Ramp Conditions 4-10-15
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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
4-10-15: USFS leaving the guess work up to the visitors as to whether or not they can or want to launch. 2-3 ft of water as of this date to a couple hundred feet out from shore. There will be more dock space for boats getting in and out without clogging up the ramp lane is a great idea. Last year the sheriff patrol boat took up a lot of room while parked on the dock. Barely giving the marina folks a place to place their rental boat(s). The "hump" hasn't been ground down just yet. I will walk it this weekend & see just how shallow the shoal is at this time. We will begin losing about 1" of water per week from evaporation. A storm can buy us back a week here and there. But at 2ft of water at the base of the cement is barely going to get my 19ft boat off the trailer but as long as I can float, I can launch....but I fear my time will run out long before the fishing season is over. Already have small boat, float tube & kayak for later in the season.
So, LNF won't say if you can launch, just that it's up to you to take the chance. I will be measuring the depths, monitoring the gravel shoal & ease of launching all summer....however, I really don't expect to get through summer with my big "Eagle Lake" boat.
Many of our visitors saved their money and bought what we all call "Eagle Lake Boats". That meaning big enough to handle the heavy winds and the 3 to 4 ft waves that are common. The single lane ramp can cause problems for small boats when having to wait out in the heavy chop for their turn at the ramp. The longest wait I had was about 45 minutes. If we all plan on using small boats later in summer, we must all watch for the wind. This will cause a greater potential for serious accidents. If using a small boat, please wear a personal floatation device. It isn't going to be pretty out there later in the season...at least we might get through the 4th of July....after that it's going to be iffy.
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.
Eagle Lake Guardians are now donating to Pine Creek Restoration projects to help prevent an endangered or threatened species listing of our trout. You can help by going to Eagle Lake Guardians and making a donation. The faster it is funded, the faster we can get the job at hand done.
TOTAL DONATED FOR PINE CREEK STUDIES AND RESTORATION IS $17,500!!
IF YOU CAN'T SAY YOUR HELPING, THEN DONATE TO THOSE WHO ARE!!
No officer or board member takes a salary or any payments from Eagle Lake Guardians.
We volunteer so the lake and trout can receive 100% of your donations.
10-12-14: Lake Elevation at 5092.035 on Sept 16 from 5092.18 on 9-5-14.
ALL EAGLE LAKE, ALL THE TIME
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