Enjoy a day of boating in Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is a famous lake on the border between California and Nevada. Lake Tahoe is big; about 22 miles long and 12 miles wide, fed by 63 tributaries. Lake Tahoe boating is extremely popular not just because of this size, but it is also a unique destination because it is incredibly deep with a staggering maximum depth of over 1600 feet. That’s well over twice the length of line you have on your spinning reel!

A brief search on the internet reveals that there are a wide range of opportunities for Lake Tahoe water sports. Besides lake kayaking and stand up paddle boards, there are other lake boat options such as guided cruises, Jet Ski rentals, and even parasailing for the truly insane, er, I mean, “adventuresome.”  There are numerous events to check out too such as sailboat racing and a wooden boat show.

Besides keeping your boat registration up to date, there are other Lake Tahoe boating tips to keep in mind. For example, make sure you have all of the safety equipment on your boat for seriously big water. It looks like there is even a coast guard presence there. And with so many water sports available, be sure to watch out for other water crafts and share the water responsibly.

And what good would Lake Tahoe boating tips be without including a fishing report?  When I’m on a boat, I need to be fishing.  From the reports I’m reading, Tahoe lake boats have opportunities to chase deep, coldwater species such as Kokanee salmon (landlocked sockeye salmon) and lake trout, which the locals may refer to as Mackinaw trout. At the tackle shops or marinas, you may even hear these fish referred to as “kokes” and “macs” for short. You also can try to hook a rainbow and brown trout while kayaking in Lake Tahoe or you may find it worthwhile to hire a charter boats to try to learn some of the time-saving techniques, lures, and locations first.

Although winter is almost here, there is still time to experience some Lake Tahoe boating if you are in the area. And it looks like there is something for everyone. Have you experienced Lake Tahoe boating?


Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”...  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie."  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.
Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well...
And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to www.takemefishing.org since 2011.