In the fall of 2000, my wife Maribeth and I had scheduled a week's vacation. I said where do you want to go and she said, "let's go somewhere we have never been before and let's not bring the boat." (A week's vacation had always included the boat and some fishing.) I thought about it and realized this was the perfect opportunity to check out a lake I had always wanted to fish but never had because it was too far away to get it done in a two day weekend.
We went to Eagle Lake and pretty much fell in love with the place. We were living in Granite Bay, Ca at the time and I had been guiding on weekends for trout and kokanee so had seen and fished many lakes and caught my fair share of trout (and kokanee). I had never seen trout like the Eagle Lake Trout. The average Eagle Lake Trout is probably bigger than the biggest trout any of us has ever caught. Any they are plentyful. We were blown away by the quality and the quantity of the trout available in Eagle Lake.
We came back the following weekend with the boat. We bought a house and fished and fished and fished. I began guiding at Eagle Lake (and only Eagle Lake) in the fall of 2000 and operated Fishtraveler Guide Service through the 2013 season. After the 2013 season I decided that the California Drought had been too tough on Eagle Lake and the quality of the fishing. I decided to shut down Fishtraveler Guide Service until Mother Nature decided I could reopen.
The Winter of 2016 was really good to Eagle Lake and I reopended Fishtraveler Guide Service in 2018. The lake is showing good signs of returning to it's former glory. There are once again tule stands in many of the lake's shallow bays where trout can hang out and ambush their prey. The Eagle Lake Trout have once again become very husky. I like to say they have "big shoulders".
So if you want to go....we leave the dock at daybreak and usually return by 1 PM. We take parties of 2-4 clients per trip. My normal method of fishing Eagle Lake is trolling. The limit at Eagle Lake is two fish per day and 4 fish in possession per angler. The average fish that we keep and put on ice is 18-19 inches and weighs 2.5-3.5 lbs.