- Liz Riggs
Have you always wanted to learn how to fish, but have been floundering at the prospect of trying to find the perfect location and instructor? Fishing is a wonderful pasttime, and once you learn the basics and get the hang of it, you’ll be out on your own in no time!
South Lake Tahoe is the perfect spot to learn to fish, not only because there are several lakes in the area packed with fish of all kinds and sizes, but it’s one of the most beautiful places on the west coast to kick back, drop a line and wait for a big one to bite. If you’ve never been fishing before, there’s no better time to start than on your next trip to Tahoe.
Tahoe South has a slew of excellent guides that will be more than happy to guide you on your first fishing adventure. Under their tutelage, you’ll soon get hooked on the sport!
Tahoe Angler Sport Fishing
Captain Tim Hennessey will share his wealth of knowledge with all of the passengers on this Lake Tahoe fishing charter. He is a master light tackle angler in Lake Tahoe, and his experience will guide the group to the most pristine catch in the lake. While Captain Tim can show any beginner the ropes in no-time, he can also help lifelong fishers improve their skills and techniques. A day spent with this fishing pro in Tahoe South is always an enjoyable and educational experience.
Mile High Fishing
This group has been chartering fishing expeditions in South Lake Tahoe for years, and has the sport down to a science. You can select from either a half-day or full-day trip, and won’t have to worry about bringing anything as all trips include bait and tackle, drinks and even breakfast burritos (upon request). You’re sure to have an unforgettable experience on beautiful Lake Tahoe. They also vacuum-pack or freeze the fish you catch to make it easier to transport home. Of course that’s only if you decide not to eat it while you’re here! If you preferthe idea of catch and release fishing, you can also request these types of charters.
O’Malley’s Fishing Charters
Want to learn the best ways to get trout and salmon to bite? Captain O’Malley is a qualified guide who will lead you to all of the lake’s hotspots. These Lake Tahoe fishing charters usually only have two to four people, which makes for a great atmosphere for learning. It’s nice to spend a day out on the lake with a guide who is truly passionate about fishing, and wants nothing more than to share the joys of his profession with others.
Tahoe Sport Fishing Co
The captains are available year-round, and offer a variety of trip types, including ones that are just an hour (which might be a good way to get your feet wet if you’re just starting out.) Captain Bobby is a crowd-pleaser, proving his knowledge and expertise daily, and always with a lot of patience -- which is important when you’re just starting out. If you bring your dog along on vacation, be sure to mention it when you make your reservations and you might even be able to bring him aboard with you! The boat is stocked with plenty of snacks and drinks. One really cool aspect of this Tahoe fishing group is that they have partnered with some of Tahoe’s top restaurants to serve up the fish you’ve caught so you can enjoy it for dinner!
Lake Tahoe is an ideal location to fish for the first time, as you can take advantage of the expert-knowledge of some of these great Tahoe fishing guides. If you prefer the self-taught methods, you can always rent a boat and all the necessary equipment at one of the local fishing stores. There, you’ll get the rundown on how to get started on your own. Either way, you’ll have a “reel” good time. (Sorry, couldn’t help myself!)
Lizz Riggs is the writer and editor of www.TahoesBest.com. Lizz lives in San Diego but sneaks away to Tahoe as often as possible. She enjoys hiking, biking, horseback riding and traveling, but only when her dog can join in on the fun.