View Full Version : Red Dog Days of Summer

08-19-2007, 04:28 PM
We arrived at Merrill Campground on Thursday afternoon and set up camp at one of the new sites with full hooks ups.


We then proceeded to go launch the boat in hopes of an afternoon fish. *However, as we stuck our nose around the corner of the rock wall from the marina, my fishing partners, Kastmaster and Chumline, didn't care for the howling wind and white caps.

The following morning we got on the water about 6:00 a.m. and had some early success.



The problem on this day was all the LDR's. *We boated 4 fish and kept 2 of them. *I've read every billboard from the marina to a couple of the campgrounds and saw nothing about mandatory catch and keep. *The water surface temperture was only 65 degrees so we didn't feel too bad about letting some of the 12" ers go. *Orange seemed to be the color of the trip and Sure Catch Red Dog was the most productive lure. *About 9:00 a.m., the bite shut completely off. *We fished a couple more hours without even a bump.

Towards the end of Friday, we ran into a couple other Sniffers, Duckhunterwaterguy and TCTrout. *


They had their entire families and all their belongings set up at Eagle campground and enjoyed cocktails and dinner with them. *They are planning on being there 2 weeks! *Let me stress again, they have a lot of stuff!

On Saturday, we both fished Wildcat. *The bite was much stronger and and no LDR's. *Fish were thick on the graph from top to bottom. *However, the fish from 15' to 40' seemed the most willing to cooperate. *The fish in the 15' to 20' even more so but they seemed a bit smaller than the fish in the 35' to 40' range.


We even caught quite a few chubs. *This one was about 2 lbs but we caught one monster about 4 lbs that made me think I had a giant Rainbow.


This was my first Summer trip to Eagle Lake and found it was very enjoyable compared to some cold opening weekends and late Fall trips. I would highly recommend trying it in the Summer if you haven't.

08-19-2007, 04:34 PM
Great report Dave! I love fishing Eagle in the summer except for when the lake lice invade.

08-19-2007, 06:15 PM
Since the bite seems to evaporate shortly after the sun hits the water, the lake lice didn't pose much of a problem.

08-19-2007, 06:19 PM
When I saw the title of this report I knew where it was from, that Red Dog sounds like it has worked all year. We did real well on that lure opening weekend. Good job on the fish it sounds like it has picked up from a few weeks ago. Thanks for the report. :)

08-19-2007, 06:56 PM
From talking to a few folks around there, it seems the water temps have started to drop pretty quickly. Very strange having 75 - 80 degree days and 37 degree nights.

08-19-2007, 08:32 PM
Looks like you caught some nice fish SD, they sure are gorgeous fish.....What was your best depth???
We were up there in July & it was 41 degrees a couple of mornings, but by 7am it was getting warm.
Leaving on Sunday for my annual Labor Day trip, this year is #27 in an unbroken string. 8-)

08-19-2007, 09:47 PM
Nice report, Dave. Sounds like you guys are having a lot of fun up there. Thanks for the great pics! Terrific looking fish.*;)

08-20-2007, 05:30 AM
Bob, 15' - 20' seemed to be the best depth for numbers but 37' was my depth for size. There are a ton and a half of planters right now. But planters or not, it still drives you crazy when the FF screen is black with arches and they bite. I was amazed how many fish were in the south basin.

08-20-2007, 06:29 AM
I was amazed how many fish were in the south basin.

I made the exact same comment in July, only then they weren't biting very well. :'(

08-20-2007, 07:08 AM
Is this the perfect picture or what?


08-20-2007, 08:00 AM
It doesnt get much better than that. 8-)

08-22-2007, 04:40 PM
Nice report Dave, sounds like a good time without me again :'( I hope to make it up there the first week of October and go to Pyramid from there for the fest. If all works well with the house and moving I just might pull it off :D Yes that picture is just perfect ;D ;D ;D I'd like it better if it was of me though :-/

08-22-2007, 07:58 PM
A perfect picture would have neither of you in it. ;) ;D

08-23-2007, 06:04 AM

Had a great trip this year and caught some nice size fish. It was nice meeting you, Cast-Master and Chumline. Maybe I will see you in October. Duck hunting starts in October. I will have to flip a coin, duck hunting or fishing? My haddle starts with duckhunt. Look forward to meeting up with you and the gang for somemore fishing. Take care.


Martinez Frank
08-23-2007, 09:32 PM
Great report and pics dave

08-24-2007, 10:11 AM
Nice Pic's I have not heard of a Red Dog it doe's not seam to be a big secret would you give a little help.

Der Fisher :

08-24-2007, 12:06 PM
der fisher,

Try surecatchlures.com Gordon the owner and his wife make all the lures themselves.

The red dog works well in any of the sierra lakes I fish. *It only drops about a ft at 100' back on a light line and catches like crazy. *The brown trout and rainbow lures work just as well along with the goldy locks. *It's just money right? *We always need more stuff!
I will be at Eagle for ten days last week of sept and first week of oct. *Mariners resort. 8-)


08-26-2007, 07:20 PM
Thanks for the help I have been trying to get there for some years know I will make it this year.

der Fisher