The Fish Sniffer - Big Mackinaw Move Shallow
Big Mackinaw Move Shallow

Written By: Danny Lloyd, June 12, 2014
Species: Mackinaw Trout
Location: Lake Tahoe,

Lake Tahoe has been producing some large mackinaw and browns over 10 pounds! With warmer weather here, fishermen should continue to see the lake produce some big fish all throughout the month of June

“I’ve been limiting out on mackinaw on every trip recently,” reported Gene St. Denis of Blue Ribbon Sport Fishing. “Our key to success continues to be trolling minnows behind a flasher in 180-220 feet of water around structure and humps. The fish are thick and once you get into them, pulling in limts isn’t a problem. We have also got into a few nice fish in the 10 pound class recently,” stated St. Denis.

Mickey Daniels of Mickey’s Big Mack Charters rated Tahoe’s mackinaw fishing as “very good” at this time.

“We are getting a lot of fish up to about 6 pounds. The deep-water bite has been really good. On any given day we either get into the fish first thing in the morning right at dawn or we get them about an hour later when we really start working the depths. The size of the mackinaw you hook depends mainly on the school of fish you encounter. Sometimes you get into a school of smaller fish, but other times you’ll find a school that consists of a larger grade of fish,” related Daniels.

The folks at Tahoe Sportfishing are scoring limits of macks for their clients while working off the south shore of Tahoe. They are using minnows teamed with both flashers and dodgers to draw strikes. With the arrival of summer, Tahoe Sportfishing will begin targeting kokanee along with the macks.


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