Donner Lake Fishing Report

Donner Lake - Truckee, CA (Nevada County)

by Mountain Hardware & Sports
(530) 587–4844

WAS STOCKED the WEEK of 8/14/16, and will be stocked again 9/11/2016! Lake is at 58% capacity. Boat inspections are required here! This lake received a much needed stocking of Rainbow trout a couple of weeks ago, small as they are one might target the 18+ inch mackinaw that have come in close to feed on these guys. Look around the outlet of Donner Creek, this is where some of the rainbows have schooled up (hint). Some Big Macks being caught recently and those fish have been taken on light Kokanee tackle! When this happens you know they're looking for food and this are getting tough! Throw everything you have at the trout now, ie: powerbait, nightcrawlers, and salmon eggs and combinations of these baits, spoons and spinners of different varieties. By casting closer and then working your way out a little further one can detect what depth the trout are cruising and having patience is key to success now. Kokes are on the tail end of their season and like most the summer they have been small ones but fat. Marc Christophel has had some good luck targeting Kokes along the South Shore of the lake, 40-50 feet down early on. When the sun hits the water full on start targeting the Kokes on the Humps between Loch Leven and China Cove. Assassin spinners have been money in Rainbow, Pink and Orange combinations followed by Humdingers, Needlefish, and Speedy Shiners. Shoe peg or Pro Cure sweet corn scent. Get a guide for this lake and learn the ropes! Guides listed on bottom of this page and all are highly recommended! This lake was last stocked the week of 4/24/16, 7/3/2016, 8/14.

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