It is an interesting time here in South Lake Tahoe during the lockdown. There is a quiet beauty to the Lake, and she is ready to fish as soon as we get the thumbs up to go out.
Early Spring is an amazing time on Lake Tahoe. The mornings are usually crisp, and the air is clean and refreshing. Then depending on the weather patterns, it can either stay in the 40’s or 50’s or can warm up into the 60’s or 70’s. If you have never been on Lake Tahoe in the Spring, it is a real treat.
It’s this time of year that the fish start getting more active. They have been somewhat dormant in the colder months and they are ready to start fattening up for the spawn. They tend to start climbing out of the deeper holes and can be found roaming the lake a bit more freely.
The Rainbow and Browns are also starting to get active and can be found in some of the shallower waters. Both can put up quite a fight during this time of year..
All the species of fish this time of year have very firm meat and are great to prepare almost any way you want to cook them. In the warmer months the fish are still delicious but they seem to be less firm when cooking.
During this down time we have been working on the boats to make sure they are in tip top shape for the season ahead. In addition we have been tuning up the rods, reels and tackle to make sure they are in the very best condition with the anticipation of hooking into a large number of nice trophy fish.
Some people ask, “What type of fishing equipment do you use on the boats?” which is a very fair question to ask. The following is a list of our favorite fishing equipment and gear that we will be using this year:
All of our fishermen are provided with a 6’8” medium Douglas rod to use during our trip. These are some of the finest fishing rods I have ever used, they are very sturdy and have the perfect action for the big Lake Trout we are looking to catch. Douglas rods have been our go to rods for a number of seasons now and we are very happy with their durability:
Abu Garcia 6500 line counter reel
This palmable Line Counter fishing reel features a synchronized levelwind system as well as a smooth pulling Carbon Matrix™ drag system. Each reel is constructed with three shielded stainless steel ball bearings and a corrosion resistant instant anti-reverse bearing for solid hook sets. The mechanical line counter measures line in feet as it pulls out for extreme trolling and/or downrigging accuracy.
Sufix 832 Advanced Superline Braided Fishing Line
This is not your Grandpas mono line on his Mitchell 300, this is the real deal. This professional quality branded line is not only strong but also is hard to twist. It is perfect for the type of deep water fishing we are doing. Sufix is owned by Rapala so you know it must be the best to meet their standards.
CR Jigs made in south lake tahoe
We like them so much we even sell them. Our own Captain Ryan (that is where the CR in the name comes from) makes these jigs for not only us but many locations around the lake and also selling them. In my opinion there is no better jig than a CR Jig.
Captain Joby wants his fishermen and fisherwomen to have the best fishing experience possible on South Lake Tahoe. He is always keeping his feelers out for new equipment he can try and possibly add to his arsenal.