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2010 TO CURRENT LAKE ELEVATIONS (Scroll down page)
SPALDING MARINA PARKING LOT WEBCAM
2018 ALL EAGLE LAKE, ALL THE TIME PHOTOS
2018 LAUNCH RAMP PHOTOS
2018 EAGLE LAKE TROUT PHOTOS
EAGLE LAKE TROUT MAY WARRANT PROTECTION UNDER THE
ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT
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PLUMAS AUDUBON GREBE STUDY
EAGLE LAKE RECREATION AREA CAMPGROUND INFO Closed for the Season. Eagle Campground remains usable for anyone venturing to camp. Water is generally turned off and the system is winterized, bathrooms closed but portable outhouse is there. This will eventually close before the end of the fishing season.
EAGLE LAKE FISHING REPORT: The fishing season closes December 31, 2018. We update our fishing report several times a week during the season because we know that ONE DAY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! CURRENT EAGLE LAKE FISHING REPORT
THE “REEL” WEATHER: This is the location of Val’s blog and take on conditions of Pine Creek, the restoration projects and lack thereof, cattle grazing (and how it didn’t help at all with the Whaleback Fire, road conditions and weather discussions including air quality if smoke from local or distant forest fires settle into the Eagle Lake basin making for difficult conditions for those with breathing problems. More
EAGLE LAKE LAUNCH RAMP CONDITIONS:
Report on Eagle Lake launch ramp conditions, fee’s (if any) and other information pertaining to launching a craft on Eagle Lake. The Gallatin Low Water Ramp located at the south end of the lake at Gallatin Marina (Eagle Lake Marina). (See Photos in 2018 Launch Ramps Album
). Spalding is a usage/parking fee marina/ramp area. I don’t advise using this ramp in late 2018 season. Stones Landing isn’t usable. Problems with the lake have moved to Eagle Lake Guardians
website and Val’s take is on the weather page. More
This page is where water temperatures, algae blooms and everything that pertains to the water quality AND Current Lake elevations
VAL’S MAP OF EAGLE LAKE:
The only contoured map of Eagle Lake with names and locations around the lake that is available on the internet. More
The lake has changed due to low water conditions. The west side is loaded with rock piles and ledges that extend well out into the lake for 2014. Also, see lake conditions for lake elevations and weather page for links to quad and topo maps of the area, as well as LNF road closure map.
VAL’S TIPS AND TRICKS FOR FISHING EAGLE LAKE:
First timers as well as seasoned Eagle Lake anglers can gain and edge by reading about different methods and set ups from trolling and bait fishing under slip bobbers to fly fishing Eagle Lake successfully any time of the year. See Gearing Up
for tips on preparing for fishing Eagle Lake in December. More
EAGLE LAKE TROUT SPAWN:
Every spring California Department of Fish and Game collect eggs from the egg collection facility located on Pine Creek near Spalding. The eggs collected at the trap are used to stock Eagle Lake and other lakes as a leading propagation trout. Including FISH RESCUES DURING THE SPAWN: We used to lose a lot of spawning trout in our seasonal tributaries during flow. Through the years we have rescued thousands of trout. Since we founded Project Eagle Lake Trout with California Inland Fisheries Foundation Inc. we were able to purchase material for Alaskan weirs to protect the tributaries before the trout get stranded attempting to head upstream to spawn. We now formed Eagle Lake Guardians to take on the local issues that have been and are affecting the lake. More Scientific Study Here
CATCH AND KEEP RECOMMENDATION:
Nearly every summer (except with exceptional water quality which comes at a lake elevation around 5105 ft) as water temps in the south basin reach 70F the pH of the lake rises. The rise in pH with high water temperatures creates a lot of stress on the Eagle Lake trout being caught and released. Criteria for posting the Catch and Keep Recommendation has changed between biologists but started out at a uniform pH (all three basins) of 9.2 and has come up to 9.4 as the lake barely dropped lower than 9.2 since the water level is below our Lady’s prime. More
LIVE RELEASE OF TUI CHUB:
The tui chub are a native fish to Eagle Lake and provide massive schools of bait fish for the trout to fatten up on in fall to get through the winter months. It is not unusual to catch tui chub (which show up as a densely stacked school of fish between 15 and 45 ft on your depth finder) during the hottest months. As the lake level drops a lot of habitat for the minnows has been lost and we haven’t seen masses at lower water levels as we have at higher water levels. Please release these gentle plankton eaters alive. To avoid catching them, avoid the stacked schools on your depth finder…trout don’t school the same way but they all live in the same water together during the summer months. More
CDFG DEER FEEDING POLICY: Visitors are always amazed at the deer herd that lives in Spalding and most cannot resist feeding them by hand. The problem is that it is illegal to feed deer in California. Yes, some locals have been getting away with it for decades which is why our herd no longer migrates. Also, people are feeding the deer things that are dangerous to them without knowing it. Please refrain from deer feeding when staying in a cabin rental in Spalding, Buck’s Bay and Stones Landing. You could be killing them without knowing it
EAGLE LAKE FISHING REGULATIONS:
No fishing inside the breakwater at Eagle Lake Marina. Pine Creek below highway 44 to the mouth at Eagle Lake is closed to all fishing. More
NEWS AND ISSUES AFFECTING EAGLE LAKE
PLANNED EAGLE LAKE WATER STUDY
THE GRANT WAS EXPEDITED AND THE CREEK MONITORING EQUIPMENT HAS BEEN ORDERED HOWEVER, IT DID NOT ARRIVE BEFORE PINE CREEK BEGAN TO FLOW IN 2011. IN FEBRUARY, MEETINGS OCCURRED TO INSURE NO ASPECT WAS LEFT OUT IN PREPARATION FOR SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL TO ACQUIRE GRANT FUNDING. THE STUDY IS EXPECTED TO TAKE ONE AND A HALF TO TWO YEARS TO COMPLETE. THE SUSAN RIVER WATERSHED IS DIVIDED INTO THREE SEPARATE YET COMBINED WATERSHEDS, EAGLE LAKE, SUSAN RIVER AND HONEY LAKE.
LASSEN NATIONAL FOREST POLLUTION Being a personal project to clean up pollution of and around Eagle Lake this information will stay on this website. However, when we pursue the next political pollution problem(s), Eagle Lake Guardians will have their chance to help. Trust me, there is more. I simply had to tell the Lake to stop throwing them all right in front of my face all at one time and give me the chance to solve the problem before tackling the rest.
Revisiting the past part I Links will be back up in a while. Moving files to new site.
Revisiting the past Part II
Revisiting the past Part III The continuing 5 year saga of sewage leaching thru holey evaporation pond liners. POLLUTION AT EAGLE LAKE’S LASSEN NATIONAL FOREST SEWAGE PONDS, THEN AND NOW
This Board Order says it all for LNF. LNF AND CONTRACTORS BEGAN CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW SEWAGE DISPOSAL SYSTEM IN SUMMER OF 2011 WHICH MAY TAKE 2 YEARS OR MORE TO COMPLETE. THAT MEANS IT TOOK SINCE 2006 TO GET THINGS ROLLING and in 2018 we are still inquiring about enforcement of water monitoring and compliance with the EPA. Without a physical inspection, checking the depth of the wells, conditions of liners we know one can’t take the word of the USFS, we’ve seen it all.
3-20-12: The sewage saga continues, LNF still not following the rules of water monitoring at the leaking sewage pond site above Merrill Campground. Groundwater could be affected as inadequate monitoring continues.
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