WELCOME TO THE EAGLE LAKE FISHING GALLERY
Our GALLERY is our top bookmarked page on our website(s). It is also the only photo gallery available any where that includes every season all year long at Eagle Lake Ca. Since we live in Spalding at the northwest shore of Eagle Lake’s middle basin, we have the opportunity to be here to take photographs and share our adventures so our viewers can keep up with our wonderful Eagle Lake. Many of our visitors are not able to come up between January 1 and opening weekend but they still wish they could. Our aim is to bring you here any day of the week and any time of the year. Consider us your “Virtual Eagle Lake”. Our photos and pages are copyright protected & fully registered with the Library of Congress. We are not affiliated with any agency and we are not a tourism website. We have no financial gain in what we do.
The Eagle Lake trout have to spawn in fresh flowing water, the lake water is not adequate for the survival and growth of the eggs. The water temperature of the creek determines how and when they move into the system as well as when they move upstream, stay in the pool they are at or turn around and head back to the lake. Generally when the creeks begin to flow it is from the local watershed from Champs Flat and Pine Creek Valley to the flats closer to the lake. Generally Pine Creek doesn’t connect with the upper reaches initially so if the immediate snow melts out before the connection from above takes over we can see the flow of Pine Creek decrease and even stop if the timing is off by a few days. We can lose fish that have entered the system and get trapped in small pools when the water stops flowing. This season isn’t quite what we were hoping for but at least we should have enough water in Pine Creek to start and finish up the artificial spawn but at this time, only Mother Nature knows for sure. During the 2009 spawn, CDFG collected nearly 6 million eggs. The number of eggs needed was higher that season due to CDFG needing to restock 2 hatcheries that were damaged and repaired, replacing and rearing captive broodstock in addition to the annual quota. The 2009 spawn was considerably late in the season and unknown at the time, many of the collected eggs were too old and not viable so the normal success rate went down considerably. The 2010 Spawn wasn't as successful as CDFG would have liked. Out of the 6 million eggs they wanted only a little over 2 million were able to be collected. The up and down water temps and passing storms had a lot to do with the movement and behavior of the trout. So it really doesn't matter how much flow there is if the water temperature isn't perfect for a long enough period of time. Officially, the spawn was over when only 100 fish made it to the trap in seven days (the first week of May...and only 5 of them were ripe hens, the rest were males and trout not ready to spawn.