View Full Version : Eagle Lake and the fish spawn

Scott R
04-05-2009, 05:39 PM
So I took a trip up to Eagle Lake to experience the fish spawn in action. *Pine Creek, the major creek that feeds Eagle Lake, was flowing pretty well. *I've never seen water in Pine Creek before. *It's usually just a dry bed of rocks so it was very cool to see it flowing. *We went to the dam and egg collection station and watched volunteers sort fish that had swam up Pine Creek, avoiding all the pelicans and cormorants, over the shallow waterfalls, and swam into the fish trap. *The deep pools below the dam were just loaded with trout, very large trout, waiting to swim into the fish trap and donate their eggs. *Fish were constantly jumping at the falls at the dam trying to get upstream, but are unable. *Down inside the fish trap volunteers had 300 + elt waiting to be spawned. *Fish are sorted male and female, checked for hatchery brands, adipose fins are clipped, and then eggs are taken. *Fish are then usually trucked to the south end by DFG and released. *Eggs are then taken to hatcheries to grow. *This involves a lot of work to and most of the work is done by a group of very dedicated volunteers. *Many of the fish I saw were 20" and greater. *The largest fish I saw in my short time there was 5 lbs. 5oz and in full spawning colors. *Their were larger fish swimming in the creek that hadn't made it to the fish trap yet. *If launching is availble this year, fishing should be awesome. *The launch at Spalding looks about the way it did in November, maybe up 1 foot, but thats just a guess. *It *was very peaceful up there, a nice weekend get-away.
Some pictures:

04-05-2009, 05:43 PM
Great report. Thanks for sharing a very special process at Eagle. I can't wait to get up there this summer.

Trout Tracker
04-05-2009, 05:46 PM
That is just awsome.
Great pictures.

04-05-2009, 06:07 PM
Most of the people that fish Eagle Lake don't even Know the dedicated work that the locals do for this lake. Thanks for the report, and I hope that in a couple of years to get up there and see this and help out if possible. Thanks To All, that help with the fish rescues and the harvest.


04-05-2009, 06:18 PM
Great post and photos Scott. Thanks for sharing your trip.

04-05-2009, 06:21 PM
The family and I went up to Eagle Lake 2 years ago at this time of year to see the spawning action and it was awesome to say the least

04-05-2009, 06:43 PM
Great report & awesome pictures......Thank you very much for posting this.

04-05-2009, 06:49 PM
Very nice to see all that and thanks for the pics & the post.

04-05-2009, 07:19 PM
There are places up there to donate a few bucks and help out. It is great to see those great people helping out and preserve a great fishing lake. I feel the winter so far is not going to increase the depth of the lake for this year, but things can change. Great report and indoor shots.....Jetspray

04-06-2009, 09:59 AM
great pics! i cant wait for opening weekend, i have had my camp site paid for sence last year. sunday i went to the bait shop and bought a bunch of lures and dodgers and set them aside for eagle lake use only!

04-06-2009, 01:05 PM
Great report on the Eagle Lake Trout Spawning Program. If there were know volunteers for this program, there would be no fish in Eagle Lake. Thanks to all, every year who work very hard during the spawning season.


04-06-2009, 01:46 PM
Id like to thank all the volunteers as well. Its a great all around lake. :) :)

Scott R
04-06-2009, 02:28 PM
The volunteers do deserve a Big thank you. Alot of stuff happens behind the scenes during winter and spring at Eagle Lake from checking the seasonal creeks daily to see if they have started flowing, to installing weirs on these creeks to keep fish from traveling upstream and getting stranded. *The creeks will often flow one day and freeze up, or dry up the next day resulting in hundreds of fish stranded and eventually dying. *Weirs gets checked daily to check for debris that may block the flow of the creeks, which results in the creek going around the weir and fish can sneak by the weirs and get upstream. *This year I heard they lost less than 45 fish, and in the past dead fish would number in the thousands. *Project Eagle lake Trout has made it possible for DFG to purchase the weirs needed to eliminate these fish losses. *So from me and my son to all of the volunteers, *Thank you.

04-06-2009, 05:41 PM
scottr, i'll echo the other sentiments here, thanks for that report, fun to see those pictures, and thanks to the volunteers..

04-06-2009, 05:58 PM
Fantastic post and pics. Actually, some of the neatest pics I've seen on here in a while. Those ELT look just like steelhead in a fish ladder. I have fished upper Pine Creek above 44, and I can say I've never seen flows that look anything like that... amazing. Great report on a great fishery.

04-06-2009, 06:32 PM

Thanks for the report and pic's. Those are some nice eagle lake trout holding up there.