Eagle Lake opener offers quality limits
There are certain holidays that are associated with the opening of different fisheries. For many, Memorial Day weekend marks the opener for Eagle Lake near Susanville.Eagle Lake is the premier trout fishing lake in Northern California. The only other trout lake that sees as many anglers is Crowley Lake near Bishop, and I consider it in Central California.This years Eagle Lake opener provided excellent angling. Limits were common for those who got out early. The weather was overcast with showers all the three days, which is actually perfect conditions. Saturday afternoon the wind picked up and blew most boats off the water. A week prior, the afternoons reached into the 80s under clear skies.The fish at the north end were in 5 to 6 feet of water. Good numbers of fish were taken in front of the airport at Spaulding. Most anglers caught their trout trolling, but with the fish in shallows, shore-based anglers caught fish as well as those fishing from float tubes. Glenn Fair, an Eagle Lake resident, used his boat for transport. He beached his boat to fish while wading from the bank because many fish were tight to the shore.At the south end of the lake, Doug Wilmes, a Susanville local, trolled just outside the buoy line, near the marina, three consecutive mornings for limits. He fished rust-colored tube flies at depths between 15 and 18 feet. When he cleaned his fish he found that they had been feeding on small shrimp that had a brown/pink hue to them.The typical fish caught this past weekend measured 18 to 22 inches, weighing in at 2.5 to 4 pounds. This is the best opening weekend in recent memory. Anglers are looking forward to a good year at Eagle Lake. The shallow north end of the lake will warm rapidly once the weather turns summer-like. If you want to fish while the trout are shallow, get up to Eagle Lake in the near future.Davis Lake near Portola did not fish well over the weekend. The rain and wind kept most boats off the lake, for the most part. Those who did venture out did not do well. Sara at the Grizzly Store reported the only anglers doing well fished at Catfish Cove near the dam to get out of the wind and waves. They fished fly rods using Copper Johns in red, hung below strike indicators and had good action.Fuller Lake has been fishing well for the past few weeks. A couple weeks ago the DFandamp;G planted brown trout averaging 12 inches in the lake. Then last week they planted again, with rainbows this time. The water temps are in the low 50s.Tony Dumont from the Nevada City Angler reports good hatches of caddis and little yellow stones with fish rising to them on many stretches of the Lower Yuba River. Drop in to see Tony for more specifics on flies and specific locations.The Henness Pass Road to Jackson Meadows Reservoir is open, although I have no reports from the lake.Denis Peirce writes a weekly fishing column for The Union, the Suns sister paper in Grass Valley. He may be reached at email@example.com.
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