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Weather puts a crimp into Tahoe action

Published: Nov 09, 2017

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The first winter storm of the year hit last Friday at Lake Tahoe and that kept many boats off the water and made for challenging conditions for the boats that ventured out.


JIGGING TAHOE IS working on Mackinaw lake trout, and Jim Alley booked a trip with Eagle Point Sport Fishing and brought along his friend, “Lance,” who jigged up this 14-pound Mackinaw along the west shoreline.

“We made it out last Friday and it was really windy and nasty,” said Zach Gordon of Tahoe Sportfishing. “We were able to pick up some lake trout, but it’s been a grind. You have to move around a lot and pick at fish.”

Gordon said the Mackinaw landed last week averaged 2 to 5 pounds but a lot of smaller, schoolie-sized fish weighing 2 to 3 pounds were being caught.

“We have been working the schools and getting a lot of small fish,” Gordon said. “It’s pretty typical for this time of year. It’s starting to slow down a bit.”

The colder temperatures will further cool the water and draw browns and rainbows into shallower water, presenting a better opportunity for anglers in the coming weeks.

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