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   6-19-17
SERVICE FOR JAY FAIR BEGINS AT SPALDING MARINA SATURDAY JUNE 24 AT 10:30am.  BRING A CHAIR AND WATER.  IT WILL MOVE TO THE LAKE NEAR THE AIRSTRIP IN SPALDING SO BE PREPARED.  JAY FAIR Jr AND FAMILY WILL BE AT THE RV PARK ON THE 22ND.  AN INFORMAL GATHERING IN THE EVENING OF FRIDAY JUNE 23 AT THE RV PARK, THEY SHOULDN'T BE HARD TO FIND.  EVERYONE IS INVITED TO SHARE STORIES AND ANY PHOTOS.  
 VIDEOS SHOWING THE LAKE RISE 2017
 
  

 
South Basin 6-19-17:  Surface temps started out around 63F and rising to 65F by noon.  Warmer ambient temps got us on the rise again and it looks like we're going to keep going up.  Afternoon winds helping keep the temps from spiking though.  Although, it will take a spike in surface and water temps to get the trout schooling up, but we are on our way now.  So it's good and bad at the same time.  LoL.  The big spring south of Miners out in the middle of the south basin was holding pretty solidly at 56F on top. Surface algae increased a bit today and was scattered in several locations.  We were still able to find cleaner water but it will depend on which way the winds blows as to where it moves to.   East side has some patches here and there but all in all good water.  West side was spotty patches but wasn't too bad at all either.  Not bad for trolling, just check lines periodically when you go through some.  
 
We have still seen the massive hatches and a golden haze on the water here and there that from a distance looks like the algae, but it has been flies.  One has to get in it to see that it isn't heavy algae.
 
I think we will be dealing with some surface algae for a while now that we are warming up and days are longer.   A breeze can shift it and create drifts....the drifts at least concentrate it and leave cleaner water all around it. So far, we can deal with it.  It isn't like we have fish everywhere so any place is as good as any other.

Clarity has been very good but starting to reduce a wee bit.  Down to 8-10ft from 12 ft looking down.   One day it's clear to 8ft and the next clear to 11.  Just depends on how stirred up the old gal gets on and after a windy day.  
 
Spalding:  6-19-17  Water temps 70F by afternoon.  We do have tui chub spawning above the Youth Camp so that will bring in a food supply for fall.  Hold on.  Depth between Spalding ramp and Rocky Pt registered 4.3 to 5.2ft deep.  Gets deeper the further south you go to the channel at the Youth Camp. Was a bit weedy on the surface and we had an increase of algae here and there on the south side of Pelican Pt.  The Youth Camp/Biology Station was 64F this morning and rose to 69F, South side of Pelican started out around 63 but rose to 70F by noon.  Just because we got a little water in the lake this year, doesn't mean we don't still have dangerous rock piles to be aware of.  So be careful out there.
 
Yearly, during the fishing season we will lose over 2ft of water by late Oct.  Already loosing water to evaporation.
 
 
 
TROUT UNLIMITED MEADOW RESTORATION UPDATE.  I HAVE MET WITH TU REGARDING SOME ISSUES IN THE DRAFT PLAN THAT DIDN'T FIT IN WITH SAID RESTORATION.  We will know more after CRMP meeting and field trip on May 31.  Meet at Bogard Rest Area at 9am, bring bug spray and boots for mud & muck to walk at restoration area.
 
 
CHRISTIE DAY USE AREA HANDICAP RAMP TOWARDS THE LAKE IS IN SUCH DISREPAIR THAT IT CAN HANDICAP YOU IF YOU AREN'T ALREADY IMPAIRED.  THERE ARE A LOT OF TRIP HAZARDS.  IT ENDS A VERY GOOD DISTANCE FROM ANY ACCESS TO THE WATER.  Walk on the vegetation.  There are several trails.  A statement from LNF has been long requested and short on delivery. This is a very dangerous "trail" to the lake.  I have been hounding USFS to get the access repaired.  I was told this week that LNF is still waiting for the State Lands Commission for input and approval to repair the existing handicap access. 
 
2017 LAKE ELEVATION
 
6-2-17:  As per Doc Bateson our lake elevation perfectionist; 5096ft 7 and 5/8ths inches. That’s 5096.635’ it  has dropped .065’ or  .78” (a little over 3/4") in 13 days.  
5-20-17:  As per Doc Bateson the lake elevation measured 5096.7ft 
4-30-17  As per Doc Bateson's measurment " 5096.375' which is 5.515' higher than on December 3rd 2016. It has risen 1.427' Just since March 18th.
4-18-17 Unofficial measurement at the Spalding ramp was 5096.54ft.  Winds were blowing lightly so the elevation could be slightly off.  Creeks are slowing down some now so we are probably going to see a slow down of rising.  Any storm passing through can have flow pick up. 
4-3-17 Lassen County Official Measurement: "We made our monthly visit to Eagle Lake this morning and found that the lake has come up 1.38 feet over the past month.  The elevation at the Gallatin Ramp is currently 5095.78 feet above sea level and the lake has come up 4.99 feet since November 1st of last year.  It is also 3.22 feet higher than this same time one year ago. 
3-29-17:  5095.64' Measured from the elevation tags at Spalding ramp.  A gain of about 2inches in 4 days. Flows in Pine Creek subsiding a little this week from last week, so we expect to see a little slower rise unless a storm passes through.
3-25-17: 5095.45ft (unofficial) Measured between the elevation plate screws at the ramp in Spalding. A gain of around 6" from the increased flow of Pine Creek and just over an inch of rain on 3-21.
3-19-17: 5094.948 as per Doc Bateson.  Up a couple inches in the last few days.  We have about 5/8' to resach 5095ft.  Up a little over 4ft from our lowest water level last year and about 2 1/5ft above last years highest level.  So we are doing ok, but could sure use a lot more.
3-16-17: 5094.8' up around 3 1/2 inches according to the markers at the Spalding ramp.
3-8-175094.5ft according to the markers set by Doc Bateson at the Spalding ramp.  Up around a foot in the last month.
2-12-17 5093.4ft
2-11-17: 5093.38FT As per Doc Bateson.  2.52ft higher than Dec 3, 2016 (which had held due to Oct/Nov rains). 18.29" of moisture since July 1 here at the house in Spalding.  So the springs were still pumping good over winter too.
 
2016 LAKE ELEVATION
 
12-3-16:  5090.86ft As per Doc Bateson.  Still a few inches above last year, but still below the record.
10-20-16: 5090.866'  (after 3.03" of rain)  Without the recent rain, the lake would have been where it was last year.  So we didn't keep the 6" of water we had ovre last year.  Only the rains brought it up.  Bly Tunnel from the valve remains dry.
7-3-16: 5092.23; almost 6" lower than 5-30, but around 6" higher than last year at the same time.  As per Doc Bateson.
5-30-16 5092.72: as per Doc Bateson, up 1/4 inch since 5-1.
5-1-16 5092.7FT  Officially as per Doc Bateson, the lake is only 5.76 inches above last year's elevation, May 2, 2015.  Expect similar conditions to last season.  We still have 27 days to go.  Hopefully we see more showers and hold on to that 5+ bonus inches to help get us through the season launching!
3-19-16 5092.43FT.  UP 1.835FT SINCE 11-22-15.  2.52 INCHES HIGHER THAN MAY 2 2015.  As per Doc Bateson's report
 
2015 Eagle Lake Elevation

10-18-15: 5090.61 and holding
9-30-15 5090.6 ft
8-30-15:  5090.97ft 
8-16-15: 5091.2ft as per Doc Bateson’s measurements.  We lost 2 1/2 inches in 2 weeks and are only 2.4 inches away from our lowest recorded level in 1935.
8-1-15:5091.4ft as per Doc Bateson's measurements.  We had 2.41 inches of rain in my backyard in July  (2.68" at Spalding's sewer ponds 2 miles NW) and the south end had more than we did up north but it helped counter evaporation.
7-4-15:  5091.70ft as per doc Bateson.
6-20-15: 5091.83ft;  now just 9.96 inches from our lowest recorded level in 1935.  (lost approx 4" in the last 20 days.

6-1-15: 5092.16ft now just over a foot from lowest recorded level in 1935
5-2-15: 5092.22ft as per Doc Bateson.  About 1 ft 3 inches above lowest recordered level in 1935.
 
2014 Eagle Lake Elevation: 
 
9-15-14 5092.035ft.  As per doc Bateson, our local doctor and scientist we are now about 1 ft above the lowest recorded lake elevation of 5091 in 1935.  Note: "recorded level". 
9-5-14 5092.15
 
2013 Eagle Lake Elevation: 
 
September 2, 2013 5093.9ft; 18.5  inches lower than April 28.
July 28, 2013 5094.44 ft, about 5094 ft 5 inches.
July 7, 2013 appears to be about 2-3 inches below 5095ft.... or 5094ft 9-10 inches or so.  Unofficial.  Going by the end of the cement at Spalding ramp being out of the water & taking chances that the end of the cement is at 5095ft elevation.
June 1, 2013 was around 5095ft 1 inch.  About 6" of cement in the water at Spalding ramp. 
4-28-13 5095.44ft
4-11-13 5095.5 ft (unofficial by the markers at Spalding ramp)....I guess my estimate was only 3/4 of an inch off.  Not bad for a girl ehe? 
 
2012 Eagle Lake Elevation:   
 
4-2-12:  5096.42 ft or 5096 ft 5 inches. 
Ending Nov 2012 5093.70

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