What pole, reel, line, leader, and lure do I use for trolling Lake Trout (Mackinaw) at Lake Tahoe?

I’m going to West Lake Tahoe and I’ve never fished for Lake Trout before and I just need my questions to be answered and if there is any extra tips or important information that would be appreciated.

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2 thoughts on “What pole, reel, line, leader, and lure do I use for trolling Lake Trout (Mackinaw) at Lake Tahoe?

  1. Trolling ROD, trolling reel, fluorocarbon line, steel leader, and trolling lures.

    Just as a “tip”, they’re referred to as lake trout at the area you’re talking about, not “mackinaws”… the area is Lake TAHOE, not Lake MICHIGAN.

  2. GMB, have you fished Lake Tahoe? These lake trout are MAC’s. The locals refer to them as such (Mac’s). They are very deep this time of the year so you’ll need a down rigger to get beyond 80′ deep. Since this is new to you, I’d hire a guide or go on a “Party” fishing boat to learn how to fish this lake and all of the small things to be successful. I’ve fished for Mac’s in both Winter and Summer. Best is live bait jigging, but trolling works too.

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