Lake Tahoe Fishing Charters

Mile High Fishing Charters is a professional, full-time fishing guide service located at the Tahoe Keys Marina & Yacht Club in South Lake Tahoe, CA. We offer half day, full day and multiple days fishing excursions for both shared and private groups as well as custom charter packages. Lake Tahoe offers some of the best freshwater sportfishing in the world, giving anglers the chance to catch Mackinaw (lake trout), Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout and Kokanee Salmon year round. If you would like to experience the fun and exciting adventure fishing offers than don’t settle for anything less than Mile High Fishing Charters, the premier fishing guide service in South Lake Tahoe.

Mile High Fishing Charters

For over twenty years Captain Joby has been fishing in the Lake Tahoe area. He and all of his fishing guides are Master Guides in both California and Nevada and have their Coast Guard Captain’s licenses. With his experience, he will not only get you to where the fish are but he will get you hooked on them too. His 26 foot Tahoe Fishing Boat was built for fishing the waters of Lake Tahoe in comfort. It is a clean and modern boat equipped with the latest state of the art fish finding electronics and equipment from Lowrance to help you land the big ones of the lake. It even has a heated cabin. It has plenty of room for six to fish comfortably. As such, it has never been more enjoyable to land a big fish on the scenic waters of Lake Tahoe.

Lake Tahoe: A fisherman's paradise

Lake Tahoe is one of the largest alpine lakes in the world. It is 22 miles long and is an average of 989 feet deep. These deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe are teeming with fish of all kinds for year-round fishing. Even though there are plenty of fish in the lake when fishing Lake Tahoe an experienced Captain is needed to get to the fish. You can fish from the shore but many of the places that you want to cast from are private property and quite honestly the fish just are not there. In order to find and hook the fish you need a boat and that is where a fishing charter service like Mile High Fishing Charters comes in handy. They will take you to where the fish are.

the main fish species we catch while fishing lake tahoe

Lake Tahoe is home to many fish. There are the smaller fish that frequent the shallows and shallower waters like bass, whitefish, crappie, sculpin, catfish and more. Then there are the trophy fish of the lake that we target, the Rainbow Trout, the Brown Trout, the Mackinaw or Lake Trout and the Kokanee Salmon. These fish are not native to the lake but are transplants that have strived in the cold waters of Lake Tahoe and have been successfully creating new generations. This is good because it means that for now they will not be overfished.

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow Trout are one of the most sought after freshwater game fish in Lake Tahoe. One of the most common and easiest species of Trout, the Rainbow Trout is both abundant in many areas of the world. They can be found in rivers and streams as well as lakes and ponds. Rainbow Trout get their name from the colors that shine on their skin. The colors of their backs can vary from brown to blue but all Rainbow Trout have a pinkish band running the length of their body and a silver underside that fades to pearl white. Wild caught Rainbow Trout is not just delicious it is also a fun fish to catch. When being reeled in they put up a good fight and often jump.

Colorful Rainbow Trout about to be released
Big brown trout two guys caught in Lake Tahoe with Captain Joby

Brown Trout

The Brown Trout are not as common as their cousin the Rainbow Trout. They live in the same places and eat the same foods as the Rainbow but they are much harder to catch. They are usually found in cooler water river and lakes although they are found in harbors and some are even found in the ocean. Browns have different shades of brown sides, from deep brown to tan to pale yellow. They are sprinkled with black, brown and red spots on their sides and gills. The average size for a Brown Trout is 1 to 2 pounds. but they can weigh as much as the world record of 40 pounds. A catch of over four pounds is a real prize. Browns are determined fighters that can display some wild jumps when hooked.

Mackinaw Trout

The Mackinaw Trout or as it is sometimes called, Lake Trout is a freshwater fish living mostly in North America but can be found throughout the world. They are found in cool deep water lakes. Not native to Lake Tahoe this voracious fish survives well in the colder waters rich with smaller fish. While its name is Trout it is actually in the Char family. The body, dorsal and tail fins of most Mackinaw are brown or dark green and marked with yellowish or white spots while the other fins are usually unmarked and lined with white. The largest of the trout it can reach sizes over 90 lbs but a 5-30 lb. Mackinaw is more common. Mackinaws are strong fighters and are prized as a game fish.
Trout Fishing in Lake Tahoe
A lady holding her catch of Kokanee Salmon in Lake Tahoe

Kokanee Salmon

The Kokanee Salmon also known as Kokanee Trout is a smaller sized landlocked strictly freshwater Sockeye Salmon. Kokanee are relatively small growing to 9-12 inches and weighing 1 lb. on average however they can reach sizes of 20 inches and weighing 3-5 lbs. Kokanees have a blue back, silver sides and small dots on the back and tail. During spawning season males will turn a deep crimson color while the females turn a dingy black. Just like the Sockeye, the Kokanee spawns once in their lifetime and after spawning dies. Also just like its cousins, Kokanee Salmon are a fun fish to hook up with and a delicious fish to eat.

THE LATEST CUSTOMER REVIEWS

Melissa B
Melissa B
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My family of five had a great time fishing this Summer with Joby. His boat is roomy and top notch. Joby really knows fishing, especially on Lake Tahoe. We all caught some. Joby gave us some great cooking tips that we used later that night. I normally don't enjoy eating fish but they turned out great. I was worried about it being awkward being on a boat with a stranger, but he is very personable and easy to chat with. We will definitely book again next time we visit Tahoe.*plan on booking well ahead of your trip, his schedule is quite full*
Dan Horrock
Dan Horrock
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Couldn't ask for a better time fishing with Captain John ...he got us all set up for a successful day of fishing...my wife really enjoyed reeling in the fish !! We went twice with Captain John, and he helped make the trip one we won't forget !!
April Chambers
April Chambers
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Couldn't ask for a better time fishing with Captain John ...he got us all set up for a successful day of fishing...my wife really enjoyed reeling in the fish !! We went twice with Captain John, and he helped make the trip one we won't forget !!
Thomas M
Thomas M
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Awesome experience for my boys, bro-in-law and I. Joby is da man. He truly cares about his guests having the best possible experience. If you follow his simple instructions you will have a great time fishing.We went twice with Captain John, and he helped make the trip one we won't forget !!
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types of fishing charters we offer

Mile High Fishing Charters is pleased to offer both public and private fishing trips. We also host small, intimate groups upon request. All charters are run aboard our spacious boat that offers industry-leading fishing tackle and equipment.

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