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Eagle River Report is a page where we will be keeping a log of the camp activity, as well as river conditions, and news from Eagle River. Sign up for the RSS feed by clicking the orange icon to the right and you will receive all updates by email. Wondering what water levels are like? go to Canada's Hydrometric Data site for the Eagle River by clicking this link: Eagle River Water Level
Posted 02 August 2020, 10:50 pm NDT
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Matt with a tight line in ‘The Bathtub’ this morning (larger version)
One thing that can be said about this season is that it has been quite steady success for our anglers. Likely related to the steady decrease in water. The weather cooled a bit for most of last week and water temps went back to 64-65 F for several days. Our guests that left on Saturday averaged 15-20 each for their stay. Our incoming trio of Dad and two sons have had some success with 3 apiece. Not bad in what are now tough conditions. The weather was hot yesterday and extremely hot today...
Posted 28 July 2020, 6:50 am NDT
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Brian with a nice grilse! (larger version)
The river is now the lowest we have seen it for years during our fishing season, and it is a nice treat! It makes for slightly more difficult navigation, but good fishing! There's not a ton of fish in the river, but they are holding up quite good in some of the top pools, and fresh fish continue to trickle in. Reports from net fishers in the bay indicate that there are still plenty of fish in the bay so we expect some good fishing for a while yet.

Our departing group had a great week!...
Posted 20 July 2020, 1:29 pm NDT
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Pat fights this spunky salmon! King of sportfish indeed! (larger version)
We have been in a heat wave for days now. Air temps in the low to mid 30s C every day for days now. I'm a bit surprised with the flow of the river. It is holding up very well. Still above 2m and while the mid day water temps peak around 70-72F, the temp was reading at 66F this morning.

There is a healthy run of grilse on with a mix of about 15% large. Everyone is hooking up and most boats are getting the limit every day. That action is taking place in the early morning and evening....
Posted 16 July 2020, 8:30 am NDT
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8 yo old, Blake, with his first ever salmon! (larger version)
The weather is not favourable for angling atlantic salmon. We are lucky to still have good flow in the river to combat the bright days and 30 deg C heat. The river is getting warm and once the bright sun gets in full force the fishing slows drastically. I like to look at it as an automatic defence that the atlantic salmon has. They can't metabolize and recover as well in warm water. They are also very hard to hook in warm water.

That said, the river has a lot of fish in it. I went out...
Posted 13 July 2020, 9:42 pm NDT
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Ryan plays a fish in Backriver. (larger version)
The fishing has been great since our last update. We had new guests arrive Friday and yesterday. Some rookies in the mix and both of them had some action in their very first sessions here on the Eagle! Experienced anglers are doing very well. There's still a good mix of large salmon and the grilse run seems to now be pouring on strong. Some of our guides have reported seeing pools 'alive' with fish.

The weather over the weekend was hot. Blistering hot and windy. The water continued...
Posted 10 July 2020, 6:31 pm NDT
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Nice one, Robert! (larger version)
The last few days has seen Eagle's water level drop to a good fishing level. The water is still cool at around 61-62 C, but as the level drops and bright sun hammers the sand bars up river it will no doubt warm up. If the water level continues to fall we might actually get into the boulder field for the first time in years! That would be nice. There is still more water than needed and fish are not holding up for long.

Our first group left today after a week of fishing. They had some...
Posted 04 July 2020, 7:50 pm NDT
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Fong with a beaut! (larger version)
Happy 4th of July to our friends south of the border in the USA who might be tuning in to the Eagle River Report!

The last few days has seen nothing but steady improvement in the action and river conditions. The camp has been hooking a lot of large fish and there are a few grilse in the mix. Reports of some real monsters in the mix in the 30lb range. Dave is here and says he hooked biggest fish he ever seen here yesterday. I told him no picture, no fish! With 30 years of Eagle experience...
Posted 01 July 2020, 11:16 am NDT
Hello everyone, and welcome back to the Eagle River Report for the start of our 2020 season. Also, HAPPY CANADA DAY!! We love our country and the opportunities it provides us all to work and play freely. It certainly has been a different preseason for us. Covid-19 threw us a curveball and left us unable to host many of our national and international guests. We will certainly miss you all and hopefully see you in 2021. We hope you are all safe as the pandemic runs its course.

We've been...
Posted 17 September 2019, 1:14 pm NDT
We fished both Eagle and White Bear rivers from Aug 29- Sept 8, and while the weather was challenging with the tail of Hurrican Dorian flying through, there were still fish to be caught and nice weather moments poked in there between nature's fury! Rivers were already high, and Dorian's rain brought them up more. and with a few frosty nights the river water temps were in the low 50's F.

With 4 rods fishing part time we managed to still get a few fish and the group had a CPUE of .98, nearly a...
Posted 13 August 2019, 10:06 pm NDT
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Tough week but not a bust! (larger version)
Well, to say it was a tough 5 days of fishing as compared to our usual standards would be putting it mildly. Our guests managed to hook into 15 on Eagle and had a little better success on our visits to White Bear.

We had what I would call a perfect storm. The tides were neap meaning at their point in the moon phase with the least variance. This always results in slower fishing. But to be combined with an already high and cold river that was rising most of the week was a guaranteed recipe...
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