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Winter weather at Eagle Lake, but fishing hot and heavy!

BY BILLY DRIESSEN/WON Staff WriterPublished: Nov 30, 2018

SUSANVILLE — Frigid weather has arrived at Eagle Lake and with it the first light dusting of snow, but despite the cold winter temperatures the fishing remains hot and heavy around the lake for the anglers willing to brave the elements.

With the first snow on the ground and already melted, and more weather in the forecast, local fisherman and guides alike are saying it’s nearing the end for what has been an incredible trout season.

TWO EAGLE LAKE trout at 21 and 23 inches were caught by Mike Shelton on Nov. 19 using a Rapala lure. He and Capt. Vic Homstedt caught limits for 3 days running while fishing Eagle Lake.

“The fishing is still great and we are trying to enjoy the last of it while we can before winter shuts us out,” said Robert Muller owner of North State Guide Service. “The weather outside has gotten much colder and we even saw a little snow with the storm that passed, though it melted off as fast as it arrived. Water temperatures around the lake are in the 40-degree range and remains unsettled with real snow in the forecast for this upcoming week,” Muller said.

“The quality of fish still remains excellent,” said Muller. “We are targeting fish the same way as we have been all season from the boat, just with slight variations to depth and speed. The Jay Fair trolling fly is still the top producing bait when trolling from the boat, and hot orange, black and olive green are still the best colors around the lake regardless. Most of the fish right now are around 2 to 4 pounds but you can catch an occasional fish over 5 pounds.

“Fishing pressure has been pretty light the last week despite how good the fishing has been,” said Muller. “Bank anglers are catching lots of fish with hand tied jigs in the same colors as the trolling flies. Fly fisherman have been doing really well with some reports of 100 fish days. Bait fisherman are using Berkley Gulp! minnows fished 3 feet under a bobber or a suspended ’crawler near the bottom. The top locations around the lake have been Lassen youth camp, Pikes point, Christie day use, and eagles nest. Time is running out fast and each day that passes brings nearer the end of the season, if you have been wanting to come up, now is the time,” said Muller.

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