We got thru last season with one ramp but we're going to need to see some water before getting thru next season.
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. Duration will depend on winter and spring. We will probably get by early season but at 1/2" to 1 1/2" evaporation weekly of open water, do the math. Ice certainly slows down the evaporation however it doesn't stop it. 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/reses 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 and in Spalding, in front of your trailer as the cement has been out of the water for almost a year. 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 requesting thing 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, that is IF the ice doesn't push up a big burm in front. Stones Landing needs more water than that before becoming usable for cartops or small boats 4 to 5 ft before crafts over 17ft could safely launch and traverse the lake without plugging up water pumps, causing massive methane release by simply the displacement of your boat on the water.
Without water, this winter/spring we will be desparate. In the past, spring has bailed us out of dire situations but we will be in panic mode by then if nothing falls to the ground....or what is destined intentionally falls elsewhere. We're counting every 100th of an inch and going into 2014 from Oct 1, 2013 we have seen less than one inch. So keep up your raindance, keep Eagle Lake and the Eagle Lake trout in your thoughts. Despite a hatchery program for the fish and LNF's feable attempts at restoring "some" water back to Pine Creek (by replacing that very same water somewhere else along Pine Creek) our native Heritage trout remains under consideration as a threatened or endangered species. The final determination has been delayed again (original petition was filed in the mid 1990's) until Sept 2014 to allow a fast track restoration of some flow to Pine Creek to allow for a native spawn (not entended to supply anglers with tons of trout). Trout need cold flowing water in the 40's and 50's. Generally by 60F water temp in the creek, trout stop entering the system, some turn around and go back to the lake and the majority are rescued and transported back to the lake. But, in order to have a spawn, we need the creek to flow....it's going to take a miracle to see Pine Creek flow this year....but always optimistic until the end. Just don't forget what we are facing in 2014.
Be sure to keep an eye on the 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.