water,” he said. “The macks have been running mostly 3 to 5 pounds.”

Gordon said that trolling live minnows on downriggers or drifting them along the bottom have been the best bets.

Some of the local anglers have been trolling big Rapala type baits around for browns lately and have been picking up the occasional fish.

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