Donner Lake Fishing Report

Donner Lake - Truckee, CA (Nevada County)

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Mountain Hardware

by Mountain Hardware & Sports
(530) 587–4844

The low lake level here is typical for this time of year as the drain the lake in anticipation for this winters snow pack. Shore fishing can actually be improved from this low water as the shelves are now closer within reach giving access to deeper water. Rainbows are being caught off shore using powerbait, worms or kastmasters and spinners. A handful of Mackinaw can be caught from shore this time of year as well using bait off the bottom or large spoons and spinners in a combination of silvers, whites and chartreuse. With the low lake level here launching a boat will be limited to smaller vessels only (14' and under) and caution should be used. Boat traffic has been very light here and trolling in 40-60 feet for mackinaw or top lining for rainbows should be good.

LAKE LEVEL: 29% Of Cap.

Lures: Kastmasters, Rapalas, Large spoons and spinners. Bait: Floating Worms off bottom, Powerbait in chartreuse or salmon eggs.

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