Fishing Locations and Services

Truckee River (Truckee to Reno) (Map)

  1. Tahoe City to Trout Creek (E. Truckee) - Heavily stocked with catchable sized rainbows. Early in the season when the rest of the river is often muddy and high with runoff, this upper stretch remains fishable. (map)
  2. Trout Creek to the Boca Outflow - Designated Wild Trout Stream. It has a self-sustaining population of wild rainbows and browns that are stronger, somewhat larger and much harder to catch. Catch and release. Only barbless flies. Come July, there simply isn't enough cool water to keep trout active during the day. From the inlet of Prosser Creek (at the first I-80 river overpass east of Truckee) to the Boca Outlet, the water is deeper, the temperatures generally lower and the fishing better than the upper sections. (Map)
  3. Boca to State Line - Some of the largest trout in the Truckee and most of the river's smallmouth bass live in this stretch; however, the water here can be deep and treacherous. Most anglers enter the river at Boca, Floriston or Farad. (Map)

    Source: Calif. School of Flyfishing

Quail Lake ($ - see below) (Homewood)

Miller_Lake (Tahoma - Rubicon) (Map)

Rubicon River (Map)

Little Truckee River Stampede to Boca (NE Truckee) (Map)

Stampede Reservoir (Map)

Boca Reservoir (Map)

Webber Lake Lake Ranch (Map)

Martis Creek Reservoir

Sawmill Lake ($ - See below) (Norstar) (Map)

Fly Fishing Guides
John Roberts 530 582-8548
Matt Koles Truckee (has NV tel no.) 775 351-6665
Joe Cerniglia 530 582-5393

Maps at: and Here.

The Sierra Trout Guide by Ralph Cutter

USGS Stream Flows at USGS.GOV USGS Water Watch: Summary
  West Shore: Blackwood, Ward, General C.
  North: Martis C., Donner C., Independence C. near Truckee, Little Truckee AB Boca Res, Little Truckee BL Boca Res, Prosser C., Saghen C. near Truckee
  Truckee R.: Truckee R. near Tahoe City, Truckee R. near Truckee Truckee R. at Farad, Truckee R. near Mogul, Gray C. near Floriston
  South: Upper Truckee near S. Tahoe, Upper Truckee above Meyers, Carson River near Markleeville

Truckee area Flyfishing Conditions (Incl. Suggested River Flies) at Cutters Calif. School of Flyfishing (,
Four Seasons Fly Fishing Services at
Sierra Lakes Fishing Reports at
Fishing Spots in Lake Tahoe & the Northern Sierras at
Desolation Wilderness fishing
Tahoe National Forest fishing at GORP,
Orvis 551 N. Lake Blvd. Tahoe City (530) 581-4278
Mountain Hardware 11320 Donner Pass Rd. Truckee 587-4844
Swigard's Hardware 200 N Lake Blvd Tahoe City (530) 583-3738

Quail Lake at Homewood
Private passes are available for Catch-and-release fishing at Quail L. from Homewood Ski Area at 530-525-2992
Usage is limited to 20 season passes at $1,000 each. (1 guest allowed)

Sawmill Lake
$75 per rod for half day
$110 per rod for full day
Joe Cerniglia 530 582-5393

Webber Lake Ranch 530 993-0300

California School of Flyfishing (How to fish the Truckee) Nevada City/Truckee, CA

Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters

Johnson Tackle & Guide Service
 Truckee River Fly Fishing Products
 Randy Johnson, Tahoma, 
 530-525-6575 Summer
Sawmill Lake at NorthStar
$75/day (Discounts for groups (max. 4)negotiable on weekdays.) You do not need a fishing license unless you are going to fish somewhere else - we are completely on private property and no license in necessary.
Other fishing contacts:
Kingfish Guide Service
Box Box # 5955, Tahoe City, CA 96145
(530) 525-5360

Reel Magic Sportfishing
Tahoe City, CA 96145
 (530) 587-6027

Trout Creek Flies offers
tours from their South Tahoe Office.

Clair Tappaan Lodge
   Dave McKinney, Sierra Club Yahi Group Chair and a lifelong fly fishing enthusiast.
   See also Sierra Outings Lodge Trips.

See also:
The fishing section of the recreation page.
Truckee River fishing by Jerry Yesavage
Fly Fishing  and Fly Fishing Entimology

last updated 18 Aug 2004