EAGLE LAKE FISHING REPORT
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FISHING SEASON IS CLOSED UNTIL MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND MAY 27, 2017
March 24, 2017
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DFW notified us in March 2017 that TU and Pine Creek CRMP group didn't take the organism study on Pine Creek to the correct level determined by the "Western United States Protocol". UNR still has the samples and willing to go to the next level but more money is now needed to complete the study as required. Think that's quite a big error considering the source. Jeeze, what's next?
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March 24, 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 have posted a series of videos since Feb 11, 2017 and will continue until the lake stops rising. See what the lake looks like, marinas, creeks and the spawn for yourself!! Almost like being here when you can't be. That's why we are All Eagle Lake, All The Time and start a still photo album every January so you can all follow what is going on. Doing so allows you to see for yourself rather than depend on rumors.
Thousands of cows grazing along highway 139 thru mid January so we can safely assume some heavy nutrient loading as the water is gradually coming up covering all the cow patties. We believe that the heavy nutrients led to our massive blue/green algae problem last season. Flows from Pine Creek are also loaded with nutrients as well as having had a lot of grazing in the Spalding basin and a lot of cow patties covered in water at this time. As of 3-16-17 the water was pretty cloudy and greening up from Bucks Bay to Spalding (north basin wasn't checked). As the weeds, grasses and Russian thistle from low water years is covered with water it too will begin to rot and add nutrients to the water to help the algae bloom this season. The lake is coming up some, we won't be saved by this last winter but at least we have a head start for the future. We have some outer patches of tules (some new ones too) now in some water, but the old tule line is still waiting.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 of getting 24ft of snowfall and through several droughts. We have been there and done that. We know that a lot of the local county info on the lake elevation in the past has been doctored due in part to not having an official actually checking lake elevations in the 1990's...1993 200 residents of Spalding witnessed the lake rising nearly 8ft from the local snowfall of 24ft over that winter. Despite our efforts when the lake chart was updated a few years later with incorrect numbers "to make the chart look historically accurate" not actually accurate, it remains in accurate during those years. Our explanation from BOS was "No one will know when you are all gone". That is the honest to God truth and there are still many of us old timers around that know that.
In spite of seeing a few larger fish in 2016 season, the numbers of fish caught were dramatically decreased. For the first time in my 55 years, the lake was green and massively cloudy all 2016 season. Dissolved oxygen dropping below sustainable levels for trout below 22ft deep. I took a video camera down into the water column and was totally amazed as to the water quality. At that time DFW chose not to perform more water testing. I expect to see similar conditons this season in spite of getting a little water back in the lake; 99% of that water is going to bring heavy nutrients from covering up millions of cow patties left in the north basins from grazing along the lake thru mid January as well as from Pine Creek. We will see what the spawn in spring brings but we could certainly use more trout to balance things out. So far, it took well over a month before any trout had come up Pine Creek. But finally a few hundred had made it too the trap. The trap was closed to upstream progress by DFW so they could keep some trout to spawn and perform pathology testing on. As of 3-22, egg collection continues. SEE TROUT PLANTINIG AND MARKINGS FOR YEARS PLANTED HERE. 100% OF THE PLANTED FISH ARE NOW MARKED BY FIN OR TAIL TRIMMING.
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. They have had three big years of reproduction so expect to be incidentally catching them. The chubs scope differently than the trout do and are pretty easy to determine on your screen. Generally they stack up and are very thick in zones of the lake that have dissolved oxygen levels too low to support trout. We caught some chubs 22" long in 2016. Huge monsters for chubs so they are doing very well....maybe too well considering the biomass and fewer trout being planted.
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...most of us consider them to be "smokers".