Ramp Conditions 3-26-15
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FISHING SEASON OPENS MAY 23, 2015, HOWEVER, AT THIS POINT, LAUNCHING THRU THE FISHING SEASON MAY BE OUT OF THE QUESTION. I AM HOPING TO GET TO JULY, BUT AFTER THAT IS IFFY AND WILL DEPEND ON MAINTENANCE & EVAPORATION RATES.
Val's Selection of the basic colors of Eagle Lake trolling and float tubing flies available in an 8 pak at Eagle Lake Marina during the season and AND ONLINE HERE ARCTIC FOX HAS BEEN WORKING WITH ME ON A NEW SERIES OF TROLLING AND TUBING FLIES THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON.
FISHING SEASON IS CLOSED AT THIS TIME
WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED ENOUGH WATER SO FAR TO GET THRU LAUNCHING THIS SEASON AT THE ONLY EXISTING LOW WATER RAMP FOR ALL BOATS LATE IN 2015 FISHING SEASON. I HAVE SENT IN TWO REQUESTS TO USFS FOR INFORMATION THAT HAVE NOT BEEN REPIED. SILENCE TELLS ME THAT WE WON'T BE GETTING MUCH IN THE WAY OF REPLACING OR EXTENDING THE LOW WATER RAMP. CALL LASSEN NATIONAL FOREST AT 530-257-4188 AND ASK QUESTIONS & SEE WHAT HAPPENS. AS OF LAST FALL, THERE WERE NO PLANS TO IMPROVE OR REPAIR THE LOW WATER RAMP. AT THIS TIME THE MARINA FOLKS REPORT THAT THEY AND LNF ARE CONSIDERING FLATTENING OUT THE GRAVEL HUMP, BUT IT WON'T TAKE BUT A COUPLE OF IDIOTS OPENING WEEKEND TO GET THE GRAVEL HUMP BACK or North winds typical of spring to begin degrading any work. I assume it will begin a couple weeks before opening weekend. IF THE HUMP IS NOT REMOVED OR FLATTENED OUT, BIGGER, DEEPER DRAFTING BOATS MAY NOT MAKE IT... I AM NOT COUNTING ON HAVING ENOUGH WATER AT THE LOW WATER RAMP TO WANT TO LAUNCH MY 19FT BOAT MUCH PAST JULY 4TH IF THE HUMP/SHOAL IS FLATTENED OUT. But, we will have to see how it goes & what transpires....I seriously doubt it will last the whole launching season since the lake is starting out about where we left off last Nov. They can buy a few weeks by removing the hump, but I don't think they can't buy the season for one second. There is about 8ft of cement left.
If a hole is dug out, we will see similar conditions as Spalding's ramp as water receded. The fines kicked out of the hole to launch in deposit themselves further out and in time, create another hump before getting out to deeper water. When Spalding was dredged, it worked against itself but lasted 1 1 /2 seasons for many. I really don't see the low water ramp getting us through the season. I also believe that the Forest Service could do a lot better job of insuring safe launching. I would love to congratulate them for considering the local economy that this lake provideds....even in light of the drought, we have more water than some lakes and an opportunity if allowed. Take a look at Susanville when you drive into town & see how many vacant and boarded up realestate there is. It's pathetic. This was inevitable and we've seen it coming for the last few years and I have no doubt that the Forest Service saw it coming too, just never bothered to consider the public or local businesses. Plans should have been being considered, emergency permits lined up to insure the access to the water for boats safe enough when the notorious winds come up, and recreational grant funds applied for. No response is a typical Lassen Forest tactic we see. You see, no information is apparently better than missinformation. So if we are left to assume, we can assume that there is no other plans to improve launching. We may end up only being able to shore fish or use our tubes or kayaks to fish through the season. I can see that the ramp will be "open" but it will also, as always, be at your own risk folks. Personally, being mobility impaired, I need a dock where I can warm up my motor & get out safely without paddling or pushing. We'll see how long I can do that.
Shore fishing may not even be good on opening weekend if water temps rise above 65F. Float tubes and kayaks will do fine all season as long as you can carry or pack them a few hundred yards to the water or limit yourself to the congested area around Pikes Pt (which will be inundated with tiny hatchery fish planted 1 to 3 weeks before opening day as well as late in Sept/Oct) and launch at the ramp with everyone else. It is your right to launch any craft at the ramp including float tubes and kayaks. We might take a little while longer to offload craft/gear & get out of the way of any boat wanting to launch but that is the way it is. Keep your cool. We can only move so fast to load & have just as much right to use the ramp and dock as anyone else. In the heat of summer when fish go deep, we also have the right to drive into Eagles Nest and launch tubes and kayaks off what is left of the gravel bar. It's too muddy to launch boats down there now. Takes about 45 minutes over dirt roads to get there from Gallatin Rd (I don't recommend trailers). We can also launch our tubes/yaks off the Youth Camp....fish generally leave that area in July but return in Aug/Sept.
My intent on this website was never to make money doing so in the first place. I wanted to give people traveling here a fishing report that they could actually catch fish by and teach them how to use what they have to achieve the results so they would come back. If I did well, then Lassen County businesses would benefit. Then, I ran across the dirty little pollutions and water secrets I didn't go looking for but had to do something about regardless of what some people said. I was warned about the results, but since I never planned on making money I had nothing to lose. Lassen businesses only benefit from what I do for fun. I had nothing to lose and I still have nothing to lose which is why I can say what I see. They could reply & I would post it. I believe our visitors deserve and have the right to adequate, unquestionable launching plans. The normal folks have to plan their vacations months in advance and many emails have come in wanting to know if they can launch boats in mid to late July, some as late as Sept. So without information or guarantee they can launch all boats safely this summer and fall, they will make other plans elsewhere. My answer can only be, I will measure it before opening weekend & launch as long as I can....& it won't be all season I expect. Personally, I will still be able to fish this lake in my tube or yak along with others that enjoy that sport....oh yeah, that access has been being decreased as well.
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10-12-14: Lake Elevation at 5092.035 on Sept 16 from 5092.18 on 9-5-14.
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