Standard FAQ

How big are your boats?

We have 8 Coast Guard Certified vessels in our fleet ranging in sizes from 30 feet to 45 feet.

How many other people will be on the boat?

We like to keep our charters nice and roomy and typically have 6-8 fisherman per boat on our public charters. We can accommodate larger groups on our private charters.  All our boats are Coast Guard Certified.  Our Island Hoppers are Coast Guard Certified for 12-15 passengers.  Our Seahawks are Coast Guard Certified for up to 18 passengers and the Prophet is Coast Guard Certified for 35 passengers.  

What does it mean to be “Coast Guard Certified”?

We choose to be Coast Guard Certified because safety is our #1 priority. We go through extensive annual Coast Guard inspections including:

  • Mandatory random drug testing for the crew and CPR Certification.
  • High water alarms, which alerts when there is water too high within the vessel.
  • Automatic fire extinguishers will automatically shut off the fuel if triggered, and extinguish fire in the engine room.
  • All vessels have at least 36” railings for the safety of small children, which does not require children to wear life vests.
  • All vessels have the required number of certified life preservers on board.
  • All vessels have first aid kits, life rafts, life rings and strobe water lights on board.

Will I catch fish?

We catch fish daily! Our Captains are out on the lake 365 days per year and it is their job to help you catch fish. Lake Tahoe is a tricky lake to fish, but our skilled crew will guide you! It is important to listen to all instructions given to you from the crew so you as the angler can land fish in the boat!

What food/drinks will be on the boat?

Water is provided on every charter and hot coffee will be available in the morning. You are more than welcome to bring any additional food or drinks with you on the boat, just as long as there are NO BANANAS! 😉

What do I need to bring with me?

Dress in layers so you are prepared for Lake Tahoe weather. Winters in Lake Tahoe are a dry cold – so dress in your winter attire!

Sunscreen, hats, gloves, a camera and your fishing license if you have one!

Where do I park during my fishing charter?

You can park in the Ski Run Marina lot for free during the winter month. Between May and September parking is $6/hour or a max charge of $30/day.  During the Summer months Zephyr Cove Marina charges $10/day for parking.

What is the difference between a Public and a Private charter?

A Public charter is ideal for parties from a single fisherman to 5 people. If you party is 6 or more it will be considered as a Private Charter. Private Charters ensure that it is just you and your party on the boat with your own crew.

Do I need a fishing license?

Everyone who is 16 and older is required to have a fishing license. Both California and Nevada fishing licenses work on Lake Tahoe. We have a CA Fish and Game license kiosk in our office and can issue you a 1-day license for $17.02 each. We also can issue annual, 2-day, 10-day, additional stamps and hunting licenses and draws.


Is Tahoe Sport Fishing open?

Yes, we are open and are still limiting the capacity of our charters to the best of our ability.

What can I do to support Tahoe Sport Fishing?

If you’d like to support our business, please consider booking a trip or buy a gift card for later use! If you come out fishing with us and have a good time, let the deckhand know you appreciate them by leaving them a good tip.

What is your cancellation/refund policy?

Our normal cancellation policy is 72 hours before your trip. We charge 50% of the costs if your cancellation is within 72 hours of your refund. We charge the full amount if you cancel the day of your trip. Due to the extreme set of circumstances we continue to find ourselves in, we are being flexible within reason. Our reasons are not as flexible as they were last year. Please understand that we do this in good faith, and we appreciate as much notice that you can give us if you need to cancel your trip. We will still operating with reduced numbers, which makes it hard to pay all expenses and still make a profit. Last minute cancellations will be a big loss for all of us involved, who are trying to recover from last year. We cannot guarantee a refund for day of cancellations as our staff is already there working.

Can I buy the whole boat for a private trip for my group?

Yes! That is a great way to play it safe. Since our capacity will change as restrictions ease. You can book the whole boat. You will need to pay the costs associated with renting the whole boat. PLEASE NOTE, this may change between the time of booking and the trip. If it increases, we’ll call you to see if you’d like to book out the extra spots. To find out our current capacity or book your trip, call us directly at 530.541.5448

This all sounds like a lot of work just to go fishing, is this fishing trip still going to be any fun?

Yes! What doesn’t sound better right now than getting out in the fresh air and hauling in some fish? You have the unique opportunity to fish from large, comfortable boats with a smaller number of people onboard. Our crew loves fishing, and even though reduced numbers make it tough to pay bills, we just want to get out there and do what we love. We think you’ll have a great time, even if we all have to make some adjustments to the way we would normally do things. Also consider that you are directly contributing to keeping our crew working during this difficult time, so we can still be here for you when things start to get back to normal. Thanks for your continued support!

How can I help keep Tahoe residents safe, considering their limited healthcare services?

The number one way to keep us all safe is to STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK. Also, PLEASE STAY HOME IF A FAMILY MEMBER IS SICK. If you have knowingly been exposed to someone with Covid-19, PLEASE STAY HOME. We do ask that you call us as soon as possible if you need to cancel your trip so that we can work to get the spots filled.

What if I feel sick and it’s already in the time frame for a refund?

CALL US. Please be honest with us and yourself about your symptoms. Take note if it is allergies, a hangover, or anything else that affects you. We want to keep our passengers, captains and crew safe than take a chance. We are being extremely flexible with refunds due to the extenuating circumstances.

When is your office open?

Our office is currently open.. We are usually at the office in the morning when there are boats going out, and then staffed from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Can I still come by the office for a fishing license?


Can I still come by the office to buy swag?

Yes. Please ask for assistance with sizes.

What is an e-waiver and why do I need to sign it?

The new e-waiver includes the passenger contract and information on possible risks you may encounter should you choose to fish from a charter boat. This new e-waiver will be accessible via an email/text link sent to the person who booked the reservation, who must then have each person in their party fill it out (you can just forward/copy and paste the email/text to each person). We are ironing out the details of this new system, so we thank you for your patience!

How many people will be on the boat?

We are still running at a reduced capacity. The number of people allowed onboard will likely vary with each boat and each trip type, but our current policy is to allow for plenty of room to fish. We do anticipate increasing our capacity if possible as the summer goes on and restrictions continue to relax, as long as it seems safe to do so.

Are you allowing ride alongs?

We do not offer ride alongs for public charters. We do have ride along rates for private charters with restrictions.

Are children under 5 still free?


Are you still providing food on board?

Unfortunately, we no longer provide food. Please feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks – just NO BANANAS!

Do I need to wear a mask?

Per the new CDC guidelines, masks are not required for individuals that are fully vaccinated in outdoor spaces. If you are fully vaccinated you are more than welcome to go mask-free on our boats. Please still wear your mask in our office/store.

How can I tip the deckhand without shaking their hand?

You are more than welcome to give the captain a tip and forgo the handshake or leave the tip in the office. If you prefer to leave a tip by card, the office staff can assist you. Be sure you tell us which Captain your tip should go to!

Can I smoke on board?


Lake Tahoe Daily Fish Limits

Makinaw (Lake Trout) – limit 2/day

A combined fish total of 5 fish altogether.

Helpful reminders

What to Bring?

We recommend that our customers dress in layers, so as to be prepared for all weather conditions. November through May can bring snow and/or rain and cold temperatures. Unlike weather in other parts of the country, cold weather here is a dry cold. Don’t forget a hat and sunscreen!

  • Layers of Clothes
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen


Fishing License

Don’t forget your CA or NV State Fishing License! All fisherman 16 & older are required to have a fishing license for either California or Nevada.

If you don’t have one already, we sell the CA one-day and annual licenses in our Ski Run office!

The one-day license is $17.02 each and can be purchased when you check in for your charter.

Ski Run Marina 

900 Ski Run Boulevard, Suite 101
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Phone: (530) 541-5448

Zephyr Cove Marina 

Closed for the season
760 Highway 50
Zephyr Cove, NV 89448
Phone: (775) 586-9338


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