Tahoe fishing

When you come to a lake town for vacation, especially one like Lake Tahoe, you’ve probably planned plenty of lake activities. Swimming, snorkeling, boating, or just laying out on the shore for some extra sun can occupy your time for the whole trip. Anglers of the group won’t be able to resist the urge to cast a line and may even try to plan a trip around when their favorite Lake Tahoe fish species will be biting most.


There are many types of trout swimming the waters of Lake Tahoe. Rainbow trout are likely to bit most during May to mid-November, brown and brook trout prefer early summer, and cutthroat trout are fewer, but enjoy the water most in the spring and summer.


If you’re casting a line into the lake in search of largemouth or smallmouth bass, make sure to spend your time in and around Tahoe Keys. It’s the only section of the lake that has really good numbers of each due to its warmer, shallower water. Both are most active in the late spring and early summer, during their spawning season.

Many Lake Tahoe Fish Species to Choose From

While trout and bass are what you’ll find at the end of your line the most, you may find yourself hooking others like crappie, bluegill, whitefish, sculpin, and even small catfish, each with spring and fall times for best results. You may even hook a huge goldfish! The invasive species was introduced to the lake when someone released it without knowing the impact it would have.


Lake Tahoe is great for fishing year-round, and there are several species biting no matter how bundled up you are. No matter what time of year you’re here, you can tell your latest Tahoe fish story about Mackinaw (Lake) trout with a high season of March-June, Kokanee – which have a high season of July-October.

When to Fish Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe and the surrounding area is a locale full of four-seasons fun. Water sports in the spring and summer make way for winter sports like skiing and snowboarding in the winter. But no matter what time of year it is, you can schedule in a little time on the lake with your rod and reel. Make your home base a North Lake Tahoe vacation rental provided by Tahoe Signature Properties. Many of our vacation rental homes include flat screen TVs, cozy and stylish furnishings, and stunning master suites. Cook up your catch of the day in a fully equipped kitchen, then gather in the open living and dining space to share the meal. Retreat to a private bedroom for a good night’s sleep before another day on the water. Choose a premium unit that may include perks like stainless steel appliances, wood floors, and beautiful and stylish bedrooms to make your stay comfortable and memorable to keep you coming back for years to come!

Call us today to start planning your Tahoe fishing trip!