Mackinaw are in full spawn mode

Lake Tahoe

by Doug Busey

Mackinaw are in full spawn mode. Larger fish from 4-10 lbs are being caught from 140-220 ft down across the south shore. Smaller immature mackinaw have moved up and fish from 1-3 lbs can be caught in 20-40 ft water as they are corralling bait. The larger fish are full of eggs and milt and meat is off color. Smaller fish not mature to spawn are nice, firm meat and much better to harvest for table fare. Rainbows, Browns, and the stocked Cutthroat seemed to really back off with the large storm we had. Many mature trout went into river systems to spawn or follow the spawning fish. Including the Kokanee which have been observed in Taylor, Upper Truckee, Trout creek and also large shore schools by chimney beach. For more information call Tahoe Toplinners at 530-721-0593.

Good luck on your next fishing adventure. If you have a question. a report in our local fishing area or have a photo of your catch, send it to [email protected]. Hope to see you on the waters. Good fishin' and tight lines.

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