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Eagle Lake off to a great start


By Val Aubrey, EagleLakeFishing.net
05/29/15 -- Eagle Lake opening weekend was a fish catching frenzy! Water surface temps were pretty solid at 56F. Most fish were caught 4-6 feet deep, some at 8-10 feet deep and some at 18-20 feet deep. Fish are all over the lake in deeper water at 25-55F.

Since Tuesday, we have seen warmer ambient temps. 80F-83F with little to no wind. Thursday morning surface temps started out 58.8F and by afternoon hit 61F in some areas. A few more warm days and we could see solid numbers on the surface in the low 60's in the early morning.

By mid-morning we were finding a great bite at 18-20 feet deep (4 colors of lead core in the water) right out in the center of the south basin. 2 colors (8-10' deep) worked well on a different day. Basically, the trout have been at most any level between 4 and 20 feet deep, what level works best has depended on the conditions of the day.

Eagle Lake, May 30, 2015 by Valerie Aubrey IFish, IGuardian, iPhone & IDare2Care!
Eagle Lake, May 30, 2015 by Valerie Aubrey IFish, IGuardian, iPhone & IDare2Care!

Flat water has fished hard but in reality it has just been a matter of waiting out the bite. Once the bite has come on, it happens quick! We have had to deal with patches of algae but we still found plenty of good water. Gusty winds are predicted for the weekend which should help clean it up a little. Generally wind can clean up one area and inundate another.

For trollers, fluorescent orange "anything" caught fish. A variety of lures caught fish as long as they were orange or a combination of orange. Mostly all in smaller sizes and up to #2 size Needlefish. Simon Wobbler (tiny little lure with a great action) has also been a great producer. Orange & brown trolling flies & grubs also worked. Trolling night crawlers also picked up a few.

Despite perfect water temps, the shore fishing was quite slow but some action for fly fishing from Wildcat Pt and north towards Shrimp Island (Lake of the Woods...Osprey Management Area & closed to vehicular traffic on old dirt roads to the water), but all in all, the masses of fish weren't in close. One had to get out off of the ledges and over deeper water.

Launching is still ok. Just be careful and ease on down. We are off to a good start!

Val Aubrey is a long-time resident of Spalding and is considered one the best all-around authorities about all aspects of Eagle Lake and its world famous trout fishery. Aubrey is the publisher of eaglelakefishing.net (“All Eagle Lake All the Time”) and is a devoted advocate for the lake and the surrounding environment. Be sure to visit her website for complete details on fishing, ramp conditions, water quality and how you can help preserve this fantastic resource.


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