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TCtrout
08-02-2008, 08:38 AM
Great time fishing with family and friends.
Camped at Merrill from 7-20 to 7-31. Duckhuntwaterguy, and FisherII were also camping with their families. Fishing buddy came in on the Monday 28th *for a couple of day with his friend Randy.
FishingMatt was over at Christy along with all of their crew.

Fishing was good to fair most days. Some days Bobber fishing was red hot and the next day trolling was the ticket. Got limits most of the days just had to stay out and troll longer.
29' to 33' was the ticket for bobber fishing.
Trolling was 5' to 38' . Used all the normal hardware on them. I could not get them to bit on a grub, but the black flies worked most days.
My most productive needle fish was the #1 shad. It matched the size and color of the Chub minnows.
Now for the pics of the boys with a couple of their fish.

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Here is one of my wifes fish she would not hold it.
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Fisher II handing off some good worms to Fishingbuddy
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I even went for a dive one morning at the springs. Shrimp and leeches were all over the rocks at 30' to 40', and the minnows were 5' down to 15'.
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Smoke was bad a couple of days.
As far as water level it is low. You can still launch a big boat but I would stay to the middle or left dock. It is shallow right past the end of docks
Any Eagle Lake trips is great but even better with family and friends. :D :D :D
TCtrout

vvbob
08-02-2008, 09:20 AM
Great report & awesome pics TC.
Your boys look might happy holding those beauties.....Nothing better than fishing with your family. Hopefully Sydney James will be able to make Eagle next month.
How was the visibility at 40' on your dive???

troutfan
08-02-2008, 09:23 AM
Great report! Thanks for sharing.

TCtrout
08-02-2008, 10:37 AM
VB
Vis. Surface to 30' was 10' to 15'.
30' to 45' dropped to 5' max.

I also took water temps. around differt parts of the lake.
Springs 0 to 25' average 71 to 68
25' to 30' dropped to 66
30 to 40' dropped to 60
below 40' 58 to 60

Wild cat 0 to 30 averaged 71 to 68
30 to 40 averaged 67 to 69
40 to 50 dropped to 61

Shrimp was about the same as wildcat

TCtrout

cuhogn
08-02-2008, 12:49 PM
Great report and nice talking with you in the am 1 morning on the lake. TC pretty much gave the lake details in his report.

My dad and I fished 3 days, trolling up near Miners Bay and over at Shrimp. Best depth for us was 27 to 31' OTW at 1.5. Orange needle fish and amber grubs worked for us. Ended up keeping 6 nice fish for our efforts with a couple of 12-14" chunks released to get a little longer (they were fat guys). Fish fought like champs. Good seeing you Fishbuddy hope you guys got into them after we left.

Sunrise
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Dad with a couple of the fish
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A look at the lake from the Fox lookout.
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The Butterfly's
There was a major hatch going on the ranger said they started on 7-19 and were still going strong when we left on the 30th. Rigs coming down Hwy 44 and road into the lake had grills plugged and not sure how they could see out the windshields. They are Calif. Tortoise shell, in the 1 picture you can see them all hanging in the Huckleberry Oak after the caterpillars removed the leaves before the hatch.
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Here are a couple pictures of the ramp and Marnia, the areas in red are areas to really watch although the whole area is shallow with unmarked hazards. Every buoy is marking a rock and not all rocks are marked. Launching was not an issue but there is a shallow area just past the docks so the motor needs to be trimmed way up.

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Lake Almanor on the way home
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TCtrout
08-02-2008, 01:12 PM
cuhogan
Good to talk to you also. Great pics and info on the butterflys.
How deep were you trolling your grubs? As I stated in my report, had no luck with them and normally do good with grubs.
TCtrout

fishing_buddy
08-02-2008, 01:27 PM
Thanks for the help tc trout and cuhogn also fisher II, Went home with seven biggest 22 incher bobber with worm and shrimp scent,and orange needle fish also rainbow runner in red with silver sparkle in the middle at 31ft down on the wire in the evening ;D P.S. Ted Thanks for trip to the Ice Caves friend Randy had a great time Exploring them

cuhogn
08-02-2008, 03:03 PM
TC
Red dog,Red dog ;)

Running the same depth as the needle fish 27 to 31'. They seemed be only be effective until around 6:45 each morning and most came on the inside rod on the turn or if I dropped the speed down to around 1.2.

John glad to hear the the 'evening" bite worked out for you guys :)

Jetspray
08-02-2008, 09:13 PM
Sitting here seeing good reports and excellent pic's of lake and fish. We're headed up on the 4th to give it a try too. Thanks for all the info too fellas.....Jetspray

GrandpaKeys
08-03-2008, 07:28 AM
Great detailed information and pix. All will help with an upcoming trip. Hope my grandson and I are as lucky. Will post when we return.

troutfan
08-03-2008, 10:09 AM
Thanks for that schematic of the marina Cuhogn with all the spots that have those darn prop eaters. I was there a couple of weeks ago and your description of the hazards is right on the money. I got to see them up close and personal. As you stated if you launch on the dock to the left and keep the lower unit up you will have no problem. I BBQ'd a couple of fillets from those ELT we caught and they are still some of the best tasting trout I have ever had. Thanks again for all the great pictorial information. :)

SuperDave
08-03-2008, 11:09 AM
Mark and Ted, sorry we missed hooking up with you guys this trip. A peak at the FG thread on the Koke board will show you what we were busy doing. Hope we can make it up tp Eagle in October before Pyramidfest.

YakMotor
08-03-2008, 12:59 PM
GREAT reports, photos and launch and hazard heads-up!

Ron G
08-03-2008, 04:12 PM
We camped at Merrill as well. Ended up with our biggest fish last night, just over 4lbs. We managed fish everyday but it was not red hot. The best and most fish came on a "Kens Custom Tackle" green and black glow spoon. In the evening we had the best topline action with a small jointed Rapala in gold\green perch. I lost that lure on a big fish friday evening. It was our first time at Eagle and I will surely be back soon. Those are the best tasting trout I have ever tasted.
TC, I may have ran into a friend of your at the ramp, we were talking about boats. I did'nt know there were any Sniffers at Eagle last week or I would have given a shout out.
Thursday was our best day, limit by 10:00am
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Everything hit that green spoon
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Sunset at Wildcat
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froggie
08-03-2008, 07:54 PM
WOW, nice fish & the kids grins are sure worth a lot!! We have to get to Eagle Lake soon.
Froggie [smiley=cheerleader.gif]

TCtrout
08-03-2008, 08:14 PM
RonG
I believe it was FisherII (Steve) that you talked too. He told me he had talk to someone who was having good luck with spoons.
Glad to hear of your success with the spoons.

Good looking trout and good sized Chub. A chub that size puts up a good fight ha!! :) :)

TCtrout

duckhuntwater-guy
08-05-2008, 07:08 AM
Tc,

Great pic's of you and the family catching those Eagle Lake hogs. We had a great trip with your family.

You and I need to go up this fall for some 5 to 6lbers. :D
Take care.

DHWG