Several lakes and ponds in the Willamette Valley will be planted over the next two months with the largest trout Oregon's stocking program has to offer.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will release 238 of the nearly 3,000 super-sized brood trout used at the trout-rearing program at Roaring River Hatchery near Scio.
These fish range from 2 to 4 years old and have been used to breed rainbow trout released in Northwest Oregon lakes and streams.
Their last civic duty, however, will be as catchable trout ranging from 3 to 18 pounds — that's right, pounds — and they will be released in at least nine locations throughout the Willamette Valley beginning this week and running into January.
The first batch of lunkers will hit this week at Henry Hagg Lake near Forest Grove, St. Louis Pond near Gervais and Mount Hood Pond near Gresham.
Other places tentatively scheduled to receive the brooders include Junction City Pond near Eugene, Waverly and Timber Linn lakes near Albany, and Walter Wirth Lake and Walling Pond near Salem.
For updates on brood-stock releases, see ODFW's Willamette Zone recreation report on the Internet at www.dfw.state.or.us/RR/willamette. Updates are usually posted Wednesday afternoons.
ODFW typically cycles out its brood stock after about four years of egg production. At that age, trout can still produce eggs but their production has peaked and they are considered to have reached a point of diminishing returns.
Fly-fishing for the big bass of Lake Shasta will be the topic du jour when the Medford-based Rogue FlyFishers Association convenes Wednesday, Nov. 16, for its regular monthly meeting.
John Gantner of Redding, Calif., will headline the program with a presentation on bass fishing at the Northern California lake. A longtime fly-fisher and author, Gantner will detail the flies and techniques used to catch largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass that populate the lake along Interstate 5, about two hours south of Medford.
The meeting is at the Red Lion Hotel, 200 N. Riverside Ave.
It will begin at 6 p.m. with a no-host "Wet Fly" social hour, followed by a 7 p.m. buffet dinner that will include club business, a raffle and the presentation.
The public is invited.
For information on the 40-year-old association, see its website at www.rogueflyfishers.org.
Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or firstname.lastname@example.org.