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    • May 25, 2018
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    Kevin Scull July 23, 2018

    I have never fished Lake Tahoe and I’m looking to do some trolling around the Keys and maybe a little shore fishing I’m interested in getting information on what to use to troll for rainbows and brown trout gear and bait wise. What depth and times to fish too. Thank you.

    Ed (Owner of Tailored Tackle) July 23, 2018

    Hi Kevin,
    Great questions. Our Trout Fishing Kit that will be launching at the end of this month will have the essential Trout tackle to target them from shore and a handful of spoons and spinners that can double as trolling lures. Until then this is what I would recommend. If you are fishing from shore, find a rocky point or ledge and use live worms. I was down there for a ski trip a while back and spoke with some of the locals, they recommended a simple egg sinker (1/4 oz – 1/2 oz) on your main line tied to a swivel, about 2 ft. of a fluorocarbon or mono-filament leader (8-10lbs) tied to a #6 bait-holder hook. Hook on a half nightcrawler or a full redworm. This method is going to be a lot of sitting and waiting, your goal is to get as far out from the rocky point as you can, hopefully its over a drop off so your bait could be anywhere between 15-40 ft. depth from shore. In this case its going to be more about finding structure like a point or a ledge to fish off of than the actual depth as long as your in that general range. If you don’t feel like waiting around a kastmaster spoon in silver will work but probably not as consistently as the worm approach. Use a 1/2 oz. for the casting distance. Trolling is a whole other beast and from what I have read on Tahoe is subject to local knowledge. I would highly recommend hiring a charter for a shorter trip to learn the trolling techniques and area around your target (Tahoe Keys). If you do have a boat with electronics (big part of this) and want to go try things out I would recommend finding the thermocline layer and present yourself above it a few feet vs. targeting a specific depth. Trout can be anywhere in the water column but often hold to the thermocline wherever that is landing. You can find it by turning the sensitivity of your electronics up and it should be a fuzzy consistent line on your sonar about 3/4 to halfway up the water column. Tahoe is really deep up to 1600 ft. your probably going to need downriggers with clips to get the trolling set up down to the thermocline. However during spring (sorry we are past it) Trout will be higher in the water column and you could potentially target them without downriggers. I would run some typical west coast trout trolling set ups like a wedding ring worm harness and either thread it with a nightcrawler or shoe peg corn with the leader tied to a smaller trout flasher. This may sound like gibbirish as there is a lot that goes into these factors which I do not have enough space for in the comments. Ill try to get a blog post out on trolling for trout. Trolling a lake like Tahoe is a pretty big endeavor in terms of financial investment and time so I would really recommend cutting that down by hiring a guide to figure out the basics and see if its something you really want to pursue before going all in. This is a mistake I made when I first moved to Washington state. It took me about 10 trips and $1000 in gear to figure out on my own a set up that took only 20 minutes of that time and $30 to execute. That set up is now my main option and would have saved me weeks and $ if I would have invested in a short 3 hour trip with a local guide. Forgot, time I would recommend getting out there early. Your best days will likely be cloudy overcast, especially when the waters a bit cloudy. Clear water makes trout fishing in lakes very challenging, they are more finicky when they are able to monitor larger surroundings.

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