The fishing scene in the Truckee/Tahoe area is extraordinary due to the unique alpine riverscapes Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains have intertwined to create. Fishermen and women can enjoy guided boat trips out to the depths of Lake Tahoe to catch Mackinaw, Brown, and Rainbow trout, as well as Salmon, all while taking in the 360 views of the surrounding majestic Sierra Nevada mountains. Other options one cannot ignore range from the Truckee River, outflowing directly from Tahoe’s icy cold, emerald waters; Or the three different reservoirs (Stampede, Prosser, and Boca) birthing from the northern sierra’s Little Truckee River. The Little Truckee River itself also provides exceptional fishing.
The Truckee River is the only outflow from Lake Tahoe and flows to Pyramid lake deep in the Nevada desert. The river hosts cutthroat, brown, and rainbow trout, and provides fishermen and women with anything from shoreline casting, to technical fly fishing. The river fishing can be organized in four sections, from Lake Tahoe to the town of Truckee, the town of Truckee to Glennshire (East of Truckee), and Glennshire to the Nevada state line. All the sections provide pocket water, pools, and runs, as well as pristine alpine shorelines. Even near town, one cannot help notice the natural beauty of the area. Once in Nevada, the fishing is more urban as you are surrounded by the suburbs and city of Reno; however, this is where the trophy trout live. No matter if you are looking for that once in a lifetime trophy fish, or a relaxing alpine escape, the Truckee River is a fisherman or woman’s paradise. Besides the Truckee River, there is no shortage of fishing adventures in the area. Those looking for shoreline or boat fishing experiences can explore one of the many separate reservoirs—Stampede, Boca, and Prosser, which trap the Little Truckee River. Fishermen and women who fish such waters are treated to quiet shorelines and coves hiding various trout and bass species. Stampede and Boca, in particular, provide excellent kayak, float, and small motorboat fishing because of boat ramp access and secret coves to explore. We do recommend looking up the fish reports and water level over your targeted fishing waters, as fish species, access to boat ramps, and parking can vary based on water levels.
Matt Heron Fly Fishing’s primary focus is education and guiding. Their classes and trips are great for everyone from families wanting to get their hands wet in a new sport, to expert anglers wanting to land a Truckee River fly fishing trophy.
Daily classes on their private, stocked ponds usually run May through the fall. Trips in the Truckee or Little Truckee rivers are year-round!
Four Seasons offers wading, still boat, and Japanese style fly fishing in packages of day and multi-day trips. They guide the Truckee and Little Truckee Rivers, as well as the area’s reservoirs. Their expertise of the area’s water, and range of offerings promise an amazing high sierra fly fishing experience.
Bearfish Alliance provides clients with a true passion, history, and expertise over the Truckee River. They stick to the Truckee and specialize in catching “Bear sized Brown and Rainbow trout.” Fishermen and women who use Bearfish will no doubt experience the true spirit of fishing the Truckee River.
Shoreline fishing is not ideal in this massive lake, yet those who take out a boat or charter will no doubt have an unforgettable experience. The lake itself is a glory that even unlucky fishermen and women will treasure.
Captain Chris has been fishing Tahoe since 1980 and guiding since 1999. His guests are treated to a 25-foot Skipjack boat complete with cabin and restroom. His standard charter is 4 hours, and guests can expect to catch Mackinaw, and then Rainbow trout. Filleting fish for guests is optional.
Action Water Sports, amongst many services, provides a world-class fishing charter on a 28 foot Bertram boat. Guests enjoy snacks, beverages, and an executive chef-prepared meal from the catch at the Hyatt’s Lone Eagle Grill, as well as modern equipment, heated cabin and restroom, and fishing expertise.