Summer in Lake Tahoe is Magical

Summer Time sunset over Lake Tahoe

Summer in Lake Tahoe is magical. The scenery is like nowhere else in the world, with the many blue colors of the lake, the greens of the Sierra Forest, and the majestic snowcapped mountains surrounding the lake.

There is so much to see and do during the summer months in Lake Tahoe.

For those avid skiers, you can still hit the slopes. As long as the weather permits, some ski resorts try to stay open till July 4th and beyond. Mountain biking is another popular sport, and there are many trails for beginners and courses for advanced riders. You could also opt for leisurely hikes up the mountains through beautiful flowered meadows, forests leading up to vistas of the lake in all its beauty.

You may want to do land activities while here, but the water is where the fun is at. There are plenty of beaches all over the lake, with the most popular being Sand Harbor and Zephyr Cove. In addition, you can kayak, paddleboard, waterski/wakeboard, parasail, jet ski, and enjoy some incredible fishing.

Lake Tahoe is known worldwide as a destination for freshwater anglers, and the summer is a great time to get out on the water. In addition, the lake is known for some of the best inshore fishing in the country. Mackinaw, or as they are also known, Lake Trout, are always available year-round. The lake also has many other fish like Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Kokanee Salmon, etc.

Men holding two large trout
Photo ~ Mile High Fishing Charters

Summer is when Kokanee Salmon fishing is in full effect. Kokanee are landlocked relatives of the Sockeye Salmon, and their season is from July to October. These fish are significant, only averaging 1-2 pounds and 12-15 inches in length. Despite their size, Kokanee are aggressive fish. They are popular to catch because they are fierce and fun to reel in, and bonus, they are delicious to eat.

But while Kokanee are here in the summer in great numbers, they are still second fiddle to the big Macks that people come to Lake Tahoe for. Mackinaw, or as they are also known Lake Trout are the big dogs of the lake. The average size is around 15 pounds, but 20-30 pounders are not unheard of. Mackinaw is fun fish to catch. They rip your line and fight hard. They are also known to jump. Large Macks are known as Lakers, and every angler is coming to Lake Tahoe is searching for one of these beasts. It is a real thrill to have a big laker on the line.

Both Mackinaw and Kokanee go deep in the warm weather. However, they prefer water temperatures of 54 degrees Fahrenheit or colder, and you can find them 100 ft. deep or more.

Two women holding three trout on a boatPhoto ~ Mile High Fishing Charters

Mackinaw Trout are not the only trout you can catch during the summer months on the lake. Rainbow, Brown, Brook, Cutthroat, and Golden Trout can all be landed, but Brook, Cutthroat, and Golden Trout are rare and not the main catch. The best time of year for Rainbow Trout is May and September to November, but you can still find them cruising the deeper waters during the warm summer months. For the best chance for Brown Trout, you should try fishing just before dusk.

Also, there are plenty of large and smallmouth bass, crappie, bluegills, and other fish species during the summer.

Lake Tahoe is a summer destination for vacationers wanting to relax, gamble, and play a round of two golf. It is where anglers come to fish the abundance of the lake. It is one of the best places to be and the best times of the year to visit and fish.

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