The Fish Sniffer - Two Mackinaws Totaling 48 Pounds 10 Ounces Boated!
Two Mackinaws Totaling 48 Pounds 10 Ounces Boated!

Written By: Danny Lloyd, April 20, 2014
Species: Mackinaw
Location: Lake Tahoe,

Gene St. Denis had a day of fishing most could only dream of. On March 28, Gene fished Lake Tahoe alone and managed to double up on two monster mackinaw with a combined weigh totaling 48 pounds 10 ounces! Each fish weighed respectfully 29.11 pounds and 18.15 pounds.

"We had perfect conditions this past week after that brief storm which brought tons of water and nutrients to the east side of the lake. The sudden push of water made fishing on the east shore near cave rock unbelievable," related Gene St. Denis of Blue Ribbon Sportfishing. "This has happened before and doesn't last long, so I had to get out as much as possible while it lasts."

Fifteen years ago Gene landed two fish weighing combined 44.8 pounds.

Gene caught these fish trolling 10 inch Monster Stiks covering in Pro Cure Trophy Trout Gel. He set one rod 900 feet behind the boat and the second rod 700 feet back. He was trolling 3 to 4.5 mph in 25 to 50 feet of water from Edgewood to Cave Rock Launch. Conditions were rough and battling and landing these two monsters is an amazing feat!

Mickey Daniels of Mickey's Big Mack Charters continues to catch limits of mackinaws 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.

Anglers fishing out of Tahoe Sportfishing in South Lake Tahoe continue to experience excellent mackinaw fishing on trolling adventures.

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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