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FatCat
10-16-2007, 07:56 PM
My buddy and I headed up to Eagle Lake this weekend and what a trip! It was my friend's first time fishing Eagle and my first fall trip. I have been fishing there the last couple summers and have always had a blast. We went with my usual guide, Tom Muller of Eagle Lake charters. Tom knows this lake very well (he lives there) and really knows how to get those ELTs.

We arrived Saturday afternoon and made a quick trip out on the boat for a couple of hours in the evening to survey the killing field. Tom had taken Alan Bonslett out earlier that day and he said they caught a 4 pounder so I was ready to catch a fatty. We had a bite and one LDR but I kept setting the hook too early for these tricky fish. The water was too flat for a decent bite that evening:

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We went back to the cabin and started in on our case of 8 Ball Stout. Sunday morning was COLD but the bite was decent. We missed a lot of bites but still came back with 3 fish. The water was still too flat and the sky too clear for a really hot bite. We could have had limits, though, it is just so hard to resist that reflex of setting the hook! We were primarily fishing close to the tules by the airport.

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After quaffing numerous beers my buddy and I decided to throw some horseshoes before the Raider game. I started up a conversation with the fisherman in the adjacent cabin and to my surprise it turned out to be FishnDave! I convinced him to join us Monday morning. The rest of the day is a bit of blur due to excessive fermented beverage consumption...

Monday morning was bit warmer thanks to cloud cover and there was also a nice amount of chop to deflect the sun.

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I had four bites and two fish landed before sunup. One of those fish was a personal best for me, a 4.6# ELT! It was quite the battle.

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Soon enough, Dave and my friend started getting bit and it was non-stop action from there on out. There were a couple SDRs but it didn7t matter. Every fish was quality. Our stringer of 7 fish (could have had one more but we had had our fill) weighed over 20 lbs!!!

I can't wait to hit Eagle again next year. Tom is the man. Dave, it was great fishin' with you, thanks for coming along. Be sure to report how you guys did today, okay?

Dave with our 20+# stringer:

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Oh, we had most of our hits on worms but also had a couple hits on black or brown flies and amber grubs. Worms were the way to go, though. The fish are feeding on big leeches.

sarl00
10-16-2007, 08:01 PM
wow! those are some big trout, congrats

Martinez Frank
10-16-2007, 08:27 PM
Thanks for the report, seems like the bite is picking up from a couple weeks ago, love that place ;)

fishon18
10-16-2007, 09:14 PM
I need to fish that lake sometime. Great post and pics..

Scott

FatCat
10-17-2007, 05:48 PM
Thank you! It really was a blast. Where you at, Dave?

jwirch
10-17-2007, 06:20 PM
FatCat, Nice job on those ELT, looks like a blast! Hope you left some fish in the lake for us, we'll be up there next month LOL ;D. Nice pics, thanks for the post, it was an enjoyment to read. ROD TIP UP

Mickey_Thomas
10-17-2007, 06:39 PM
Good report, great pic's and a nice stringer of ELT. Doesn't get any better than that. Well done :D

troutseeker
10-17-2007, 06:55 PM
SWEEEEEEEEEEEET fish guy way ta go at Eagle...I may be there saturday thru wednesday....

FishnDave
10-22-2007, 11:36 AM
Hey FatCat, *it was great to meet and fish with you and Tim. *As you know i fished with Tom(Eagle Lake Charters) and his *friend Mike on tuesday morning and we boated 4 nice fish in the 3# range. *We trolled worms same as monday. * The fished did hit alot harder than monday and we still had several LDR. *Tom is a great guy and i plan on fishing with him again next summer. *Sorry for the late response but i got home tuesday night and left wednesday morning for Oregon. *This is the first opportunity i have had to post. *Soon as i figure out how to post pictures i'll attach some. *Once again nice meeting you and Tim and hope to fish with you guys in the future. *

FishDave * * * * * * *

leadcore
10-22-2007, 11:47 AM
I am just a rookie so help me out. What is an LDR?

Old_School
10-22-2007, 11:54 AM
LDR - long distance release
SDR - short distance release

KISSAFISH50
10-22-2007, 12:11 PM
Great job FC and nice pics, I only got 7 days the 1st of the month up there, but it seems that the fishing has picked up. we came home with limits but really had to work for them. Maybe can swing another day or two this year. I just love that place, even when it's slow.

ITUKAWAL
10-22-2007, 01:30 PM
Thanks FC,

Always like to see a successful Eagle Lake trip.

Love that lake.

ITIT