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Lakes Fishing Report

Updated July 12th, 2021


The fishing is best in the mornings and evenings at Donner Lake. Shore anglers are having good success right now from the regional park to the boat ramp, specifically from pier 16 to pier 13 using powerbait and worms. In China Cove, shore anglers are fishing best from the beach. The best access to the beach is to pay the entrance fee to Donner Memorial State Park and drive to the end of the road. Anglers looking for Macks are doing well jigging the deeper spots first thing in the morning and anglers looking for Kokanee should fish the 40-80 feet water column using standard kokanee bugs behind a dodger tipped with corn.

Donner Lake is currently at 87% capacity.



Boca Reservoir still has a good kokanee bite. Kokanee are biting from early morning until about 8am in the 40-50 feet water column. Anglers should use pink squids, pink dick knights, or a glow green squid behind the dodger of your choice. Shore anglers are having success using powerbait, worms, and salmon eggs in the boca inlet near the campground.

Boca Reservoir is currently at 55% capacity.



Fishing is doing okay at Stampede Reservoir, but the water levels are low. Anglers fishing for Kokanee are seeing the best results starting at 4am and fishing around 40-60 feet of water. In the really early mornings, anglers could see fish in the shallower waters, but as the sun rises, anglers should fish deeper. Some recommended bait for Kokanee are pink squids, glow hoochies, or dick knight spoons tipped with shoepeg corn behind a watermelon, orange or glow dodger. With the warm temperatures lately, smallmouth bass have also been a good species for anglers to fish. Anglers fishing smallmouth should focus near any rocky point outcropping or near the dam.

Stampede Reservoir is currently at 38% capacity.



The trout and bass fishing has been good at Prosser Reservoir. Trout are hugging the thermocline around 40-50 feet of water in front of the dam. Anglers should try using speedy shiners, rapalas, and large flashers and spoons. Anglers trolling for cutthroat or rainbows are having success towards the dam in the early morning or late evening. The fishing is slower in the afternoons due to the warm temperatures, but the bass bite is still good.

Prosser Creek Reservoir is currently at 47% capacity.



The fishing is good up at Jackson Meadows Reservoir. Water temperatures are cooler here so the trout bite has been more consistent. Anglers are having success fishing for browns and rainbows on the west end of the reservoir. Anybody trolling should try using rapalas, worms, kastmasters, or sierra spoons behind a dodger in 40-60 feet of water. Shore anglers are having some success using powerbait, worms, or panther martins.


LOCAL Guides

Jay Clark

Jay Clark Fly Fishing
(530) 414-1655
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Adam Eisenman

Woodgrain Guide Service
(530) 575-8125

Brian Slusser

Orvis Endorsed Guide
(530) 386-0525
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Dan Lecount

(530) 448-9265
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Jim Landis

Bigfly Guide Service
(530) 448-9920
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Matt "Gilligan" Koles

Tahoe's Premier Guide
(518) 225-6587

Lake Guides

Recommended for Donner Lake, Stampede, or Boca

Ed Fisk

Fish Tales Guide Service
(530) 559-7175

Marc Christophel

Christophel's Guide Service
(530) 680-1492

Captain Fish James

Tight Lines Guide Service
(888) 975-0990

Shaun Patrick Rainsbarger

Shaun's Guide Service
(530) 802-4484

Lake Tahoe Guides

Big Mack Charters

(530) 546-4444

Hooked Up Sport Fishing

(530) 546-2221

Tahoe Sport Fishing

(530) 541-5448

Chuck's Charter Fishing

(530) 546-8425

Captain Chris' Charters

(530) 583-4857

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