Donner Lake Fish Report

Donner Lake - Truckee, CA (Nevada County)

by Mountain Hardware & Sports
(530) 587–4844

TO BE STOCKED THIS WEEK! WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY ARE PUTTING IN THIS LAKE, COULD BE SUB-CATCHABLE (8-10 INCH) CUTTHROUT OR CATCHABLE RAINBOWS (12-14 INCH). The lake level is at 91% and climbing slowly. Boat launch is open and reports of good Mack fishing for those who fish off the boat. Macks can be found at depth of 60-90 feet and most concentrations of these fish can be found around China Cove. Macks are ranging from 5-8 pounds and have been hitting small spoons such as Hum Dingers and Needlefish. For the bank fisherman, there was a plant of sub-catchable size Pilot Peak Cutthroats put into the lake in early May. This has brought in lots of juvenile Mackinaw who are feeding on these planters and they range from 2-4 pounds. Kokanee fishing has picked up with the best spot being between China Cove North to Loch Leven Lodge. Kokes are ranging from 10-12 inches and can be found suspended at depths of 25-50 feet in 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. Get a guide for this lake and learn the ropes! Guides listed on bottom of this page and all are highly recommended! This lake WILL be planted the week of 6/25 with Cutthroat trout OR Rainbow trout!

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