The lake is as high as it's going to get this year, short of a miracle. The current low water ramp probably won't make it thru the season and I'm told I'm wishful thinking that it gets us thru to the Fourth of July. At this point, we're about where we were last fall. Recent storms have given us about 1 1/4 inches of water this last week. All in all, the lake appears to be around 5 inches higher than it ended last winter. Every inch we get from here on out will buy us a week of evaporation. So, we need a few more of these storms....our grand total of moisture since October 2013 is only 4.69 inches which is less than 20% of normal. Susanville & Susan River watersheds are NOT Eagle Lake but they are they are the totals posted by officials. This can confuse people who think ours is even remotely connected. So we could begin hearing that we're up to 80% of normal & that's not even half right.
But, we will launch as long as we can and will have to make do with what we have & hope LNF doesn't close it down entirely once our trailer wheels begin rolling over the gravel. Last season there were some rocks at the end of the cement that were too large to move out of the way but staying close to the courtesy dock avoided the worst of them. As the water begins to evaporate at 1/2 to 1 inch per week, it will be interesting to see how much water we lose before opening weekend but I think we should be okay as long as we see a storm or two pass thru. We'll just have to see where we start before we can figure out where we will end. It isn't going to be ideal launching no matter what. We will consider ourselves lucky as long as we can get on the water. Stay tuned.
Plans for a new low water ramp (LNF) in the distant future wont be in time for this coming fishing season...or even possible next season. If and when we see any ground breaking, we will let you know but as we know, the government doesn't work fast. Until then, the existing low water ramp will have to serve all.
We were still launching fine at the end of the 2013 season, despite some boulders and a gravel high spot caused by people gunning up their motors driving boats up their trailers. In other lakes/reservoirs you have plenty of pavement behind you and don't cause damage with the severe turbulance from props and especially jet pumps. However, at Eagle Lake, mother nature is rarely a few feet behind. Just know that when you do that, everyone is watching and know that you, in particular are not helping. It's not puttin' onto the trailer using a motor, it's gunning the engine to drive it up without cranking it. It's about being lazy, not cool and is our number one request for our visitors NOT to do. However it is not a law, but we, as anglers can help extend the launching by thinking first. So, the more folks that do that, the higher the "humps" get. Similar to what happened in Spalding which assisted in filling up the 2010 dredged channel to the lake with silt and sand.
We need 2 feet of water before boats can launch in Spalding. This winter didn't provide enough water to consider launching anything in Spalding, Rocky Pt or Stones Landing. The low water ramp at Eagle Lake Marina is the only ramp that will be able to launch boats & that might not last the season.
Be sure to keep an eye on the weekly winter photos. Summertime is when you need to come and see it for yourselves but we know you all care about the lake whether it's summer or winter andwe hope you can enjoy it from a warmer climate via our photo album which will begin this week.
Thank you all for staying with us year round and seasonably. We hope our information helps you out as well as helping give you an edge at catching your limits and where to be careful of unmarked rock piles. As the lake drops, more rock piles will be just under the surface....especially from Christie Day Use all the way to Pelican Pt on the west side. The east side of the lake has Miners Pt, a man made rock pile of dredger tailings from construction of the Bly Tunnel in the early 1900's. There have been buoys marking the worst rocks, but you go from 40ft of water to zero in the blink of an eye at 30 mph.