Angler with catch from Eagle Lake
Angler-caught Eagle Lake rainbow trout
Fishing Conditions, November-December 2016:
Generally, fishing continues to be good through to the end of the season (December 31st). The number of boaters drops off substantially due to cold weather and many anglers have success from shore using all types of tackle: lure, flies, bait, etc. Fish can bite any time during the day, so anglers spend more time on the water and fish later in the day. This fall, fish quality continued to be better than that of the last few years.
Eagle Lake accommodates all types of anglers. Weather and time of year often dictate where the fish are located, how deep they are in the water column, and what gear is most effective.
- Popular any time of year and is especially good during the warmer summer months when fish spend more time in the deep waters of the south basin.
- Use heavy lures or downriggers to target deep-holding fish.
Float tubes or pontoon boats
- Popular in the fall when Eagle Lake rainbow trout spread out from the south basin and occupy all areas of the lake.
- Be aware of incoming weather and associated strong winds. Stay close to shore to avoid being blown out into the lake if using small watercraft.
- Use patterns that imitate tui chubs.
- Flies such as leeches, wooly buggers, snails, scuds, and small baitfish patterns are effective.
- Flashy body materials, coupled with marabou tails in rust, orange, brown, green, white, or combinations thereof are standard fare.
- Heavy bead heads or jig patterns are excellent as they provide an up and down swimming action when stripped or trolled.
Bait and fly fishing
- Fishing from shore in the fall and early winter months can be very effective.
- Tackle mentioned above is suggested when shore fishing.
- Target areas of structure, such as submerged rocks and tule beds.
Eagle Lake rainbow trout seem to aggregate in groups and, while a location can be “dead” for some period of time, an incoming group of feeding fish can change the scenario dramatically. Periods of inclement weather seem to increase angler success, so worse weather usually means better fishing. A stormy day and wading in just the right spot may lead to a catch of 20 fish or more.