We have not had a heavy winter by any means. Better than the last few years, but we aren't even close to having the lake saved by El Nino....El Nino has missed us. One thing I have learned by living up here for 27 years, through one good El Nino in 1993 & one predicted in 1995 that barely grazed us, is that nothing about the weather is normal. I will believe it if I see it. Just getting by with several extra inches of water over last season, is better than last year, but it will begin to evaporate this summer & at that point it will be similar to launching last season. We will see sand shift in with the north winds and we will see the shoal build up over time. Surely, the minions will do their best at maintaining that later towards fall. I am always prepared after the last big one in 92/93...THAT was the year we got all the water as it is printed on the back of the 35mm photos of drifting Pine Creek at record flows that even caused flood damage at the egg collection facility trap in Spalding, despite what the official records show....there wasn't any watermaster at that time to measure anything so it was simply manipulated to indicate when and what they wanted to see. Just ask anyone in Spalding who lived through it....we laugh at the lake elevation charts and discuss it all the time. Like the county thinks we are all stupid...let them think that, we know what they did...we all know it was totally manipulated by the county....the funny thing is how many "educated" people think it's correct. Then all the studies and documents are, well, incorrect and no one knows it but the few of us that will eventually die off. Then the false information becomes truth. We met that year with only a couple of snow shovels & thankfully 4 chains for the 4x4. So over the last number of years we have acquired just about every piece of equipment we need to meet another and haven't had to use it.
If anything has killed business up here, the single lane and long wait times on weekends and holidays have kept some folks away. I try not to fish on the weekends or holidays unless I'm in my tube or kayak & give s
omeone else that has traveled a long way to get here my spot in line. If my friends can only make it up on a weekend, I do launch, but they know how long it can take too....not as long to wait to get in the water early in the morning, but try to come back in to take out when the wind comes up and everybody hits the dock and ramp at the same time while others are trying to get a boat in the water, others are trying to get out....I have waited on the water for 1 1/2 hours bouncing in 3 ft waves just to load my boat & get home.
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. 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. Eagle Lake Guardians have donated $23,500 to go to Pine Creek Restoration projects which include studies needed before we can get water back into the creek. The current organism study we are trying to fund has to be done before the brook trout can be totaly eliminated. YES, DFW should foot that bill due to the fact that THEY planted the brook trout in the first place. But that isn't how it works.