The Fish Sniffer - Macks Provide Limits, Kokanee Available Too
Macks Provide Limits, Kokanee Available Too

Written By: Dan Bacher, July 21, 2014
Species: Kokanee Mackinaw
Location: Lake Tahoe,

Lake Tahoe has been the scene of very productive deep water mackinaw fishing and there is a solid kokanee bite at the lake’s south end. The days are long and warm and the weather has been calm, making this an ideal time to hit the big lake for an early morning trolling adventure.

The folks at Tahoe Sportfishing have been putting their clients on steady limits of 3 to 5 pound mackinaw and they’ve been hooking quite a few kokanee ranging up to and beyond the 18 inch mark. The hot ticket for the macks has been minnow rigged behind a set of cowbell flashers.

Gene St. Denis of Blue Ribbon Charters has been working the north end of Tahoe for mackinaw with great success. His clients have been getting steady limits of macks. Most of the fish are running 4 to 6 pounds, but some larger fish to 10 are showing occasionally. White dodgers teamed with minnows are Gene’s secret to success.

Mickey Daniels of Mickey’s Big Mack Charters continues to catch macks up at the north end of Tahoe. Daniels’s clients have been keeping a few fish in the 3 to 7 pound class for the table. The rest of the fish are tagged and released.

Captain Rick Kennedy of Tight Lines Guide Service has been vacationing in Idaho. Before departing, he was fishing Tahoe for mackinaw to 6 pounds as well as kokanee salmon. Kennedy’s macks had been coming out of 150 to 300 feet of water on a variety of offerings including Gulp! minnows and Sep’s Pro Secrets.



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