Eagle Lake

Susanville, California

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The key to fly fishing Eagle Lake is to hit it when it’s ON. In this condition Eagle rates a 10 on the quality-of-fly-fishing scale. That’s because it’s home to the Eagle Lake rainbow, a strain of the hardiest, fastest growing trout in the West. Plus, more than 200,000 trout are planted in the lake annually. If you want to catch a giant rainbow in this part of the world, Eagle Lake is a good place to start. This large, alkaline body of water sits in the mountains just above Susanville, California. During the warm months of summer, fish tend to stay out in deeper, colder water. But when temperatures in the shallows remain cool, like in the early part of the season (late May–early June) or October to December, fly fishing excitement builds. Large Eagle Lake rainbows make a habit of cruising near shore in search of food during these months and under these conditions. Type of Fish A pure strain of Eagle Lake rainbow trout. This eTrail covers the "where, when, and how" to fish in this region. You'll get a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to bring, and the best flies to use.

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"The key to fly fishing Eagle Lake is to hit it when it’s ON. In this condition Eagle rates a 10 on the quality-of-fly-fishing scale. That’s because it’s home to the Eagle Lake rainbow, a strain of the hardiest, fastest growing trout in the West. Plus, more than 200,000 trout are planted in the lake annually. If you want to catch a giant rainbow in this part of the world, Eagle Lake is a good place to start. This large, alkaline body of water sits in the mountains just above Susanville, California. During the warm months of summer, fish tend to stay out in deeper, colder water. But when temperatures in the shallows remain cool, like in the early part of the season (late May–early June) or October to December, fly fishing excitement builds. Large Eagle Lake rainbows make a habit of cruising near shore in search of food during these months and under these conditions. Type of Fish A pure strain of Eagle Lake rainbow trout. This eTrail covers the "where, when, and how" to fish in this region. You'll get a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to bring, and the best flies to use."

Activity Type: Fly-Fishing
Nearby City: Susanville
Trail Type: Several options
Season & Limits: June through December, best October and November
Driving Directions: Directions to Eagle Lake

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May 2018