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 ROAD CONDITIONS
1-4-24
NOW IS THE TIME OF YEAR TO SAY, JUST BECAUSE YOU HAVE 4-WHEEL DRIVE, DOESN’T ALWAYS MEAN YOU CAN DRIVE 55.
 
Gallatin Road to the marina: Watch for the flagging of the massive bumps in the road.  Slow down.  Hit these too fast and boats/trailers go air-born & beat the heck out of your boat and equipment. Snow and icy conditions can also give you a good toss.  Just go slow over them or prepare to fly. 
 
USFS Road 21 to highway 44: Becomes a snow mobile route when there’s enough snow.  It has been passible, but I don’t advise it. 
 
Wildcat Road(s):   Passable. Suggest high clearance and 4×4. Storms can inundate the low spots and a few flats with mud.  Just be careful. Storm coming in next week, colder temps should help firm it up some, but it’s been a bit soft for trucks. 
  
A-1 Eagle Lake Road (south) from 36:   There’s some nasty conditions on A1 for towing.  Icy down the grade and recent storms keeping things a bit icy.  We have warmed up here and there and mostly it has been shady spots and northern exposures that present most of the problems.  As temperatures drop, and more storms pass thru, we can see things deteriorate quickly on this road in. Yes, there have been several vehicles sliding off the road the last few weeks.  So be very careful.
 
The Road itself: From Spalding, we call this Thumper Road.  A1 continues to be a poor condition, especially for towing.  The worst is from 21 to the recreation area (all the way to 36 is hard on towing). The 5-6″ deep 2-3″ wide expansion cracks nearly every 10ft-20ft of travel can loosen nuts and bolts on trailers (bunks are very susceptible), check your trailer for vibration cracks in metal parts…quite a few of us have had to weld our trailers from stress fractures & just pray for another day…every day.  Outboards….best to have a transom saver to keep your motor weight off the transom and on the trailer for the bumps….this road is a killer for that.  I’ve watched the towed boats in front of me bouncing & a few of the bumps cause an outboard or lower unit to jump up and fall back down…tie em down folks….it’s very hard on a transom…no bungees, use ratchet straps.  Believe me, you will still be thumping long after traveling from Spalding to the south end and back with a boat in tow….every expansion crack and bump in the road times 3 or 4 tires…track hum from 2018 Whaleback Fire equipment remains in some places….would be a relief if it wasn’t included in the thumps and bumps. We did get some new lines painted…well, they aren’t actually straight lines and can make your eyes wobble in the sockets, but hey, that’s how Lassen County works.  Here’s your painted wobble road line. Lots of fun.  Thank you Lassen County Road Department….for doing absolutely nothing.  All summer of NOT filling the holes in the pavement of the bridges or repairing broken pavement on the shoulders until mid Dec when our high temp reached 35F LoL).  Even when we get something, it’s not done well at all.   Great job boys!! That plow will take out those black gravel patches patted down with a shovel on the first good snowfall.  Glad we’re paying y’all that gas tax we haven’t received anything for in decades!! Note: Lassen County doesn’t care about Eagle Lake….they just want your tourist dollars and give you nothing in return.  In a nutshell.  2028 might see new pavement…but not holding our breath. Won’t be soon enough & once again, Lassen County FAIL. (fall all in line).  After 13 years of towing my boat from Spalding, 7 boat trailer fractures, main cross beam destroyed, horizontal fractures in main box metal, I have ordered a new custom boat trailer and have my boat on it now.  Countless alignments in vehicles…like every couple months.  I do not tow fast over this road, I stop at the bumps & roll over them & it’s the only place my boat goes.  If you tow all the time from Spalding, it’s a good idea to run some inspections under your trailer and check for broken welds and loose bolts.  Mine was basically split in half and was an accident waiting to happen….in the middle of the wobbly line road.  LoL But I do have an old trailer, worthy of repair, new tires, new bunks, just needs a welder and measured to set.  I can’t do that myself so I bought a new trailer so my baby has a spot to rest.  The guys that built my trailer did a great job for measurements, angles and photos so if you’re looking for a trailer, let me know.
 
A-1 Eagle Lake Road north:   OPEN FROM 36 TO 139 & in a lot better shape than the other way!! 
 
Highway 139: Good shape to Sville. Note that this road can get icy and accidents happen all the time in winter.  Main cause is going to fast for the conditions, black ice (that’s always fun) and very little cinders even from CalTrans.  Passing storms can slow things down and rightly so.
 
Highway 32: Check CA DOT Road conditions   Check CalTrans site for conditions and construction.
 
 
Highway 44:   See Road Cameras and check conditions.  36/44 camera, 44 at Bogard, Old Station/Lassen Park  construction.  Storms and accidents can close this road in a heartbeat.  Things get cleared or cleaned up.  Be sure to have a winter or travel kit in your car or truck. Kinda always good to have in a pinch!
 
Highway 70: See Cal Trans for info. intermittent openings and closures….  Check Cal Trans.  Always check for this one before traveling as it can close at any time.
 
Highway 395:  See Road cams and check conditions .  There’s been several bad accidents on 395 and storms or winds can change things fast!  Slow down.  Be careful out there!  WATCH FOR DEER, ELK AND ANTELOPE ALWAYS. HEAVY WINDS CAN CAUSE DELAYS FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES ANY TIME OF THE YEAR.  Those that don’t head the warning, often end up turned over wrecking or hitting someone else.  Possibly cited if high profile, towing or other was prohibited or not advised. CHECK WIND FORECASTS ON THE NOAA LINK ABOVE WHEN COMING FROM RENO or LEAVING SUSANVILLE AND DRIVING A HIGH PROFILE VEHICLE.  ALSO CHECK CHP SUSANVILLE FACEBOOK PAGE.   Slow down. CalTrans sign at 36/395 junction in Susanville as well as one in Reno show wind advisories as well as if construction is going on.  Blowing sand drifts (zero visibility and some 100ft long) can also become a hazard in high winds any time of the year.  If you can, pull over and stop to let the sand/DG pass…they can be 100-200ft wide with zero visibility. Remember that deer are prevalent in the Honey Lake Valley all year long.  Antelope are moving now as well.  The “Locals” name for 395 to Reno is “BLOOD ALLEY”.  Drive it often enough and you’ll understand what we mean.  Not always animals either, this section of road is also know for some very bad auto accidents, almost daily.  Janesville Rd Cam. Doyle Rd Cam  Check Nevada DOT  Really nice traffic cams for Reno. Zoom into live map and more cameras show up. 
 
Check the road cameras and conditions at the links above.
 
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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.  Eagle Lake Guardians are the only nonprofit whose funding goes directly to helping restore Pine Creek and Eagle Lake and/or getting the job done to help the lake.  Also, the only nonprofit going into battle to get it done.  There is one problem that has to be solved before ANY successful restoration can be completed.  THAT’s what Guardians are currently working on.

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Spalding Volunteer Fire Department donation link 
I challenge all property owners and regular visitors to match or donate what they can.  Remember, if you, your family or friends have an emergency up here, chances are that Spalding Volunteer Fire Department will be responding.  Any amount will help. We have a great crew and our small fire department needs our support!! I can’t stress how important our Volunteer Fire Department is and having the necessary equipment only helps EVERYONE. They play a critical roll here for EVERYONE’S safety, residents and tourists included.  They will be the first to respond to any emergency.
 

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1-4-24  It’s been a beautiful week with either brilliant sunrises or frozen fog that doesn’t lift till after lunch!  High temps basically in the high 30’s to low 40’s.  Low temps at the house have been mostly in the 20’s until Thursday we dropped just below.  We do have some weather expected to come in so be prepared.  Accumulation of snow is minimal and in inches, but it’s always iffy up here.  Winds cause drifts too that can far exceed the actual amount of snowfall.  We either get nothing or we get pounded.  We need to get pounded with wet weather.  I’ll take it in rainfall anytime!  It’s an immediate benefit to the lake and groundwater. We do need more snow on Lassen and hopefully the next series of storms will provide. 

Sorry folks, I have had to take some time off after 20years, I’ll be back and forth over winter months. Stay tuned as we have a wonderful update (when I can get it in official form) for Pine Creek Restoration projects and a $1.8Million grant from DFW.  Work and further studies (of the lake which has been lacking) are also in the works.  More on that when I get something I can publish.

So if you are planning winter trips, just know that cabins need to be winterized before too long although some folks are trying to keep some available.  There’s two new facebook pages for Eagle Lake Community and Eagle Lake Real-estate and rentals that are just getting started and I totally support those doing this for the public.  
 
CABIN RENTALS Eagle Lake RV park store is open on reduced hours and only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10-3.  Folks keeping housekeeping cabins open: John Hembree: 209 768-5581, Kenworthy’s have 2 large homes for rent 209 470-2350 or 209 810-3024; Also check the Eagle Lake Community AND Eagle Lake Real-estate and rental page on Facebook.  These are new pages, together Eagle Lakers are getting things in place for things to be in one of three pages.  It’s just taking off, I know the folks running those pages and it’s a wonderful thing for properties.  New number for Bob Williams cabins 530 919-3995. 
 
I use my home weather stations.  I don’t claim to be official by any means….just what I record at the house.  I don’t measure the snowfall every hour, I measure it as soon as it stops for a while. 
 
I use several weather apps but still post the NOAA report below until I find one better, probably Ventusky is the most reliable and real time and it shows the wind currents and mostly in real time.  I use the Grasshopper Valley station forecast.  It is more accurate for our winds and temperatures than Susanville data.  Just be sure you have other apps….Dark Sky has become the iphone weather app now.  Not quite as good as it was when independent but still better than most. Ventusky (great app for either type of device) and are my most accurate weather data apps for real time. Ventusky shows wind currents, speeds, barometer, temps and everything else, just click on what you want the map to show you.  Use it all the time in winter when planning a fishing trip to another lake after this one closes for the season.  It’s been pretty close to right on.  This year, the weather reports have been kinda way off for us.  I also use NOAA from Grasshopper Valley station.  It is closer to what we normally see.  Most weather apps have Susanville model weather data for Eagle Lake and being that we are 900-1000ft higher in elevation it is really irrelevant to us.

See lake elevations here.

Check your weather apps or click the NOAA link.  Grass Hopper Valley is by far our most accurate weather/wind/temp report.

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2023: Pine Creek began on 4-10 ended in late June for about 10 weeks of flow.  4-29: we had one of our main sucker fish spawn display along the shoreline off the jetty and low water ramp….that was really cool to see!  We’re greening up, critters are moving about…everything from bears to mountain lions.  Everybody eats!  Lake elevation on 5-11 was unofficially 5094.24ft from 5093.62ft on 5-1 +or- a tad.  Spalding ramp markers are within 1/2” of the south end which is totally acceptable for checking. However, if measuring it yourself, the specific spot is right between the screws.

2022:  Well, it started out to be a good winter, then pretty much just stopped.  The lake remains over a foot lower than last year at the same time.  Tui chub are once again, showing their masses. 

2019/2020 didn’t change much regarding the chub population and summer catching.  Hogs and tons of stage two tui chubs from subsequent years.  A good hatch appears to be coming again in 2020 however with more marsh grass and tule habitat the young of the year stayed in the cover for most of the year.  We didn’t see high enough surface/shoreline temps to drive them out to the depths in some locations whereas in other locations they did.  Chubs in 2019/2020 were caught earlier in the season and very prolifically being caught this summer of 2021.  It’s very noticeable scoping the lake….one doesn’t run out of chubs on the screen.  LoL. 
 
We are still at a critical point when it comes to the native spawn. But we’re glad to see DFW making meager changes to their private plan vs the public plan.  Trout Unlimited lighting the match again post covid.  Eagle Lake Guardians donated $15,000 for study and planning Restoration of McCoy flat. 
 
The electro-shocking for removal of the brook trout in upper Pine Creek has only curtailed numbers briefly and was stopped, I believe it will need to be chemically treated which will take out all the fish and probably most of the food supply temporarily.  I am certain that if this process is done, there will be public meetings for input (rolling my eyes), a half dozen EIR type reports/analysis (years worth) and if it is done it most likely will not be done while water is still flowing into the lake….but it does flow underground. Eagle Lake Guardians are in the process of insuring the wells are tested and minimally monitored. This lake is not like Davis where the tributaries continue to flow but the ground water does, but it does go subsurface.  Ours stop surface flow for many months, although the ground water would still be of a concern since all our drinking water is from wells, including the water district in Spalding which is the most tested water supply at Eagle Lake.  We’ll see if DFW holds public comment on the chemical treatment when it comes.  And I will insure that new tests will include any other contaminants.
 
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.  I believe I got my point across so far but we are constantly keeping an eye on things.  Words matter in draft plans, tell me the restoration is for enhanced grazing & I will jump right down your throat!  It’s not about the cows, it’s got to be about the fish, lake and water quality and we are the only ones doing that.  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? We will post all communications on Facebook.  Will Turner has been instrumental in assisting us as our consultant and resident ass kicker.  LoL.

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 it was 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.  The system worked until grazing came in force in the mid 1800’s.  Perhaps 170 years of that is the problem and not the solution.  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.  

By not listing the trout, we have less red tape to get and keep projects moving forward.  Where it began is about the fish, it’s ending in grazing.  Funding requests so far denied but we’ll know if other funding has been authorized pretty soon.  Maybe it’s the plan that needs changed for funding to be secured? So something has to change.  We may see a true native spawn decades from now, but without a lake, what’s the point?  Supposedly, the “restoration” for the native spawn has been going on since 1986 & all they did was mess it up worse than it was.  LoL.  The big impounds for grazing water were installed and finished up in 2005.  Where the lake has gone from that point….is down.  As long as this lake is below 5100ft elevation, the trout in the lake are threatened.  Every report shows that, & every agency knows that, but has done nothing.  It wasn’t all from the drought.  Mother Nature will respond once the attitude of the water diverter’s change. The lake had been robbed for decades and as water levels dropped, the robbing didn’t stop.  We aim to keep the changes coming, regardless….even if we have to take legal action to get it.  We would prefer to have the water board use their power, DFW to get out of the pockets of the ranchers, CRMP to actually see what they have done to the lake (having not spent one day on the water).
 
Too bad people can’t catch what they used to, if they could they would be here in spite of only one ramp to serve this lake.  DFW really screwed this lake up by severely reducing the trout population, increasing the tui chub population and not conducting water quality testing regularly.  Many thinking it’s a waste of time and money to come up, fish for 38 hours with 5 rods in the water and be lucky to catch one! Campgrounds with lots of empty spaces, store struggling, no food & Stones Landing restaurant, bar and store still closed.  Cyanobacteria not being checked for the entire lake.  LNF not checking anything for public health, the county not checking, Lahontan ….well, we’re insuring that Lahontan gets on board.  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.   A 3 to 4+ pounder hasn’t been uncommon in fall/winter for the drought years either. We have photos online to prove that point.  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 great quality fish than to spend a weekend or two weeks than catch 1 or none.  I think this  lake has some serious problems. I know there are a lot of unhappy anglers.  We had to learn from last years nasty conditions.  Trout stay in warmer water if there isn’t an ample supply of dissolved oxygen where it is cooler, perish when released when surface temps and water temps where they reside are over 70F or released over deep water once they expel their air bladder.  If they sink to the bottom, they can’t recover their oxygen. It was never about the food supply, the food supply has over taken the lake. 
 
Blue green algae a new normal for Eagle Lake fishes.  We have always had a little of it, but the last few years it has been extreme for us.  Cyanobateria was present in 2018 but had only been checked due to our filing complaints with EPA.  We did complain about the north basins as well, but only the south basin had a caution warning posted.  This was due to failure on Lahontan, Lassen County as well as LNF and BLM.  We aim to fix that.  We do have admission that Eagle Lake has been neglected.  So we’re helping fix that neglect, publicly exposing the neglect and emails is coming.  We really need this lake back to normal levels before we see her clear up significantly.  After 55 + years of great fishing and lots of big fish, we have found other lakes with better catch rates and big fish.  This year we caught plenty of 5 to 7 lb rainbows elsewhere.  Countless other people have contacted me regarding camping here but fishing other lakes.  Why not, I am & I live here!! But I do have to keep some secrets!!   I’m just glad I had so many years of Eagle Lake before she ended up in the condition she is in now and Mother Nature isn’t the only culprit.

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.  Personally, I believe it hasn’t been posted just so the numbers of trout are being reduced.  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. If Oregon can do it, what the hell is wrong with CA DFW?  LoL.  Pockets.

Without the lake at prime elevations (5106ft is considered full, 5100 is considered the lowest for the health of the fish as per all the studies), our watershed and our special trout are put back together, we have nothing. We need to get Stones Landing ramp back online (only water will help) so we can once again see Mariners Resort open up for business again.  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 transferred 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 since I lived here year round.  It does have something to do with it but 86 impounds and water diversions on our main spawning and feeder creek has had devastating affects all for just one or two ranchers at most for cattle. Headway is slowing being made. Sound familiar IE National Geographic Water and Power series, Monterey Agreement, Agenda 21 and privatizing public resources 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, Monterey Agreement and sending every drop of water out.  This has potentially 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 or good 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.  AND THAT is never a part of the climate discussion.  Eagle Lake isn’t saved yet.  Eagle Lake Guardians are still working on issues and another plan that if we disclose it, the pool will be tainted so we’ll leave it at that.

But, slowly, the impounds are going, wells were coming but no longer appear to be being considered.  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.  We have gained a few back, but in the current funding requests 15 others may go too.  The critical part is getting the fish and minnows back to the lake before the creek dries up and water temperatures spike. Pine Creek has to flow, flush and keep flowing.  Fish need water to spawn.  If there is no after several more years and restoration projects don’t get funded, then the trout are basically screwed.  31 years of “restoration” by CRMP to restore a native spawn and not much to show for it but intensive grazing.  And they wonder why no one up here respects CRMP.  LoL. We’ll see what they say when the new 2019 CA grazing plan is signed. LoL. Looks like the USFS might have a little work to do before grazing can move, so we’ll see how fast they move on that for a few thousand bucks. 
 
Also as a note, CRMP leaders haven’t even been on Eagle Lake or ever fished it.  Also, worked out of the Honey Lake Irrigation District….which is about more water for other uses.  Unbelievable?  No that’s just something normal for Eagle Lake.  Professional screw ups that don’t see the repercussions of there actions.  As a note; I will not talk to DFW without recording every conversation now.  Over the decades, CRMP has caused more of our problems than they have ever fixed, this is why people showed up at their meeting and were disgusted with their runaround BS.  CRMP has very little support locally, known only for cattle grazing over fish habitat.  Now CRMP is patting themselves on the back for restoration? 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.   More to come on that issue but American Rivers appears to be the lead, TU second.  LoL.  Some one has to do this job folks, it isn’t pretty but it has to be done.  We are thankful that we have a lot of support from the anglers and visitors.  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, others are not.  And of upmost concern is enforcement of the signed conservation plan that federal and state agencies have appeared to be violating and not telling anyone.  Yes, folks, we are watching every move whether we say it or not. We are the ones taking these issues on.  Personally and as a group.
 
 
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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.  There are also some very good topo map apps that work when out of cell signal.  One is free (maps not as detailed as the pay for version which is older maps with greater detail).
 
(popular drive to see wildlife; County Road 105 & ends at USFS 21)
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.
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