The Fish Sniffer - Deep Trolling Yields Limits Of Mackinaw
Deep Trolling Yields Limits Of Mackinaw

Written By: Cal Kellogg, March 25, 2013
Species: Mackinaw
Location: Lake Tahoe,

Deep Trolling Yields Limits Of Mackinaw

(South Lake Tahoe) Late winter mackinaw fishing isn’t wide-open at Lake Tahoe, but the fishing is very productive with limits of keeper size fish being the rule on most days.

“We aren’t knocking them dead by any means, but we are getting around 8 fish per trip ranging up to 6 pounds most days,” related Mickey Daniels of Mickey’s Big Mack Charters. “This week I found a 23 inch mackinaw floating on the surface and it had a 13 inch mackinaw sticking out of its throat. It got its mouth around the smaller fish, but apparently choked on it. The other interesting thing that happened this week is that one of my clients landed a mackinaw I’d tagged back in 1997.”

Rick Kennedy of Tight Lines Guide Service has been targeting mackinaw in the Calneva area with good success. 

“I’ve been getting limits while trolling Sep’s Pro Secrets in Green Glow and other glow spoons from 180 to 260 feet deep,” disclosed Kennedy. “The fish we are getting run from 3 to 6 pounds. My key to success has been finding the fish and then working right along the bottom,” tipped Kennedy.

Gene St. Denis of Blue Ribbon Charters has been putting his clients on limits of macks in the 4 to 8 pound class while trolling minnows teamed with white dodgers at a variety of different locations. 

The folks at Tahoe Sportfishing reported near limits and limits for anglers trolling minnows teamed with flashers at the south end of the lake. 

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