Caples Lake is located 1 mile East of Kirkwood Mountain Resort on Hwy 88 and about 45 minutes from South Lake Tahoe. At an elevation of 7800 feet this 600 acre lake sits in an historic area with beautiful mountains and open wilderness.
While Caples Lake provides some of the best ice fishing in the region during the winter time it is the summer and fall months when this lake really comes alive. With a mix of rainbow and brown trout along with the Mackinaw Lake Trout, Caples has angling opportunities for both the spin and fly fisherman.
Float tubing by the dam or the spillway with sinking lines can be really productive using buggers and small nymphs. Early morning and late afternoon can provide good dry fly fishing when the wind dies down. Another great option is to stalk fish from the banks. Walk slowly and take advantage of high points to look for fish cruising the shorelines. Try using small dry fly patterns or a small nymph with a slow retrieve on a dry line.
Some really big fish have been landed from Caples Lake using both these strategies and the lake is widely regarded as one of the better Fly Fishing Lakes in the area. Pay attention to the wind direction as this can have a large affect on which strategy you use. Stop by the shop for more information and up to date information.