Eagle Lake opening weekend of fishing shows outdoor enthusiasts a great time
Despite low lake levels, boats are still able to launch at Eagle Lake. Forest Service personnel were at the lake over Memorial Day weekend to help boaters launch in the deep water and Eagle Lake staff used an electric car to drive people between the parking lot and boat launch area. Photo submitted
June 4 — For the first time in three years, Eagle Lake has not seen snow on Memorial Day weekend and campers, anglers and boaters took full advantage of the spring-like weather. Eagle Lake opened its fishing season Saturday, May 28, much to the delight of local and traveling fishermen. Despite the lake level being substantially low, boats were still able to launch from the ramp at Eagle Lake’s marina, allowing them the opportunity to reel in fish and enjoy sunny days on the water.
According to Scott McCullough, manager at the Eagle Lake campgrounds, the campgrounds were mostly full all weekend. Reservation campgrounds were 90 percent full before the start of the weekend and still saw walk-ins.
A weather system appeared to be moving in later in the weekend, making conditions windy, but that didn’t stop boats from launching or fish from being caught. People were catching fish on the lake all weekend, regardless of what fishing method they chose to use. “Fish are all over in the water,” McCullough said.
Forest Service personnel were at Eagle Lake all weekend helping people find parking and assisting with boating launches, as well as helping boaters coming back in to the marina. “They stayed most of the day, until the parking lot was almost empty,” McCullough said. “They did a great job out here helping us help the fishermen.”
The marina also used an electric car to shuttle boaters to their cars from the boat ramp. Since the parking lots were so full, McCullough said they didn’t want people to have to walk so far after launching a boat.
Due to the low water level, boaters could not use the marina’s slips. However, according to McCullough, the majority of campers just tied up their boats to the shore.
Overall, opening weekend was a huge success. The Eagle Lake Recreation Area is looking forward to seeing and serving campers, boaters and fishermen until the season ends.
The Eagle Lake Recreation Area is managed by the Lassen College Foundation under a special use permit from the U.S. Forest Service, Lassen National Forest.
For more information on Eagle Lake, visit eaglelakerecreationarea.com.