I got wind of the draining of Caples Lake from Mikey Wier and Chris LaScola. I could feel the sadness in their hearts through the words of their emails. Apparently the gates below the lake's dam require repair so the water level needed drastic reduction in order to accomplish the work. Lowering the water level means that winter temperatures will freeze the lake and almost assuredly result in a complete fish kill not to mention what effect it will have on the entomology. Mikey took his friend from Trout Unlimited out there, then took him to the EID meeting in Placerville. They both stood up for the fishery in front of the board. Mikey also contacted California Trout and the Department of Fish and Game. The attempts to stop action were gallant but the drain plug had been pulled. What struck a cord with me about this story was that change was fixed and that it would be a long time before things would get back to the way they were, if ever. Change is something we anglers are facing all around us. Water flows can be changed, climate can be changed, food chains can be changed, what we know today can be changed tomorrow. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that there is a bad guy at fault in the case of Caples Lake. Fish rescue efforts are being attempted. The goal of this post is to encourage all of us to make our voices heard on resource issues......because the times and the waters are changing.
Photos by Chris LaScola