|Date:||May 24, 2017||Time in:||9:00PM|
|Current Temperature:||64: high temp 89F; settled at 85F||Sunrise:||May 27, 2017: 5.36AM|
|Low Temperature:||36-38F all week||Sunset:||May 27, 2017: 8:24PM|
|Predicted High Temperature:||mid 80's through the weekend||Moon Phase:||May 27: 6%|
|Current Wind:||WNW 9-12mph; biggest gust 20mph||Full Moon on:||June 9th|
|Expecting gusts to:||W25/'th; N20/F; as per App NW5/Sa; NW5/Su; SW5/M|
|Precipitation since 1-1-08||July 1-2016 (26.26" to date ) May 0.00; 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:||29.62 from 29.80|
|Total snowfall:||7-1-16 thru 3-30-17 74"|
See Cal Trans and pick your road and camera view
THIS LINK ALSO SHOWS THE AMOUNT OF SNOWFALL AND RAIN TOTALS IN THE LAST 24 HOURS, CLICK ON THE DOTS. GREAT INFO FOR TRAVEL.
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.
USFS Road 21 Open
Wildcat access Open (be careful)
A-1 Eagle Lake Road south from 36: OPEN
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.
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 GUARDIANS GIVE $23,500 to date to TROUT UNLIMITED FOR PINE CREEK PROJECTS AND STUDIES!! HERE IS THE CONSERVATION PLAN FOR PINE CREEK IN RESPONSE TO THE POTENTIAL ENDANGERED SPECIES LISTING. THE GOVERNMENT FINALLY FIGURED IT OUT! EVERYTHING FROM GENETICS TO GRAZING AND WATER IMPOUNDS ARE BEING ADDRESSED. Then, something happened.
DFW notified us that TU and Pine Creek CRMP didn't have UNR perform the organism study on Pine Creek as per "Western US protocol" and more funding is needed to actually complete the study. UNR still has the samples but can't do it for free. Wow! Not following well established protocol seems to be what Eagle Lake gets from every supposedly educated at nearly every turn. Always "part of the problem" and not the solution.
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.
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EAGLE LAKE GENERAL STORE IN SPALDING IS OPEN.
TACKLE (Sure Catch Lures), GAS, DIESEL, SOME LIQUOR.
BAR WILL BE OPEN AS WELL!
Just getting going for the season, more stuff will come in time!!
5-24-17: Warming up. We hit a high temp of 85F and a low of 38F. West winds 9-12mph with gusts to 20mph today. West winds predicted again for Thursday but taking a northerly shift with gusts to 20mph for Friday. Extended forecasts indicate northerly winds for Saturday around 5mph but not too gusty (just be prepared) and NW winds for Sunday. SW for Monday. At this time, it looks like the winds won't be too heavy, but as always, the distant forecast can change. We should see high temps in the mid 80's, and it has actually remained quite warm until about midnight but has then cooled off quickly.
Here is NOAA’s prediction for the opening weekend of fishing.
Sunny, with a high near 72. Light and variable wind becoming west 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.
Mostly clear, with a low around 41. West wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Sunny, with a high near 67. Northwest wind around 5 mph.
Mostly clear, with a low around 42. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Sunny, with a high near 78.
Mostly clear, with a low around 43.
Sunny, with a high near 80.
Mostly clear, with a low around 46.
Sunny, with a high near 84.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 48.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 47.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.
We had literally thousands of cows grazing the dry north basin along highway 139 for months and all through half of winter, finally driven out after the storm in early January. 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. We have already seen some algae on the surface of the lake. Winds have shifted locations but we do have plenty of clean water to fish in.
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. Eagle Lake is basically drowning in cow crap right now in the north basins.
We have massive schools of Tui chubs now as well as zooplankton so thick it fouls lines and downriggers in spring and summer. 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. With water temps in the high 50's, trout should be relatively high in the water column unless the sun drives them down...at the lowest, 21 to 24ft deep this time of year. I will most likely run a top line and have a leadcore on hand. At this point I may have to get to 10 to 12 ft deep and if I have flat water, I may have to drop that to 21 to 24.
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. DFW didn't get the number of eggs collected this year that they wanted so they have had to resort to electro-shocking in the south basin for the millions of eggs they needed. In years past, trying to collect eggs in May has mostly resulted in a waste of time and effort due to the eggs being over ripe or non viable. If the creeks such as Merrill and Papoose are still flowing on opening day and there is still a fish or two left in them (such as on May 15, there were 3 in Merrill and 3 in Papoose) these creeks open for fishing on May 27th as well as the lake. Pine Creek is closed to all fishing between highway 44 and the lake. I am not sure if Merrill and Papoose will actually still be dribbling by opening. All the flows are tapering down up here....even Pine Creek, but I expect it to dribble a while longer.
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. 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, not the fish or the lake. That 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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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. Even though it picked up a little by late Sept and October, it hasn't been phenomenal 30-60fish days out there. And 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. DFW needed millions of eggs this year and hoped to get them from Pine Creek. But, that didn't happen. Only a little over 1000 fish made it to the trap and less than 400 were spawn ready. DFW needed about 600-650 more hens for eggs. Millions needed to replenish losses and replacement brood stock in a hatchery. DFW had to resort to electro-shocking areas of the south basin for more fish. But the later it gets, the less viable the eggs are. We will have to see how opening weekend and a couple weeks after that go, but all I can say is good luck, we're gonna need it.
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 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 don't have in the southern tributaries and a reduction of numbers in Pine Creek compared to normal water years. We will know in the few weeks following opening weekend. 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. 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.
Without the lake at prime elevations, 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.
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.
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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