Well that is a wrap on the Fall 2021 Eagle Lake season. Thank you to everyone that came on board and did battle with world famous Eagle Lake Rainbows. This years fall season featured mostly mild weather with only a couple of stormy days, lots of flat glass water, foggy mornings along with some beautiful afternoons. For us, all of the action took place in the south basin of the lake with many days spent on the south end of the lake in areas like Pikes, McDonalds, Christie and Wildcat. At various times there we also good bites around Shrimp, Youth Camp and the last fish of the season were landed in and around Eagles Nest. The shore based fly fishing was really up and down this year, some of the trips were fantastic, while others had us working for grabs as the fish would push offshore just out of reach of our casts. This year it was my pleasure to assist a number of people in checking the Eagle Lake Rainbow off their list for both the California Heritage Trout Challenge as well as the Western States Native Trout Challenge, both very cool programs. The lower lake level didn't pose a problem for launching and retrieving the boat, while most boats, mine included, did have to drop off the concrete ramp, Scott did a great job of placing ballast rock at the edge to ease the transition from ramp to lakebed. The fish were looking good and healthy, which is no surprise, considering the amount of available food in the lake. Most of the catches were gorging heavily on shrimp, daphnia, and snails. I did see some leaches but probably slightly less than in years past. It is always tough to shut down the Eagle Lake Fish Camp while the bite is still happening but it was nice to get the boat and trailer back over the hill on road conditions that were still pretty good. Going forward there was a change in the fishing regulations this year the extends the Eagle Lake fishing season until the last day of February instead of its usual December 31 closure date. Not sure how or why the change was made, but if you are willing to brave the conditions in January and February you could now fish it. My understanding is the dock will be pulled around its regular time of early December and that A-1 road will close as usual. That said, I will be focusing my efforts back over on Lake Almanor taking advantage of the good weather and the fantastic winter bite. So to Eagle Lake, is bye for now see you next Fall. Did you miss out on the fall action at Eagle Lake this year? It is never to early to start planning your trip for October and November of 2022. Contact us today and reserve your dates.
Capt. Bryan Roccucci
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