|Date:||December 15, 2018||Time in:||
35F; high hit 39F briefly on 12-14.
Dec 16, 2018 7:20am (Spalding)
Low temps have been between 14F and 34F depending on the overnight cloud cover.
Dec 16, 2018 4:37pm
|Predicted High Temperature:||mid 40’s this week||Moon Phase:||Dec 16, 2018 ; 59% waxing|
Sa: S 0-3mph, 5mph pred NOAA
|Full Moon on:||
Dec 23, 2018
|Predicted gusts to:||
Su: S 10-20mph; 35mph gusts (NOAA)
CURRENT LAKE ELEVATION
SPALDING MARINA PARKING LOT WEBCAM
Dec: 0.36″ from 0.17″
July 1, 2017 to July 1, 2018; 19.49″ Season total
|Barometer:||29.86 from 29.80|
Although, that isn’t always the safe speed.
Logging operations going on near Spalding and Wildcat/Lake of the Woods. Log the hell out of the burn boys! We would rather see it go to use than to waste. We have always been pro-logging.
Wildcat Road(s): South: Since the last storm there is standing water in several places by noon. I don’t advise going in alone. We’ve seen warmer temps and a little rain which make for mud on this road. The dust that was several inches in depth is now wet and clay like. Crusty in the morning IF it’s cold enough, and softens up during the day. Temps haven’t been cold enough to freeze this up solid yet and keep it that way. Do the buddy system if you chance it, it ain’t pretty. Timber still noodled up for chipping. North road still has logging operations going on. Was standing water on the road on 12-15. Let these folks get that timber out!! Plenty of places and kayaks and float tubers can certainly access the area via the water and catch plenty of fish off Christie and Assdragger. But you’ll work hard getting to the water.
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2018 UPDATE: Still awaiting more updates, because there is nothing to update on Pine Creek Restoration and agencies don’t appear to be funding restoration. 6-11-18 Preliminary update is that benefits to the fish aren’t being discussed. Some funding applied for and not successful. Here is a 6-18-18 partial update from TU. I am still waiting for other responses to request for update on 2018 season from TU and additional info from CRMP. 12-14-18: It appears that funding dried up and nothing was done this season. We are expecting another update from TU next week regarding funding requests. At this time no state or federal agency is funding the restoration. Here is a “conceptual plan” NOTE: that CRMP has been “working on restoring the creek habitat for 31 years for “fish” and little to show for it. But the big impounds were installed under their watch. We are told that backing up this water enhances the wells in Spalding. If Pine Creek is double the nutreints, then why are Spalding wells not under continuous monitoring. More later on that. NOTE 2: it IS like pulling teeth from a live gator to get any updates. The whole conservation plan is to prevent the trout from being listed as an endangered species and restore the creek for a native spawn. See update, restoration hasn’t been discussed for fish and spawning habitat. No restoration and we can end up back to square one regarding the endangered species listing. I will be contacting USFWS after Christmas. Super Ditch still appears to be capable of trapping local water.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 ANOMALIES TO MASSIVE DIVERSIONS OF WATER FROM PINE CREEK AND POINT OUT THE ISSUES THAT DEVASTATED THE WATERSHED TO PREVENT A LISTING BY FIXING IT. IF IT ISN’T FUNDED BY STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OR OTHERS, THEN IT IS A WASTED PROCESS. 2019 USFS GRAZING PLAN THAT DOESN’T ADDRESS ANY FISH RESTORATION AND LAHONTAN REQUESTING MORE DETAILS AND AS OF NOV 8TH, 2018 NOTIFIED THE USFS THAT EAGLE LAKE IS PROTECTED UNDER THE CLEAN WATER ACT AND THAT THEY HAVE TO PERFORM A NEPA STUDY in their grazing plan. In writing, Lahontan can’t believe the ignorance of LNF who claimed they didn’t know that. LoL We did. Note that the signed plan can be changed and amended at any time without any public notice. Public information is ONLY available via emailing CRMP (we will post any emails we receive although we have been on the email list for years, we don’t usually receive anything from CRMP). ;-/ Perhaps you will have better luck ;-). Email Tim Keesey CRMP at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for email updates. The cattle grazing at the north basins lake shore is now being looked into and evidence of misuse is being submitted, filed and printed by Lahontan for their case. Massive cow crap inundating the lake is showing, the increased grazing on and in the lake since 2015 is obviously causing harm. They have certainly torn up the shoreline area over the last years of low water, and higher water covers up hundred of tons of crap which directly affects the water quality. The wave surge from a windy day can push water 100-200ft up the shallow shoreline which carries all the fresh nutrients right back into the lake. Eagle Lake Guardians have been asked to assist the State with water testing of the lake station. The state dropped the ball over the last few years and need some assistance. Guardians are committed to this lake and will assist in any capacity needed. McClellan Ranch has been very conscientious and one of the best when it comes to protecting the lake. But their cows over stayed their time on the lake as well.
Updated 2012 to 2018 fin trimming
Also, 2017 creel data was barely worth posting statement by DFW Paul Divine “With lower catch rates many anglers stayed on the water longer, past our survey hours, resulting in fewer anglers interviewed (on top of the already lower than normal fishing pressure)”. Get a hint Mr Divine, you alone are responsible for the lower catch rates as well as the reduced number of anglers and trust me, people wait until you leave before coming in. Put some fish in the lake & the people will come and start planting the lake with 2/per pound like we normally would receive rather than planting bait at 4+/per pound so they have half a chance at survival from the pelicans you are feeding during planting. If fall planters do better then plant them all in fall at least the average person would be catching a limit. Ask for volunteers to float out in boats, tubes or kayaks to keep pelicans from eating them as fast as they are put in. Personally, in my over 57 years on the lake, this biologist and DFW in general is probably the worst we have had in over 30 years. That’s what happens when you have an environmental biologist that doesn’t actually fish the lake, spend several days a week seeing and watching it, or conduct weekly water quality tests, especially during our lowest historic elevations since the 1930’s and blue/green algae thick clouded water that is non typical of this lake, depletion of dissolved 02 below 22ft in summer where the trout have to live at 73F in summer just to breath? Ya see, folks, no data, no problem. That’s DFW’s new strategy right from the USFS handbook. LoL. Don’t complain at the stores or the marina. If you have complaints about the fish and fishing complain here. Paul Divine Biologist: Paul.Divine@wildlife.ca.gov 530 254-6363 Redding office Supervisor: Andrew Jensen Andrew.Jensen@wildlife.ca.gov 530 225-2300. Have we seen a few larger fish come in in fall. Yes, there is more food in the lake than the low number of trout can eat. Tui Chub population is way out of control. AS OF 12-14-18 A TOTAL OF 144,135 TROUT WERE PLANTED IN THE 2018 SEASON. ABOUT 80% OF NORMAL ALLOTMENT. Not enough but beggars can be choosers.
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Our temps are predicted to warm up a little to the low to mid 40’s. These are generally brief this time of year. Roads around the lake are currently in good shape. Another chance for snow comes in around Monday. 4X4 vehicles still have to carry chains and if you are towing a heavy boat, you may need them to get up the grade. A1 to 36 goes to higher elevations and it’s quite common to see a few inches of snow over the top when the basin only gets an inch. The snow has more traction to it than ice does. Either way it’s not fun to tow over. 139 is much longer route since we have to go south to launch. Although it can be much safer. Just be prepared if you plan on a trip up. The worst parts of A1 during and just after a storm event from 139 are just above Stones Landing, just past Bucks Bay and Heart failure grade down to the west side of Rocky Pt. Spalding can have some nasty spots but most of us are use to it. Just slow down. Watch out for logging traffic during the weekdays.
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. South wind around 5 mph.
Showers likely, mainly after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. Breezy, with a south wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Rain showers likely before 10pm, then rain and snow showers. Low around 25. South wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
A chance of rain and snow showers before 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. South wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
A 20 percent chance of snow after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.
Partly sunny, with a high near 42.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 20.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 44.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 20.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 45.
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20.
Partly sunny, with a high near 44.
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Over the reduced planting, by the numbers, this lake is STILL well over 250,000 trout short and a gazzillion chubs over populated. This poor DFW management has caused a loss of tourists and anglers and is what happens when biologists don’t actually spend time on the water or actually fish the lake they mis-manage. I would have said “care for” but that is far from it with our current biologist. No one boat load of average anglers should be lucky to catch one ELT per day let alone 1 in a week in summer. Loss by hundreds of pelicans hanging out at the only ramp where these fish have been being planted isn’t part of the DFW equation. 300 pelicans in spring and fall can do some numbers damage to small dumb trout. The birds had to follow the boats this 2018 summer, rather than the boats following the birds this year. Finally they are able to find minnows in close to chase and feeding on the fall planted trout. I don’t mind saying that a pelican can eat 3 big 3lb chubs before it’s full after feeding them some chubs. That’s around 7-9lbs of fish to fill up a 22-24lb bird. A 12″ or less trout is just an appetizer and it takes about 10 of those for a meal for a pelican. I would rather feed them chubs than have them get the trout. And I have seen a pelican swallow a 4 to 5 lb trout whole in fall as well as in spring during the spawn. It isn’t like they care what they eat, just THAT they eat. I don’t mind feeding the birds at all and I really don’t think the anglers can put a dent in the chub population for many years, but we are giving it our best efforts until WE feel we have culled the population down to the right numbers. I’ll be doing the same in 2019. Obviously, we can’t count on DFW to do much. LoL. Without a large or actually a normal amount of predators on this years hatch, our chub population will be….well, out of control for years to come. Anglers will never be capable of depleting or reducing the population for decades. But, we will try for years to come. This is a man made problem & chances are that Mother Nature won’t be able to take care of the over population of chubs.
Nature can’t straighten out a man made problem of the tui chubs so chances are that the balance of the biomass isn’t going to happen without angler intervention for years to come. And we are killing as many as we catch at this point. Birds gotta eat too and they wouldn’t be following boats and watching rods if they weren’t hungry. I don’t believe they can see through the cloudy green water we have had in 2018 to find their prey and only a few osprey remained after the spawn. People don’t come here to catch trophy tui chubs in summer. 20-30chubs a day was common in 2017 and often 2 to 4 at a time. This is because they school so densely and when you run lines through the school you can’t help but have all the lines go off. But the pelicans are fast at picking them up right away. Nothing is going to waste. We don’t have the osprey we had in the past either and the eagles are also fewer. Our resident eagles remain but no migrants stayed long at all. Loons also in small numbers. Between reduced planting, cloudy green water, more than the fishing has been affected by DFW.
2016 was the worst year in decades for blue/green algae clouding up the water and decreasing the dissolved oxygen in the lake. We did see a return of the blue/green algae in summer 2017 and once we cooled down in fall it cleared up a little. We did start off clearer in 2017 with influx of 5ft of water than we have been for several years, but it didn’t last. Lots of nutrients flow in every year, lots of nutrients from the shoreline grazing were covered up with water. The lake remains much lower than normal yet the grazing numbers have not decreased, they increased. I believe we will continue to see this phenomena for years to come. As of 2018 the lake water has been very cloudy and greening up before opening weekend arrived. It was nasty all summer and by late August I know of two dogs sickened. Visibility greatly reduced in all basin compared to 2017 season at the same time of year and after complaints, LNF posted a warning sign regarding harmful bacteria (cyanobacteria) at the low water ramp at Gallatin. Adjust to conditions. Even into December, 4 ft down was all we could see. PS) I haven’t even let my dog swim in this lake since 2015. Too far away from a vet and that it costs around $1000 to cure your dog from cyanobacteria. Think what it would cost to cure your kid. We have never seen the lake so cloudy and green in my 59 years, my folks 79 years than we have the last 3 years. Perhaps that 150 years of grazing is rearing it’s ugly head, low water isn’t helping, but again, if we had the water from Pine Creek for the last few decades, we wouldn’t be at this severely low elevation and would have survived the drought just fine. 3 good water years and only 3 ft above our lowest point since 2015 which dated back to 1939. This isn’t rocket science folks. It needs to be exposed to be fixed.
There is no doubt fewer anglers on the lake and fewer visitors during the season. People want to catch fish, not spend a lot of money for little to nothing. This comes from the old timers who haven’t been here for several years and their reasons why. I have also been contacted by people who camp here and this year they are staying here but fishing other local lakes. PS) I don’t eat the fish out of Almanor for several reasons.) If you follow my report and do what I do, you will catch fish here too. The lake is fishing different that it has in the past, you’ll have to adapt to the changing conditions in the heat of the summer and search as we do for a small pod of trout here and there and the dissolved oxygen is the key, rather than the temperature. Those of us that are spend more time on the water than most visitors, are use to this adaptation. It will take years, maybe 5-10+ for this lake to recover under it’s current management by DFW and LNF. The increased cattle grazing is rearing it’s ugly head. Thus the water quality, blue/green algae, higher salinity, higher pH. We need some fresh perspectives before this lake returns to it’s former glory, or dies off completely.
For catching the trout, we simply had to adapt to the water conditions and loss of dissolved oxygen at levels the trout normally would be at. For me, the trout stayed around 17 to 20ft deep where the water temperatures were 72F, just like 2016. 2018 I’m finding more trout 12 to 18ft deep and as low as 24ft briefly before coming up to around 15ft for most all of the summer months. Much deeper & it’s going to be chubs. Of course, all levels got monster tui chubs, on just about every lure or fly made, due to their stacking nature in summer. The chubs are probably going to pose a problem in the coming years. Birds gotta eat but they need floaters not sinkers. LoL.
Inflow from the creeks undoubtedly brings in nutrients from the massive cattle grazing and feed the algae once the lake water starts warming up and days get longer. Since the lake is lesser in volume and nutrients increased (no reduction in numbers of cattle (increased in 2014), just a big reduction in the lake) I believe is the reason the blue green algae is worse than in years of higher water levels. The lake just doesn’t seem to be able to absorb and digest the nutrients fast enough now. 2016/2017 5Dot had a few thousand cattle grazing all winter off 139 at an average of 10 craps per cow per day…then the water came up 5ft and covered all that crap. Google how much a cow craps per day. 10 times on average, up to 15 times per day. 2018 winter, so far around 800 cattle up north…several in the lake itself. We’ll be dealing with that fertilizer for years. Poundage from 150-200 cows … 9750 to 13,000lbs per day and in a closed system!! No Wonder WE are GREEN!! (Note that the lower the lake is, the more property is owned by the ranchers. It is not beneficial to them to see the lake back up to recreational levels. Thus, Pine Creek water will remain locked up for grazing and the lake will remain low. Guardians are working on this problem.) The dissolved 02 has been dropping below 22ft in summer (that’s what blue/green algae does) to levels that won’t sustain the trout for more than a few minutes so in spite of cooler temperatures deeper, the trout need the oxygen and are now regularly living in water temps above 70F during the summer months. Either we support the cattle industry or the lake and fishery. At this point, I don’t think the two can co-exist until water levels are allowed to refill. The lake has been suffering for years, Pine Creek for decades of decimation and diversion (86 water impounds in 40 miles of creek as per USFS documentation, & they don’t like having to give some of that back to the lake after decades of removing it from the watershed). Along with Pine Creek, so went the native spawn and restoration is limited by funding (purposely?). Perhaps a new petition will put a fire under the butts of those dragging their feet for non-other than grazing. Along with DFW manipulating any free passage upstream until the spawn is over and water temps rise to unfavorable levels, managing days and numbers allowed, only makes for another predetermined out come in regards to any native spawn. Which hasn’t even been discussed regarding any current restoration projects OR USFS grazing plans. DFW took eggs from every ripe hen trapped at the trap that they could get. Opened the gate for free passage at first flow (for fish coming back LoL), then only 2 nights during the peak once the fish entered the system from the lake, and then once DFW was done collecting the eggs and the water warmed up, flow slowed down and the trout were no longer interested in heading upstream did they open the gates so the fish had free passage…back to the lake as water temps rose to 70F by mid April. But several didn’t make it as the creek began drying up…which only took a matter of hours. Quite a few were observed near the A1 and Spalding bridges trying to get back. Those we watched, didn’t make it as flows only took hours to end. Maybe this lake and OUR trout needs to take precedence for a few years. They do what they want regardless of the lake, fish or local economy. We’ll see who gets notified when the brook trout are chemically killed in upper Pine Creek and if any local wells are tested for any chemical contamination considering that they all say they are improving the ground water by impounding water for cattle. Lake Davis? Noted that Pine Creek water flows underground? Well’s? We’ll be meeting with Lahontan Water Quality Control Board soon & get this shit straightened out. Literally.
5 Dot moved their cattle back to the lake shore near the old Stones Ranch and highway 139 this 2018 winter. The nutrients being more concentrated in a lower lake elevation seems to have caused the nasty cloudy conditions. I do believe that it has a lot to do with our blue green algae problem in summer the last few years. The water up in Troxel Bay is very ugly. Fish haven’t been up there for years. Over the last few years of drought, masses of trout haven’t moved up much above the Youth Camp and the north side of Pelican Pt, even in fall to late fall. The cattle were west of Spalding Road, halfmoon bay and all along 139. We’ll see how that goes. But they aren’t supposed to be at the north ends of the lake trampling the lake shore or lake bottom, or to be crapping in the lake all summer/fall/winter. This rule has been neglected and not enforced for many years. Public awareness is critical to this enforcement as the agencies only care about one thing….and that hasn’t appeared to be the lake or fishery which is the livelihood of Lassen County. If grazing helped prevent catastrophic wildfires it certainly didn’t help Spalding out during the Whaleback Fire now did it?
There were a lot of disappointed anglers out there for 2018 and 2017 season (2016, 2015, 2014…). Even though some of the fish being caught were larger, there is no consistency in numbers. They have been few and far between for many folks this season. 2018 season was very poor for the average angler until water began to cool off. A buddy calculated from the planting numbers by DFW that we are around 250,000 trout short of our normal planting allotment. Thanks DFW. ALSO, NOTE THAT NEARLY EVERY FISH HAS BEEN MUTILATED BY FIN TRIMMING. MANY HAVE ONLY ONE FIN LEFT IF ANY. TAILS ARE SPLIT OR HEAVILY NOTCHED. THANKS AGAIN DFW. ONE FIN TRIM IS OK AND IN NO WAY ARE ANY “GROWING BACK”. REMOVING ALL THE FINS IS CONSISTENT WITH MUTILATION AND HARMFUL TO THE FISH. GO BACK TO FREEZE BRANDING THE TROUT NOT MUTILATING THEM. Every time a fish is handled through the spawn another trim is performed. I HAVE RECEIVED TONS OF COMPLAINTS FROM ANGLERS REGARDING FIN-LESS FISH. I’VE CAUGHT HUNDREDS, GUIDES HAVE CAUGHT HUNDREDS WHICH IS WAY TO MANY TO HAVE SAY A GROUP OF ANGLERS CUTTING ALL THE FINS OFF. DFW DENIES TRIMMING EVERYTHING AND SAYS ALL THE TAIL TRIMS GROW BACK. LOL. Although they submit the trimming fact sheets and always trim fins and tails at the trap or any fish they spawn or handle. I was told a long time ago that DFW will never admit to trimming all the fins off. Just ask one. hahaha MOST ANGLERS DON’T MUTILATE AND RELEASE…AND IF THEY DO, THEY AREN’T TRULY ANGLERS. AND IT ISN’T JUST AN ANOMALY, IT’S MUTILATION to continue to mark a single fish every time it’s handled. We did have a fly fishing group that came up and trimmed fins on every fish they caught. Although this particular group hasn’t been up in years, I seriously doubt they are responsible for several thousand fish in 3 days fishing. LoL. Chances are that the markings are to determine hatchery fish from an native fish in the future. But so far any native spawn restoration hasn’t been being funded by state or federal agencies. Questions/Complaints: Paul Divine 530 254-6363 Paul.Divine@wildlife.ca.gov AND Andrew Jensen in Redding office at 530 225-2300 email@example.com are those who you should file complaints with.
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. $$$$ for the cattle industry? Buddies? In its current condition, it isn’t the public draw it once was…fishing has been poor for many folks for several and that needs to change. Even if DFW plants more trout, it will be years before they are sufficient for catching, especially when planted at 1/4lb or less. 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. Once this community is joined together to help the whole lake, things will begin to look up. We’ll be posting an update soon. 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. So only one store/RV park is open in Spalding (at our peak, 3 stores). Stones has RV sites available but the store and restaurant remain closed. No restaurant in Spalding (had 2 at our peak). One local guide working (and working other lakes as well) when 7 had been our norm. 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. Unfortunately, DFW thinks this is good management and great public opportunity for catching ELrT. LoL. The only ones they are convincing of that is themselves. General public knows different.
Eagle Lake Guardians have helped defeat the potential listing of an endangered species for our trout. This was our main goal although the rumors around town were that we wanted to list the trout. The petitions were never about anyone wanting the listing of the trout, they were done in order to get Pine Creek restoration moving forward and ignored since 1995. Intent on original petition was to get water back to the lake and to allow the native spawn for the gene pool after decades of manipulation of the fish…all after CRMP screwed things up. 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 has been. As long as the agenda is to graze cattle for penny’s and lose millions in the economy and stress the lake and trout and increase the tui chubs to explosive levels, we are screwed. The trout have to make it back to the lake and, that has happened but mainly in the same year they went up to spawn. Some, but no large numbers of trout have “possibly” returned the following year but only in single digits. Other telemetry tags have been found in the dry creek bed after the creek stops flowing. The more water locked upstream raises the water temps sooner than normal and that in itself stops the fish from moving further up. Our first tag found was near the A1 bridge, another near the Spalding bridge, two others from fish that returned to the lake the same year they were tagged. 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. The newer PIT tags are small capsules inserted under the skin near the dorsal fin so most people who don’t fillet their fish don’t find them until after they cook the trout. Don’t worry, they are harmless when cooked and actually may retain information so keep them and send them to local DFW, or bring them with you when you get back up, give them to Karen or myself and we’ll make sure they get to the right people. Getting the the trout back to the lake in the same year is going to require longer flows. And I have no doubt that will require another study. LoL. Personally, I think these fish just want to get upstream, spawn and come back in the same year. Anything that gets above 44 (rarely) would have to stay until the following season….and they might bring the minnows with them rather than head to uncharted waters 20 miles upstream from 44. The creek needs to flow cooler and longer to the lake. The minnows need water to survive long enough to make it to the estuary where there would be plenty of protection, food and cover if the lake was back to normal. The water that is slowed down to improve grazing warms up too fast. Of course the flows are dependent on what winter and spring brings. That’s a no brainer. If weather manipulation wasn’t occurring, would we have better snow pack in our watershed or at the lake? We’ll never know because the weather manipulator’s won’t be stopping anytime soon.
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 consensus: DFW lost support for many things as well as losing respect of many anglers. Most of us have lost all respect for DFW locally. 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. They just don’t do well. But, DFW doesn’t seem to care what you do and won’t compensate the yearly allotment to compensate for loses. At one time, with higher water levels, our yearly allotment of hatchery trout was 250,000. That was reduced to 180,000 sometime in the early 1990’s. Since the drought, our lowest number was 75,000 and catch rates dropped severely the last few years. In 2017 (our best water year since 2011) we regained a little at 120,000 but at 3 to a pound for the most part and in 2018 4 to 5 per pound. So we are still short on the trout population in this lake. Since it is based on biomass and tui chub population exploded (note that DFW has no clue as to how many chubs are in the lake when assessing “biomass” LoL) more trout might not be the answer. The answer may lie in the reduction of or culling of chubs.
Eagle Lake Fishing Report on “Best Fishing Locations and Depths”