Upper Truckee River near South Lake Tahoe, California
From peaceful beginnings at the base of Lake Tahoe the Truckee River then rages through a 12 miles gorge looking valley before entering Donner Pass and making a beeline straight for the state line. All and all this makes up 30 miles of some of the best trout water in all of the US. When thinking about the river its best to divided it up into three sections; from Lake Tahoe to Donner Pass, from Donner Pass to the outflow of the Boca Reservoir, and the water below Boca Reservoir. The first stretch is a classic freestone stream with really good fishing for stocked trout. The fishing here is good year round except during the big spring melt when the river runs high and muddy. When that happens don’t give up all hope though because there is a 4.2-mile stretch from the outlet to where bear creek meets up with the river. When the water is high and muddy you can catch fish on streamer s and hardware like crankbaits. When the river is not swollen you can find good fishing on nymphs in particular but you can also catch fish on caddis. As for hatches Baetis and midges will hatch every so often. When the river hits Donner Pass the flow slackens and the river widens. Fishing is not very good as the river flows through town but you can find good fishing once again where trout creek enters the river. Trout creek also marks the start of 10 miles of wild trout water (artificials only and only 2 trout of at least 10 inches may be kept). The first few miles of this stretch are good but it’s nothing compared to the river once it hits Prosser Creek. Here the river picks up speed and becomes deeper. Unlike the first few miles the access and wading here can be difficult. But, if you are willing to work to get there, you will find lots of nice trout feeding on streamers, which makes the extra effort worth it in my book. At Boca Bridge the wild trout section ends, for the next 10 miles downstream from the Boca Bridge you will find a river with loads of nice trout and more and more bronzebacks (smallmouth). When you go fishing here beware the fact that regulations can change a lot so be sure to check out what the current regulations are before you go. Good luck fishing!
Upper Truckee River Fishing near South Lake Tahoe, California
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Details for Upper Truckee River
Species Caught Here: None
Access: Public Property
Body of Water Type: Stream
Lat/Long: 38.942131 -119.996017
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Description for Upper Truckee River, El Dorado County, California
Upper Truckee River is a stream located just .9 miles from South Lake Tahoe, in El Dorado County, in the state of California, United States. Fishermen will find a variety of fish including brown trout and rainbow trout here. Whether you’re fly fishing, baitcasting or spinning your chances of getting a bite here are good. So grab your favorite fly fishing rod and reel, and head out to Upper Truckee River. Alternate names for this stream include Lake Valley Creek, Little Truckee River and Lake Stream.
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Please remember to check with the local Fish and Wildlife department to ensure the stream is open to the public. Now get out there and fish! Check out our Fishing Times
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