Fishing at Lake Tahoe is a true adventure. And when you hook into a large Macinaw or Lake Trout, you’ll know why we call it sport fishing. Here is a profile of the fish that call Lake Tahoe and its feeder streams home.
Size, to 18.4 in. and 2 lbs. Silvery sides, brilliant steel-blue to bluish green back. No distinct black spots, color changes to red during spawning; dwarf landlocked form of a sockeye.
Habitat: Large oligotrophic lakes in the West. Anadromous, usually spawning in steams that have lakes as their source.
Size, to 4 ft. and 40 lbs. Tail deeply forked, fins not emarginated. color variable, from light gray, green, brown, to nearly black, with profuse irregular whitish (near pink) spots on back and sides, and pale spots on dorsal fin; color never bright; belly sometimes spotted.
Deep-water lakes; shallow water in fall and winter.
Size, to 30 inches and 15 lbs. body rounded in cross section. Head comparatively short, maxilla reaches to scarcely beyond eye; lining of mouth white. sides and belly silvery; when spawning in fresh water, a broad lateral, red stripe appears, especially in males.
Habitat: Cold, fast streams.
Size, to 3 ft. and 20 lbs. Distinguished by reddish-orange spots on back and sides of body, ringed with lighter pigment to form halos. back of tongue toothless; maxilla reached to point below back margin of eye. Color yellow-brown to brown, with with many spots on top of head, cheeks, back, and paired fins; sides yellow-brown, belly yellow to white.
Habitat: Anadromous, found occasionally in brackish water near mouths of streams and in warm and slow trout waters.