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Surrounded by majestic peaks and perched on Lake Tahoe's north shore, Tahoe City is an unincorporated mountain town in California's Placer County. The city straddles California and Nevada. Avid freshwater anglers can consider the area a premier fishing destination because of its proximity to the biggest alpine lake in the United States that possesses clear and cool waters abundant with a variety of game.

With its rare cool climate despite being in California, Tahoe City is also a tried and true winter landing place where you can participate in all sorts of winter and snow-related activities. Its lake-front setting will also provide you with endless opportunities to do different activities in and near the water. There are also art galleries, museums, historical landmarks, and a bustling downtown area to visit. You'll never run out of things to do in the High Sierra gem, regardless of what season you visit.

Tahoe City Fishing: Exceptional Scenic Freshwater Fishing 

You'll find Tahoe City an ideal angling destination because of its many offerings under recreational or sport fishing. Whether you want to fish by the shore or set out on your charter boat, you'll always be able to find excellent fishing spots. 

Tahoe City won't be what it is without Lake Tahoe. The lake is the perfect place for avid freshwater fish anglers because of its cold and clear waters, vastness, beauty, and great fishing all year round. The biggest alpine lake in the United States is home to primarily wild fish, including species like Mackinaw (lake) trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, brook trout, cutthroat trout, kokanee or sockeye salmon, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, bluegill, whitefish, sculpin, catfish, and goldfish. If you want to pursue your targets off the water, the eastside is the best spot to do so. If you're fishing at the lake for the first time, it's best to book a fishing charter because of how big it is to ensure you have a productive time. You can also fish around the lake using a kayak. 

If you travel towards Fanny Bridge, you'll find Truckee River, which flows out to the lake. It's an excellent spot for fly fishing, especially for trout. It was initially the home of the endangered Lahontan cutthroat trout and cui-ui sucker, but now you can hook species like rainbow trout, brown trout, cutthroat trout, mountain whitefish, and largemouth bass. If you're keen on doing some surf casting, you can go to Commons Beach. More fishing spots onshore include Rubicon Point and Cave Rock to the west and east of Lake Tahoe, respectively.

Sawmill Pond is a great spot stocked with fish if you're fishing with children. It can be found just south of the lake. If you happen upon other backcountry lakes, you'll find that they support rainbow trout and golden trout.

Fish species
Smallmouth Bass 
Smallmouth Bass  fish

Habitat: Lake, River

Weight: 1 - 4 Pounds

Length: 12" - 27"

Largemouth Bass
Largemouth Bass fish

Habitat: Lake, Pond, Rivers

Weight: 2 - 22 Pounds

Length: 15" - 32"

Cutthroat Trout 
Cutthroat Trout  fish

Habitat: River, Shallows, Mountain Stream

Weight: 2 - 5 Pounds

Length: 8" - 39"

Rainbow Trout 
Rainbow Trout  fish

Habitat: River, Lake

Weight: 1 - 8 Pounds

Length: 16" - 34"

Sockeye Salmon 
Sockeye Salmon  fish

Habitat: Inshore, Lake, River

Weight: 4 - 15 Pounds

Length: 18" - 32"

Brook Trout 
Brook Trout  fish

Habitat: Lake, River

Weight: 1 - 10 Pounds

Length: 10" - 34"

Lake Trout 
Lake Trout  fish

Habitat: Lake

Weight: 5 - 15 Pounds

Length: 25" - 59"

Brown Trout
Brown Trout fish

Habitat: Lake, River

Weight: 2 - 40 Pounds

Length: 13" - 39"

Lake and Mountain Fun in Tahoe City

1. More Lakeside and In-lake Activities

Tahoe City’s access to the lake means you can easily take part in activities such as boating, waterskiing, kayaking, SUPing, swimming, fishing, and lake cruises. State parks and scenic areas also provide a great place for biking and hiking. You can also camp or go on a picnic and golfing even when it snows.

2. Winter Fun in California

Tahoe City is a wonder during the winter despite being in California. The small mountain scene, twinkling lights, and snowy backdrop make it an idyllic holiday destination on the west coast; you can explore downtown with its vibrant charm or visit one of the top alpine resorts located in the town. Skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, zip lining, tube runs, gondola rides, and more are offered in the city during the season. You can also catch Snowfest in the winter, like a version of Mardi Gras that offers parades, live music, and snow activities.

Fishing Techniques
Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing
Surf Casting
Surf Casting