EAGLE LAKE FISHING REPORT
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FISHING SEASON IS CLOSED UNTIL MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND MAY 27, 2017
January 1, 2017
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NO LAUCHING IMPROVEMENTS FOR 2017 SEASON. NO ACCESS IMPROVEMENTS FOR 2017. AWAITING A PRESS RELEASE FROM LNF. WE WANT IT IN WRITING. It will be long on promise and short on delivery as usual for LNF.
You can help by donating via PayPal link on eaglelakeguardians.org! We are going on an ONLINE fundraising campaign and need all the help we can get!! YOU’RE SUPPORT CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!! TOTAL INPUT FOR PINE CREEK RESTORATION TO DATE IS $23,500!!! LETS SEE IF WE CAN DO THAT AGAIN!! I also believe that CDFW's 27% off the top of any donations to the state Fish and Wildlife is too much of the public's money for administrative costs. Perhaps that's why they are in bed with other nonprofits. Had Eagle Lake Guardians donated their $23,500 to CDFW the state would have taken $6345.00 for absolutely nothing.
FREEZE BRANDING IDENTIFICATION:
ALL FISH BEING PLANTED FROM THE HATCHERY ARE NOW FREEZE BRANDED WHEREAS 15-20% WERE IN THE PAST. THIS WILL ALLOW FOR IDENTIFICATION IF WE SEE ANY NATIVE TROUT IN THE COMING YEARS, THAT IS IF WE HAVE A LAKE LEFT. ANY FISH WITH A TRIMMED ADIPOSE FIN (THE RUBBERY ONE ON THE BACK BELOW THE DORSAL FIN) HAVE BEEN PROCESSED THROUGH THE EGG COLLECTION.
DOWNLOAD THIS 72 PAGE FILE. Finally! Eagle Lake Guardians assisted in financing some of the studies that went into this report AND the brook trout eradication this summer through Trout Unlimited!! HELP GUARDIANS CONTINUE TO HELP RESTORE PINE CREEK BY DONATING AT www.eaglelakeguardians.org
We will keep "motivating" those who signed off on this plan to insure it actually gets accomplished
Content of this website is copyright protected by Valerie Aubrey. Any reuse of the content must simply be authorized by asking. Unauthorized use or lack of crediting content will be considered for legal action. Opinions on this site are not necessarily the opinions of our sponsors or people we work with. Our opinions are based on over 50 years of fishing Eagle Lake and nearly 30 years of living here full time. Through the El Nino's and several droughts. We have been there and done that. But the Lake is now historically low and changing before our eyes. And, not changing for the best. As long as Eagle Lake remains the cash cow (literally) for USFS LNF and BLM for a few thousand dollars in grazing fees, there will be no hope for the lake, trout or businesses. Period. The establishment of a native spawn in Pine Creek will be a waste if they don't have a lake to come from or come back to. Eagle Lake Guardians are working on the water issues over the winter months.
January 1, 2017: Our fishing report will be back with outlook for the 2017 fishing season about a month before the season begins Memorial Day Weekend. Look for updates on lake conditions and weather. I will get some winter photos up soon, pending time and availability. We need water in a bad way. Thousands of cows continue grazing along highway 139 so we can safely assume some heavy nutrient loading if the water comes up to last seasons level. Not good for Eagle Lake. We believe that the heavy nutrients led to our massive blue/green algae problem last season. As long as the lake remains historically low, we will most likely continue to see cloudy water, green hues and tough fishing. In spite of seeing a few larger fish in 2016 season, the numbers of fish caught were dramatically decreased. We will see what the spawn in spring brings but we could certainly use more trout to balance things out. Trout come and go with catching, tui chub (other than the hatch of the season) have no predators and live over 32years. They stay in the lake regardless. Tui chub are highly concentrated in the depths of the south basin, leaving little room for much else. Various zooplanktons have also become very prolific to the point of fowling lines and downriggers...and when thick enough, can plug jet pumps. All we can hope for is more water and more trout. Eagle Lake is not what it once was, that is for certain. The biggest change in the fishing occurred in less than one year. From catching and releasing tons (20-40+ per day) of 2-3+ lb fish to being lucky to get one or two was a dramatic shift in Eagle Lake in less than one year. We may have seen some 4+lb fish but their numbers were few and far between. Over 50 years of eating these trout, the best quality of meat comes from a 2-3lb trout. Meat of the bigger trout of 4 +lbs is generally grainy, mealy and soft. Everyone wants to catch a big fish, but the quality of the meat is not nearly as good as smaller fish. Consider that. I rarely keep a fish over 4lbs as to me, it is a waste if it doesn't eat as good as a smaller fish. But, we do have 22 inch tui chub and a heavy population of them. Does it matter what you catch if you plan on releasing it? Don't try filleting one. Their skin is 2-3 times thicker than the trout and micro bones galore. We will know more once spring arrives. Keep praying for water. That will be our only saving grace.