Date: June 16, 2017 Time in: 7:28AM
Current Temperature: 64F; predicted to reach 85 Sunrise: June 17, 2017: 5.31AM
Low Temperature: 39-45F all week; expt to see mid 40's Sunset: June 17, 2017: 8:36PM
Predicted High Temperature: 80's to low to mid 90's all week Moon Phase: June 17: 50%;
Current Wind: WSW 0-3mph; expt to see NW 10-15mph Full Moon on: July 8th
Expecting gusts to: NW25/F; As per App NW11/Sa; E8/Su; W8/M; N8/Tu

NOAA Weather Forecast for Eagle Lake

Precipitation since 1-1-08 July 1-2016 (27.11" to date ) June 0.58; May 0.27; April 2.86"; Mar 1.86; Feb 8.57" Jan 5.68"; Dec 2.67"; Nov. 0.57; Oct. 3.78; Sept 0.15; Aug 0.12; July 0.00
Barometer: 30.12 from 29.80
Total snowfall: 7-1-16 thru 3-30-17 74"
THIS LINK ALSO SHOWS THE AMOUNT OF SNOWFALL AND RAIN TOTALS IN THE LAST 24 HOURS, CLICK ON THE DOTS.  GREAT INFO FOR TRAVEL.
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Also find accident info and construction info
 
****SPEED LIMIT ON LOCAL HIGHWAYS IS 55 MPH ****
WATCH FOR DEER MOVING BACK UP.  ESPECIALLY ON 395 AND 139
 
Check Road Cameras for HWY 36 & 44
and any other CA highway such as 70.
  
WATCH FOR COWS.  THIS IS OPEN RANGE AND IT IS COMMON FOR CATTLE TO END UP ON AND NEAR THE PAVED ROADS.  THERE HAVE BEEN COWS ON SPALDING ROAD SO BE CAREFUL.
 
Gallatin Road to the Marina: Nasty humps and bumps in the road along the straight away from the last left bend past Eagle Campground to the old Aspen launch ramp entrance.  Slow down.  Also, note that the road to the low water ramp also has some nasty bumps and dips so take it easy, these beat the hell out of your rig and boat if you're going a little too fast.

USFS Road 21 Open (watch out for the third cattle guard from the lake or the second one from 44.  If you're going too fast you could catch some air.  Always stop at the RR crossing.  This is an active line and several times a day.  Wildcat access Open and dry (be careful).  Fishing hasn't been very good off Wildcat for fly fishing or shore fishing.  Long way for nothing.

A-1 Eagle Lake Road south from 36:
 OPEN.  Be careful.  Heavy loads, gear down at the summit because you will pick up speed quickly heading down into the 15mph turn I call Chrome Corner.... get it?
 
A-1 Eagle Lake Road north:   Eagle Lake Road from highway 139 is open. Approximately 51 miles from 139 to the Recreation Area and Campgrounds down south. 
 
Highway 139:   This route is longer  to Susanville.  Approximately 51 miles to the south end of the lake.  Falling rocks on the grade down to Susanville from Antelope are common.  Deer have been moving so watch out

Highway 32: 
Check CA DOT Road conditions   WATCH FOR FALLING ROCKS IN THE ROADWAY.  This road has always been one for deer and wildlife crossing the road in front of you, year round.  Check conditions during weather events. 
 
Highway 36:  Check DOT  for road conditions.  See weather cams on link above.    Has some nasty areas of rough pavement on Fredonyer grade in both directions.  Caltrans maintained. 
 
Highway 44:   See Road Cameras and check conditions.   Deer have been moving.

Highway 395:  Good shape & dry.  WATCH FOR DEER AND ANTELOPE ALWAYS.  HEAVY WINDS CAN CAUSE DELAYS FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES ANY TIME OF THE YEAR.  Those that don't head the warming, often end up turned over, wrecking or hitting someone else. CHECK WIND FORECASTS ON THE NOAA LINK ABOVE WHEN COMING FROM RENO or LEAVING SUSANVILLE AND DRIVING A HIGH PROFILE VEHICLE.   CalTrans sign at 36/395 junction.  Blowing sand drifts (zero visibility and some 100ft long) can also become a hazard in high winds any time of the year.   Remember that deer are prevalent in the Honey Lake Valley all year long.  The “Locals” name for 395 to Reno is “BLOOD ALLEY”.  Drive it often enough and you’ll understand what we mean. This is a prime time as the deer and antelope move back up for spring/summer.  Deer a prevelant all year long on the 395 corridor. 

Check the road cameras at the links above.
Or check Cal Trans website for updated conditions for any temporary closures due to rock slides or storm events.
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 EAGLE LAKE FISHING HAS PROUDLY PARTICIPATED IN THIS STUDY AND WILL THRU THE END OF THE STUDY!!  We are hoping to see some reseeded and migrating tules being somewhat close to or in the water this year.  One problem we see at this time is that the grebes need two year old tule plants to support the nest as well as having 2 ft of water below the next in August.  Going to be a very long shot but we may see that next season.  We will be out checking this summer! 
 
So proud that Eagle Lake Guardians have donated an additional $6000 for a total of $23,500 to Pine Creek Restoration projects, assessments and studies through Trout Unlimited to help prevent our Eagle Lake rainbow trout from being listed as an endangered or threatened species and assist speeding up Pine Creek's restoration.  You can help by donating to Eagle Lake Guardians. Guardians will be meeting up with TU soon and discuss our options and future projects. See Guardians website for updates from TU.  Funding is still needed and Guardians hope to contribute an additional donation soon.  At least guardians are trying to help our lake and trout. These projects will also be monitored for years to come and will need our support. There are a lot of other issues that concern our trout and spawning. THE CONSERVATION PLAN IS WORTH READING AND WORTH ALL THE TIME EAGLE LAKE GUARDIANS SPENT ON EXPLAINING AND EXPOSING PROBLEMS FROM GENETIC ANOMOLIES TO MASSIVE DIVERSIONS OF WATER FROM PINE CREEK.  These will be discussed with TU and perhaps these needs can be funded after we save our trout and watershed. Go to eaglelakeguardians.org and donate through the new PayPal Button. 

2017 EAGLE LAKE PHOTOS

 

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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.  
 
 
6-16-17: Since the storms passed we have seen mostly sunny skies, warmer high temps and warmer low temps.  Low temps have been mostly between 39F and 45F, high temps in the mid 70's.  Now it looks like it's going to get warmer the next few days.  Summer is finally here.  High temps this weekend shooting for the mid to high 80's and next week pushing into the 90's.  So that's going to cause some changes to the pond water.  Hopefully, bring some fish together and improve the catching but only time will tell.  Fishing has been pretty darn slow for the majority of the people fishing.

Winds picked up around 10am yesterday and the pond went from flat to fluffy real quick.  Mostly from the west and southwest.  Gusts reached 21mph but mostly stayed around 12 to 15mph.  We are predicted to see a northwesterly flow through Saturday.  Gusts Friday predicted to be pushing 25mph; Saturday 5 to 10mph.  No big gusts predicted on NOAA at this time.  Sunday changes to the east.  So we will have made the entire compass in 4 days.  LoL.  Here is NOAA's latest post.  Be sure to keep a check on it as it changes often.  The link I use is based at Grasshopper which monitors the fire weather stations located out in the mountains.  It has been more accurate for our location than clicking for weather out in the middle of the lake on the map....that goes mostly to Susanville weather.  We are generally 10F cooler than the Honey Lake Valley and our winds can be higher or lower depending on the direction over the local mountains.  We are also 800-1000ft higher in elevations which makes a big difference.  

Today
Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. West wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.
Tonight
Mostly clear, with a low around 48. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
Saturday
Sunny, with a high near 84. North wind around 5 mph.
Saturday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 50. North wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Sunday
Sunny, with a high near 89. East wind around 5 mph.
Sunday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 53.
 
Monday
A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Sunny, with a high near 91.
Monday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 53.
 
Tuesday
Sunny, with a high near 92.
Tuesday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 52.
 
Wednesday
Sunny, with a high near 91.
Wednesday Night
Clear, with a low around 49.
 
Thursday

Sunny, with a high near 86. 

Cows are back so watch out on the roads during the early morning and later evening. Black cows don't show up well at night and eyes don't reflect headlights so be careful. 

We had literally thousands of cows grazing the dry north basin along highway 139 for months and all through half of winter and they will be back.  I hate to tell you this but as long as we have cow crap covered with water in spring and the rotting vegetation, we will have algae problems in summer and they have started early this season.  We still have patches of algae and it has mostly been on the surface but the water column is coming.  The upcomming heat for summer will most likely bring it on.

2016 was the worst year in decades for blue/green algae clouding up the water and decreasing the dissolved oxygen in the lake. It is already forming along the lake shore, but so far the water is pretty clear although we are beginning to see the green hue and visibility is now between 8 and 10ft looking down.  Eagle Lake is basically drowning in cow crap in the north basins.
 
We have massive schools of Tui chubs heading north to spawn, very visible with your naked eye.  Hopefully this brings in a fall food supply for some trout to move up.  We'll have to wait and see.  We also have the southern group that stay in the south basin. The tui chub show up on your scope differently than the trout do and generally stack up and are in lower dissolved oxygen levels than trout can inhabit.  
 
In spite of a fairly good water year and creeks flowing in spring, there wasn't a lot of trout in the tributaries as there normally have been.  We are not seeing a lot of fish being caught so far this year either, but we are seeing some.  But, there are a lot of disappointed anglers out there.  Lets hope to see the heat bring the trout down to their summer haunts and school up.  Only time will tell but if we don't see a change pretty soon, we just might have a serious problem in the numbers of trout in the lake.  A buddy calculated from the planting numbers by DFW that we are around 250,000 trout short of our normal planting allotment.  Thanks DFW.  
 
Unfortunately, I generally see a glacial blue color to the lake this time of year, but it still has a shade of green, even this early, but at least right now, it's fairly clear...clearer than I have seen in the last few years this early in the season but the bottom visual has a green hue of algae so we'll see what happens when it warms up.  I don't like to see the green tinge so soon but it still has some clarity to it so I think we are good to go for a little while. 
 
As long as Eagle Lake and Pine Creek watershed is the cash cow for a few thousand bucks for grazing, the millions of dollars lost income and business for Lassen County means nothing.  Eagle Lake and Pine Creek are considered as separate entities....unfortunately, therein lies the problem.  One can not survive without the other and the trout need both to survive.  Eagle Lake appears to have been sold out to the lowest bidder...water is the new gold in CA and the state doesn't care where it comes from as long as it benefits the few and not the natural habitat it was destined for.  But we won't stop putting the blame in the rightful place folks.  Forget about eating fish, start eating more beef but you might want to see what is in it first.  No beef is tested for heavy metals.  Organic means nothing.  All beef is considered organic if kept on a farm pasture or open range without testing.  Yep, you spend more for organic but get nothing more.  LoL!  Cloud seeded water heading south is used to grow crops that aren't tested either. And that cloud seeded water is what is being sucked up by the vegetation.  Ever wonder why Alzheimers and Autism has increased substantially in the last 20-30 years?  I don't.  We have been being poisoned for years and don't know it....we're not supposed to.  LoL.  

We have a lot of water in Pine Creek Valley that is still locked away from the lake.  Meadows to be restored in "flood plains" that didn't exsist prior to 1977 as per the major hydrology study performed for the Eagle Lake Basin Plan by Vail and Associates are all for grazing (as per page 21 of the draft meadow restoration), not the fish or the lake.  That 1970's study didn't say what the powers that be wanted it to say so it has no references in any current data used.  At least, the current reports don't refer to it but it was a hell of a detailed study for the time.  Just didn't reflect using Eagle Lake inflow to promote grazing over the health of the lake and tributaries.  It didn't fit the agenda.  But it's high time that Eagle Lake, Eagle Lake Rainbow Trout and Pine Creek start taking priority over a few bucks in intensive cattle grazing.  This county and our state is losing millions of dollars in revenue just so the ranchers get cheap feed, free water and the feds get a few thousand dollars so they get a "sale" on the books.  At the expense of the lake, fish and businesses.  CIFFI PELT (Project Eagle Lake Trout) has done little for the lake or the trout.  I suggest asking them what they have done for the lake and trout at their July 4 fundraiser for Eagle Lake trout.
 
The drought didn't cause all our problems, they began long before the drought.  There are many players who benefit with the demise of Pine Creek and the lake.  Unfortunately, some of these players are also in charge of the restoration....the fox in the hen house needs to be kept in check.  
 
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There is only one local nonprofit that has gone into battle for Eagle Lake’s water to support a native spawn and restore the lake levels. Unfortunately, the battle for Eagle Lake was a political battle of which one has to be willing to do in Lassen County.  Why Lassen resists helping Eagle Lake that once provided for a lot of income to the county for a few thousand dollars in grazing fees is beyond me.  In its current condition, it isn't the public draw it once was....and that needs to change.  We have some plans up our sleeves, but we have learned not to detail our plan until it is done or some how, some way, something gets tainted.  Our definition is simple...save the lake and it will return to it's former glory as will the local businesses and economy as well as promote for a natural spawn.  Eagle Lake Rainbow trout, Pine Creek watershed and Eagle Lake are fractured and the USFS doesn't appear to want to put it back together.  As long as the scientists and biologists don't see the trout, creek and lake at its entirety and only see it as separate, Eagle Lake may be in serious trouble.   And if no flood plains exsited historically, there is only one reason to create them now.  Grazing.  Already the Conservation Plan is being violated.  Not only the water but the free passage of the trout in Pine Creek to migrate upstream at their own choosing was restricted by DFW as DFW needed every ripe hen for artificial egg collection that they could trap.  Only after getting every ripe hen out of circulation did DFW reopen the gate....then let all the males go up and only a handful of females that were not spawn ready. Pine Creek was flowing Dec 16th but the gates were not opened for any fish passage until mid February.  That is not allowing the free will passage.  DFW had no way of knowing if there were any fish in the creek at that time so after I questioned them about numbers, they installed a camera, not a counter.  LoL.  In this day and age, they should know exactly how many fish made free passage.  We are still at a critical point when it comes to the native spawn.
 
Pine Creek and Eagle Lake should be restored for the lake and the fish, not restored to enhance more grazing.  That's what seems to be killing the lake from nutrients and removing water from the watershed.  There is only one way to save the businesses and livelihood of the resort communities, lake and trout, that is to restore the hard won drainage to Pine Creek, move the cattle up, drill some wells that flow into tanks for water for cows, power them with solar panels and give the lake back to it's watershed.  Restoration of Pine Creek is essential to establishing a native spawn as well as getting the lake elevation back....but only a spawn is the driving factor...a minimal spawn at that.  But, what if they don't have a healthy lake to come home to.  With one good water year, it's now about restoring grazing and feed, not the fish or the lake.  It all works together.  Climate change, climate manipulation, less snow pack come into play, but on what should have been a good water year, we are still 9ft down from our prime, and over 3ft below what scientists determined was good for the fish.  Eagle Lake Guardians have helped defeat the potential listing of an endangered species for our trout.  This was our main goal.  Unfortunately, the scientists are only looking at the trout, creek and lake as different things when historically, it all worked together as one.  We have seen data manipulated as well.  Perhaps, this is where the barrier to restoring anything is.  As long as the agenda is to graze cattle for penny's and lose millions in the economy and stress the lake and trout, we are screwed.  The trout have to make it back to the lake and, that has happened but only in the same year they went up to spawn. Other telemetry tags have been found in the dry creek bed after the creek stops flowing...the creek has to stop flowing before the cattle are allowed in to graze.  So the sooner the creek stops, the sooner the grazing starts.  The more water locked upstream raises the water temps sooner than normal and that in itself stops the fish.  Our first tag found was near the A1 bridge, another near the Spalding bridge, two others from fish that retured to the lake the same year.  The ones found in the creek were from fish that tried to get back but ran out of flow before making it to the lake. So getting them back to the lake is going to require longer flows....and they might bring the minnows with them rather than head to unchartered waters 20 miles upstream from 44.  Looks like we may have to go after the water again.  

By not listing the trout, we have less red tape to get and keep projects moving forward.  Trout Unlimited has hired a facilitator in order to keep DFW and USFS moving...Where it began about the fish, it's ending in grazing.  So something has to change.  We may see a native spawn, but without a lake, what's the point?  As long as this lake is below 5100ft elevation, the trout in the lake are threatened.  Every report shows that.  It wasn't all from the drought.  Mother Nature will respond once the attitude of the water diverters change. The lake had been robbed for decades and as water levels dropped, the robbing didn't stop.  So some changes were in order.   We aim to keep the changes coming, regardless....even if we have to sue to get it.  

Where are the massive numbers of trout in the lake?  I hear from many people who have said 2016 had been the worst fishing season they have experienced in decades and 2017 fishing season shaping up to be the same.  Even though it picked up a little by late Sept and October last season, it hasn't been phenomenal 30-60fish days out there. Consider yourself lucky to get a fish or two in 5-6 hours and don't count on a big one. I have a second request in for creel data of catch rates per angler last season of which I have finally received the data from DFW biologist Paul Divine after additional request.  Catch rate down, anglers down, but fish slightly larger.  Too bad people can't catch what they used to.  Many thinking it's a waste of time and money to come up, fish for 12 hours in two days and be lucky to catch one! Campgrounds with lots of empty spaces, stores struggling, Stones Landing resort still closed.  Well, folks, I am certain that if the quality of the fishing was like it was in the past, more people would be here fishing.  Unfortunately, other lakes have better fishing so folks are going where they can have fun.  We have had better fishing, but the last two years has been, well, not very good. 

A 3 to 4 pounder hasn't been uncommon in fall/winter for years either.  But the bigger fish meat quality isn't nearly as good as the smaller 2 to 3 pounders. I would rather see folks catch limits of 2 to 3 lb fish than to spend a weekend and catch 1 or none.  I think this  lake has some serious problems. I know there are a lot of unhappy anglers.

With all the new fertilizer covered in a few feet of water in the north basins (cows and rotting vegetation), I expect to see it take affect once warmer temps come along.  We have already seen some algae blooming on warm sunny days.  We have always had more food in the lake than fish to eat it so having too much food isn't really any different than any other year.  What we are seeing is the food supply so thick it fouls lines, downriggers and any terminal tackle.  Tui chubs are everywhere and thicker than we have seen them in the past.  The tui chubs appear to be expanding tremendously.  We have had massive tui chub spawning success the last two years, however, the territory has also decreased for them.  It seems to me that the biomass of fishes is backwards now as the chubs have not been kept in check.  

With fewer fish in all the tributaries this year, I am concerned about the quality of the fishing again this season.  Last year was tough and the lake was hard on the fish.  I see how many we didn't have in the southern tributaries and a reduction of numbers in Pine Creek compared to normal water years.  DFW needed 3.1 million eggs and after over 2 months of good flow in Pine Creek only got 1.3 million and had to resort to electroshocking in the lake to get that extra .3mil.  That is a pathetic number of eggs for the resourses used to get there.  DFW is really screwing this lake over.  Blocking fish from upstream passage for the native spawn thne letting them head up too late in their desire.  We have a few hundred fish holding between the bridges & not going any further in spite of Pine Creek still flowing.  But it's just about done flowing over the dam/weir, but may trickle a little longer.  LoL.  Good science?  I don't think so. DFW has been pretty pathetic when it comes to maintaining this lake the last few years.  Perhaps the biologist needs to move on and be replaced....that would be a good start.

My fishing partner and I are already planning on fishing other lakes in between fishing this one.  After 50 + years of great fishing and lots of big fish, we have found other lakes with better catch rates and big fish.  Countless other people have contacted me regarding camping here but fishing other lakes.  Why not, I am & I live here!!  We have spent the winter and spring months fishing on lakes within about 1 1/2 hours from here and really having a ball.  I do have friends that want to fish a couple time a week and I will oblige them here at Eagle but I just don't see the numbers of fish that we normally had after severe cuts in planting. If I do see the blue/green algae as massive as it was last year, I won't hold back on posting the dead fish pictures from the bottom as I did last year.  They weren't old dead fish either. Might invest in an ROV this year.  Time will tell.

At higher water levels, the catch and keep recommendation had been posted for years during summer which was highly supported.  Not posting it in critical times such as blue green algae blooms (since that may become our new normal) I have always believed that we lose fish during certain conditions.  Was DFW wrong then, or wrong now? I have had a lot of other people comment similarly about that.  General concensus:  DFW lost support for many things.  As long as we are paying high prices for licenses, we are going to catch and release.  I have gone barbless or micro barb hooks and NEVER remove a fish from the water to release it and avoid playing it out and never take a picture of a fish out of the water that I release.  We are seeing some dead fish on the bottom in the clearer shallower water.  Not sure if these are released fish or just dead fish for no other reason.  But we have seen fly fishermen in the area.  As a note, I never take a fish out of the water if I am planning to release it.  They just don't do well.  But, DFW doesn't care what you do.

Without the lake at prime elevations (5106ft is considered full, 5100 is considered the lowest for the health of the fish), our watershed and our special trout are put back together, we have nothing.  We still have impounded water on Pine Creek and the green slime algae hasn't exactly left.  We would have probably come up an extra 2-3 ft had the impounds and springs been transfered to the lake.  What is it worth to you? It is worth everything to me.  It's environmental & yes a political aspect as well, one has to be willing to step on a few toes to save the lake and make some waves, press the DFW and LNF on all counts affecting this lake and our trout.  We will step on more than that if we have to & proved that a long time ago. And, we aren't done just yet.  I have watched the climate change and tracked it for over 14years.  It does have something to do with it but 86 impounds and water diversions on our main spawning and feeder creek has had devistating affects all for just one or two ranchers at most for cattle...and instead of less, more are planned.  Sound familiar IE National Geographic Water and Power series, Monterey Agreement, Agenda 21 and privatizing public resourses is here.  Federal Gov might own the lake but the State owns the water.  However PG&E has been manipulating our weather for many decades by cloud seeding for Lake Almanor and Lake Shasta, again, Monteray Agreement and sending every drop of water out.  This has reduced our snow pack as well as our local moisture.  So it's not all Mother Nature's cycle.  We have a man made problem.  Regardless of having a fair water year, the lake is still below all recommended levels for the health of the lake, vegetation and trout.  Losing Eagle Lake and blaming it on climate change is mute when the climate is being manipulated to begin with.  Eagle Lake isn't saved yet. 
As long as restoration for cattle grazing continues, the trout won't be listed...but I highly doubt that USFWS knows what is happening....little has to do with trout and most of it is about retaining grazing.  That restoration was the critical part of keeping the trout off the listing.  The first two pages were about USFS and State employees having immunity from past poor decision making regarding Pine Creek (in which well over 80 water projects exist with only 7 permitted), We'll see if that still stands after more poor decision making in contrast to the conservation plan.  The last impound was finished around 2005...our last year of good water was 2005/2006 and we have lost water in the lake ever since.  The critical part is getting the fish and minnows back to the lake before the creek dries up and water temperatures spike.
It appears that TU may have fallen for the CRMP mentality of the ranchers on the board and using old government tactics.  We may need to replace the CRMP group that has been around too long, done too little and simply abided by the wishes of the few rather than the many or the health of the lake.  Also as a note, "TU and CRMP didn't have the Pine Creek organism study performed by Western US protocol and it needs to be done over again" is a direct quote from DFW biologist Paul Divine.  At least UNR still has the samples so it can be done but needs more funding.  Grant money will be used for that.  DFW biologist Paul Divine told us that when he asked if we would be willing to fund another study. Unbelievable?  No that's just something normal for Eagle Lake.  Professional screw ups,.  Over the decades, CRMP has caused more of our problems than they have ever fixed, this is why people showed up at their meeting.  CRMP has very little support locally, known only for cattle grazing over fish habitat.  I had a discussion with Trout Unlimited recently about the plan and other things that were not in the best interest of the lake and trout.  We hope there are amendements to the plan and a better way of restoring Pine Creek than adding more impounds for livestock grazing.  If you want to be a part of the solution to Eagle Lake, then Eagle Lake Guardians is who you need to donate too.  All our donations go directly to Eagle Lake & Pine Creek Restoration or quite possibly legal council or legal action to save the lake.  Guardians is the only local nonprofit whose donations go ONLY to support Eagle Lake and no other pockets, projects or lakes…just this one.  And, we are working behind the lines but we aren't afraid to flank these folks either.  More to come on that issue.  Some one has to do this job folks, it isn't pretty but it has to be done. One fair water year isn't going to cut the mustard.  The lake needs to be at an elevation no lower than 5100ft before it isn't considered detrimental to the trout....or local economy.  So in spite of somethings going well, more work needs to be done.  
Check NOAA link for the ever changing details.
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Lake Conditions  for  water temps & Lake elevation by date
Ramp Conditions for launch ramp info.

Tips and Tricks for ideas & set ups dialed in for fishing Eagle Lake. Most methods are covered. We make no claims of knowing everything about Eagle Lake, but we do know a lot about catching Eagle Lake trout in their native waters.

Eagle Lake Fishing Report on “Best Fishing Locations and Depths”
 
FISHING ACCESSES, TOPO MAPS   Note that USFS has a new app for quad and topo maps. I believe you are given the option to purchase them through the app. I love having the maps available on my phone no matter if I have signal or not. 
 
EAGLE LAKE ACCESSES, QUAD MAPS AND TOPO MAPS: USFS QUAD MAPS OF OPEN ROADS AROUND THE EAGLE LAKE AREA: The links below go to maps saved from Lassen National Forest website. Any questions you have should be directed to Eagle Lake Ranger Station staff. I am only providing them for quick access for our viewers. More information on road closures in the Forest is available on their website. All these maps have the access roads pretty well lined out for you to access say, Wildcat Point (Pikes Pt Quad and Topo) or the Youth Camp from Gallatin (Gallatin Quad and Topo). On the larger maps, one can enlarge a specific area and crop and print the selected area on regular paper.  NOTE: I SAVED THESE TO MY IPHONE AND I HAVE THEM WITH ME MOST EVERYWHERE, helpful in names of places over Google or other maps/gps apps
TROXEL QUAD MAP LINK  
(popular drive to see wildlife; County Road 105 & ends at USFS 21)
 
 
USFS ROAD CLOSURES ZOOM IN You can also zoom up and crop specific areas of these maps to print. I personally did this myself to use to compare to other maps I had when bumpin’ along the dirt roads & believe it or not, there was some very good information on all these maps. USGS has just about everything you could ever need or want for maps…. Hunters might just benefit very well from downloading some of these maps and satellite images.
 
LNF HAS NEW ROAD MAPS OUT NOW ON THEIR WEBSITE.
 
USGS Troxel Topo Map 
  
 
Water diversions/impoundments on lower Pine Creek  ALL THE LAKES FORMED FROM WATER DESTINED FOR PINE CREEK, STUDIES THAT WERE CONVENIENTLY LOST BY FEDERAL/STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS HAVE BEEN  REDISCOVERED .... and they thought all the hard copies of the most important study (Vail Report, the base study for the Eagle Lake Basin Plan....or the Bible for Eagle Lake) were no longer available and no one could actually go back and see what the study said....thus, they will only "tell us what it said" and since there was no copy left to compare with, they could pull the wool over peoples eyes.  OOPS, seems that there was one remaining hard copy and it has been sent to LNF as well as USFWS.  All photos of the large lakes formed by impounded water and the documentation that allowed the cows to take over in Pine Creek was submitted too.  Well over a gigibyte of information and documentation is now in the hands of USFWS to assist in their determination of listing our trout on the protected or endangered species list.  2015 CONSERVATION PLAN
 
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2017-06-16