Lake Tahoe West Shore
The main Truckee River flows out of Lake Tahoe at Tahoe City’s famous Fanny Bridge – so named for the view of people bending over to watch the huge (protected) trout that dwell in the current there. During normal water years, the stretch of the river between here and the town of Truckee along Highway 89 is an excellent place to catch Rainbows, Browns and Brook Trout. Avid Anglers and beginners will find their preferred type of water as the river is full of runs, riffles and deep pools that you can fish with flies, lures or bait.
Unlike Lake Tahoe’s tributaries, which open on July 1*, this stretch of the Truckee River opens with the normal trout season opening day (3rd Saturday in April). There are quite a few places to park and walk the river, and even a bike path to cruise if the fish aren’t being cooperative.
Hot Tip: During hot summer weekends, various raft and boating companies will be using this river, so head out early in the morning or in the evening.
The stretch between Reno and Tahoe slows down a little from the upper reaches, and offers several good places to drop your line the water. Parking is limited, but you will find some pullouts off the Eastbound part of the highway including those near Farad, Floriston and Mystic Road. You may see other cars parked on the side of the road. They are most likely fishing down in the canyons created by the river.
Directions:From Truckee, take Highway 89 to Interstate 80 and head toward Reno.