The Fish Sniffer - Trollers Battle Mackinaw Trout
Trollers Battle Mackinaw Trout

Written By: Danny Lloyd, March 8, 2014
Species: Mackinaw
Location: Lake Tahoe,

"Fishing last week was excellent with great weather and fisherman landing some very nice fish and one monster mackinaw was landed on the 27th," reports Gene St. Denis of Blue Ribbon Charters.

With the heavy storm and a snow/rain mix last week, many visitors are hitting the slopes so fishing pressure will remain nearly non existent over the next month. On a recent trip St. Denis took his son Eric out after returning from boot camp in the Marines. They were rewarded with some very nice mackinaw to 10 pounds.

Eric stated, "It was time for me to get some fishing in with my dad during my leave! We arrived at Cave Rock launch to find not a single soul. After launching the PT-109 we set our lines back and started our trolling. Soon enough I saw the rod buckle over and started to hear that sweet sound of a screaming drag. After fighting the fish for a while and trying to keep the boat in position against the wind, we had a very nice 10+ pound mackinaw in the boat.”

Mickey Daniels of Mickey's Big Mack Charters reported that he has been catching limits to 8 pounds by working the shallows early in the morning and moving deeper throughout the day trolling minnows with a flasher or dodger off the bottom. This technique has provided limits day in and day out this winter, so if you have never fished Lake Tahoe now would be the time to do it if you're not against a little cold weather.

The foks at Tahoe Sportfishing have been fishing despite the colder weather and it has proved to be well worth the effort. Recent trips have managed limits almost everyday with some very nice and healthy mackinaw in the 4-6 pound class being taken daily. Some very nice browns have been taken recently as well.

With the water levels so low, Sand Harbor and El Dorado boat launch will remain closed. Both the Lake Forrest Ramp and Cave Rock Ramp remain open but remember they're only open from 6am-4pm daily. 


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