Northern CA Freshwater

South Lake Tahoe: Anglers tear it up on better kokanee, Mackinaw

BY PAUL LEBOWITZ/WON Staff WriterPublished: Aug 01, 2019

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Fishing was outstanding at Tahoe across the board for Mackinaw and larger kokanee, as well as rainbow trout and looks to continue.

TAHOE SPORTFISHING PUT Noah Tavares of Hawaii on this 14.8-pound Mackinaw lake trout being held up by Capt. Bobby Eggers. They fished 60 feet of water at the South Shore.

“Fishing has been dynamite!” Zach Gordon of Tahoe Sportfishing said. “It doesn’t matter what you want to do. We’re getting limits of kokanee early and picking away at lake trout afterwards.” He said the kokanee have been good fish, double the size they were catching just weeks ago. “We’re not seeing 10 to 12 inchers, we’re seeing a lot of 14 to 16 inchers and Friday we got a 17,” he said.

Those who request a Mackinaw-centered trip have been enjoying excellent fishing early in 120 to 180 feet of water. “We’re seeing some nicer lake trout mixed in, it’s been cool, and the kokanee fishing is like the old days,” Gordon said. “I have a feeling it’s going to be a good summer, the way it’s shaping up looks promising.”

Mike Nielsen of Tahoe Topliners echoed Gordon’s report. “Fishing was fantastic Sunday, we’ve had solid Mack action all week at 140 to 160 feet on fish from 2 to 7 pounds,” he said. You can get them however you like, trolling, on a variety of live minnows or on jigs. Kokanee have been scattered across the South Shore at 20 to 40 feet.

On the North Shore, Chuck Self of Chuck’s Charter Fishing agreed it was an excellent week. “It’s been more consistent, we’re catching fish and getting into some big ones too,” he said. 

tahoekeysbassTAHOE KEYS BASS — Tyler Nielsen caught this largemouth bass soaking a redside minnow in the Keys Marina at Lake Tahoe while helping Capt. Mike Nielsen of Tahoe Topliners clean his boat. Largemouth can live in the keys because the shallower, protected water remains warmer than the main lake.

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