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South Basin 9-17-17:   Surface temps finally begining to drop slightly.  Cooler ambient temps the last few days has helped.  We are still looking at 67-69F early in the morning but we should see these gradually begin to drop this week.  We are on our way to fall now.  Fish will be moving up the water column and in closer to shore in some locations.  The green water will begin browning out once we see 65F to 66F surface temps.  Then we will be full on for fall!! 
 
We have some areas where it has been very weedy on the surface.  Mostly holding towards the middle and west side from Wildcat Pt to Shrimp Island. Winds help shift the weeds, big winds blow them off the pond.  The east side was pretty clean, some areas of the west side but the mud hens moved in so it can be cleaner one day than the next.
 
This is the time of year we can see fog form on the lake, especially after we see any moisture.  So be prepared for cooler AM temps in the 20-s and 30's, fog, frozen fog when temps drop below 32F.  The fog compresses on the water.  Once the sun it up one can see some blue sky looking up, but can't see 10ft in front of the boat.  Note that an old fashioned compass can work better than a GPS for keeping one on course at slow speeds.  The GPS relay can be too slow for trolling and getting from point A to point B.  Before you know it, you're going a different direction than you thought.  Good old compass is true.
 
Lot's of chubs scattered in the water column right now.  Chubs are in three distinct stages.  Stage 1 is large spawners, Stage 2 is what I call the "nursery" which is several years worth of tui chubs ranging in size from 4 to  8" with several "guardians" 11-12".  Stage 3 is this years hatch.  The chubs often "wall" up and protect the schools.  The spawners protect the "nursery" and both protect the current year hatch.  That's why you catch big chubs over the depths, smaller chubs in closer and trout will be in the fresh hatch.  If you set your fish ID on it will show a ton of little fish with some medium fish in the "nursery".  A "cloud" for this years hatch, and massive stacked blob of big fish between 7 and generally down to 47ft.  I want the cloud with one or two big fish in it and the grebes want the small minnows for their youngsters...Look for a lot of baby grebes & you will find the smaller minnows.  We have an over population of tui chub this year and personally, I have no idea if they are surviving my release.  LoL.  A lot of folks catching 15 to 20 tui chubs at every level and everywhere.  Some stating that Eagle Lake has become a trophy tui chub fishery.  I wouldn't argue with them.  Foul hooking tui chubs 2 to 4 at a time means we have way too many and not enough predators to cull the numbers.  We are seeing the result of reduced trout number over the last several years.  Not enough trout to cull the tui chubs and keep the balance of the fishes in the lake.  Perhaps we need a new biologist who actually spends more than a day here and there on this lake.  The current one reduced our planting so much that there doesn't appear to be enough to cull the chubs.  So I'm doing my fair share of culling and I seriously doubt that if everyone did we still would not put a dent in the population and it isn't like there isn't another billion tui chubs to take their place. We'll see if we keep catching tui chubs everywhere.  If so, basically we have a problem. 

We have baby grebes on the lake now, a first since 2012.  Please note that the mothers don't dive with babies on their backs and the older youngsters are not good at deep diving just yet.  Be careful speeding along in your boat early in the morning.   Both parents will scream at you if you listen.  Once the babies are swimming by themselves and learning to dive the chance decreases of causing them harm.  This goes on for several weeks, basically until the young start sporting their adult plumage.  Dad's do most all the feeding, including the female until the babies can dive better.  So his life is critical too.  The male Clarke's seem more aggressive and literally "chased" my boat when trolling.  LoL.  He wasn't too happy with my presence and swam up to about 3 ft from my boat yelling at me.  I'm sure I heard him say "I got 5 mouths to feed and you're screwing things up for me!!!" LoL.  But we do see a lot of 3 to 4 babies with their parents which is a very good hatch for the grebes.  Making up for lost time and a plentiful supply of minnows.  They will never be able to eat them at the rate of chub reproduction we have had the last few years.  I do watch for the baby grebes as the parents generally want the smaller minnows to feed them with.
 
Spalding:  We are over 1ft lower than our highest water level in spring.  It gets deeper the further south you go to the channel at the Youth Camp. has been very weedy on the surface and from below.  We have an increase of algae too. I don't see launching in Spalding for fall as an option although I know there will be people trying.  LoL.  The channel is shallow and weedy, the lake elevation is about 5095.4ft and we will lose approximately 12-13 inches more water by Oct and already before the end of August the most all the locals are launching down south.  I simply don't see feasible launching in fall for Spalding and it looks like it will be very weedy for quite some distance towards Pelican Pt.  Until the water cools down, we won't see many trout up this way and that may come later than sooner as surface temps remain around 70 to 72F.
 
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 and the channel is getting shallower every week.  So be careful out there.  The trout are a long way away right now.  In their summer haunts & over the depths and about a 5 gallon round trip back and forth in a boat.  We are still 11ft lower than our prime, the northern basins are still quite shallow and the water is very brackish.  We won't know how far north the trout might come until water temps cool down enough to tempt them.

Until we get more water and I am spending more time fishing up north, I'll be launching down south where the best fishing is.  Give me another 9ft of water & I will be spending all but about 3 weeks of the season fishing above pelican pt and will most likely be launching in Spalding.  Until then, I will be launching at the south end and saving fuel and money.  A recent report from a guy that rented a dock space was NOT flattering.  Had he known how shallow it was and how long the boat trip was to get to the fish he would have chosen to launch down south and would have saved 5 gallons of fuel in his boat and $20+ a day.  Oh well!! He was aware I didn't advise doing so and said he should have listened to me.  LoL.
 
 
 
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

8-6-17: EAGLE LAKE is dropping at a rate of 1.425" per week since July 2nd. It is now at 5095.73' and has lost 7 &1/8" during that time (about a month).
7-15-17: As per Doc's measurement the lake elevation is 5096.07ft; 7/8" above 5096ft.  It has dropped 3 inches in two weeks and up to 1 1/2" per week evaporation.  This is actually normal evap for this time of year.  Going to be a long summer.
7-2-17: As per Doc's measurement the lake elevation is 5096.32ft and it is dropping 1.33 inches per week.
6-23-17: As per Doc Bateson the lake elevation is 5096.479ft.  It has lost 2.65" since May 20.  Now that Pine Creek and other tributaries are no longer flowing into the lake we will begin to see our evaporation pick up a bit.
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
 
LAKE ELEVATION FOR 2011
 
MARCH 10, 2011 - 5096.28 UP 0.68ft up around 8" from local winter moisture, measurement taken hours before Pine Creek flow reached the Slough.
MARCH 17, 2011 - 5096.50, UP 2 1/2 INCHES IN ONE WEEK OF FLOW
MARCH 26, 2011 - 5096.63 FT; UP 2 5/8 INCHES SINCE 3-17
MARCH 29, 2011 - 5096.66 FT
MARCH 31, 2011 - 5096.70 FT
APRIL 4, 2011 - 5096.76  or 5096 ft 9 inches.
APRIL 9, 2011 – 5096.86 FT or 5096ft 101/4  inches.
APRIL 14, 2011 – 5096.90 ft
APRIL 19, 2011 – 5096.98 ft.  Up 0.08 ft in 5 days…or around 1 inch.
APRIL 24, 2011 LAKE ABOVE 5097 FT! @ 5097.168 (almost but not quite a seven) UP A LITTLE OVER 2 INCHES IN 5 DAYS! INCLUDING A LITTLE OVER ½ INCH OF LOCAL MOISTURE SINCE FRIDAY MORNING! UP 10 ¾ INCHES SINCE PINE CREEK BEGAN FLOWING!
APRIL 27, 2011 – 5097.28FT! or 5097 ft 3 3/8 inches.
MAY 1, 2011 5097.34 FT or 5097 ft 4 1/16 inches; up 5/8 inches
MAY 4, 2011 – 5097.39 FT or approximately 5097 ft 4  13/16 inches…a little over ¾ inch.
MAY 7, 2011 – 5097.44 FT Or 5097 ft 5 ¼ inches. 
MAY 16, 2011 – 5097.44 FT.  NO CHANGE IN LAKE ELEVATION FROM 5-7-11.  One and a quarter inches more water than last year means it is still going to be a bad year for the lake level.
MAY 21, 2011 – 5097.49 FT up 5/8 inches since May 16.  Coincides very closely to the amount of local moisture in the last 5 days.  Due to heavy winds that haven’t stopped long enough to get an accurate elevation we have not taken one.  However, we can tell you that we are still pretty much the same and still well below the 5098 ft elevation.
MAY 30. 2011 – 5097.59, up around 5/8 inch in 9 days.  Again, coinciding with the amount of local precipitation.  We aren’t gaining and we aren’t losing at the current flow rate of Pine Creek.  We have now just officially reached the 2 ft mark since the lowest lake elevation in Nov 2010.
JUNE  12, 2011 – 5097.68 ft from 5097.59 ft on May 30.  Increase of around 1 inch (for elevation in inches it is 5097 ft 6 7/8 inches).  We also had over an inch of precipitation fall in the basin in the last 10 days.
JUNE 24, 2011 - 5097.57 ft from 5097.68 ft June 12.  That translates into inches as down nearly 1 3/8 inches in 12 days.
JULY 5, 2011 – 5097.46 from 5097.57 on June 24.  That translates to 5097 ft 5 ½ inches.  Down 1 ¼ inches in 10 days.  Average daily humidity as been 13%.
JULY 18, 2011 – 5097.23 Ft from 5097.46 ft on July 5th.  Down around 1 3/8 inches in 13 days which levels out at 5097 ft 2 ¾ inches.
JULY 24, 2011 – 5097.15 FT from 5097.23 ft on July 18.  Down 3.96 inches since July 4 as per Doc Bateson.
AUGUST 4, 2011 – 5097 ft from 5097.15 ft on July 24.  About 1 ¾ inch drop in elevation.
AUGUST 8, 2011 – 5096.97 FT from 5097.0 4 days ago
AUGUST 12, 2011 – 5096.86 ft shot from doc B.  Average weekly evaporation of 1.23 inches per week which doc says is better (lower) than last year at the same time.
AUGUST 24, 2011 – 5096.68 FT.  Down from 5096.86 ft 12 days ago.
AUGUST 30, 2011 – 5096.56 FT.  Down around 1 ½ inches in last 6 days
SEPTEMBER 6, 2011 – 5096.45FT, Down around 1 3/8 inches in the last 7 days.
SEPTEMBER 20, 2011 – 5096.34 FT.  Or 5096ft 4 1/8 inches. 
OCTOBER 14-11 5096.18 or 5096 ft 2 1/8 inches
 
LAKE ELEVATION FOR 2010: 
 
BEGINNING LAKE ELEVATION 2010: 
 
May 16, 2010 – 5097.36 feet; 
October 30, 2010  was 5095.60 feet.
 
© by Valerie Aubrey
2017-09-17