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  • It's a jump-start to fall trout fishing

  • Rogue Valley lakes and ponds are in the midst of receiving their annual fall infusion of fresh rainbow trout to wet the lines and whet the appetites of area anglers.
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  • Rogue Valley lakes and ponds are in the midst of receiving their annual fall infusion of fresh rainbow trout to wet the lines and whet the appetites of area anglers.
    Several water bodies were stocked last week and more are set to be fed next week with a mix of 8-inch, legal-sized rainbows and a cluster of larger, heavier trout in the 1-pound range.
    The fish are purchased annually from the private Desert Springs Hatchery in Eastern Oregon under a program begun in 2010 by the Oregon Legislature.
    "This is a really nice jump-start to trout fishing in the fall," says Dan VanDyke, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's Rogue District fish biologist. "This is pretty popular."
    Next week's stocking will include Agate Lake and Expo Pond, the two main urban fishing destinations in the Medford area.
    Agate, off Highway 140, will get 100 large trout and 1,000 legals. Expo Pond, off Peninger Road at the Jackson County Expo, will get 100 large trout and 500 legals.
    The stocking is tentatively scheduled for Monday, but that could change, VanDyke says.
    In Josephine County, the stocking next week will consist of 200 large trout and 1,000 legals for Lake Selmac near Selma and 100 large trout and 250 legals for Reinhart Park Pond.
    Last week, on Wednesday and Thursday, Hyatt, Howard Prairie and Applegate lakes each received 200 large trout of about a pound apiece and 1,000 legal-sized trout.
    Many that aren't caught in the fall will turn into nice holdover trout for next year's fisheries, VanDyke says.
    Howard Prairie also received 16,000 fingerlings that are expected to boost fishing opportunities there next year.
    This is the third and perhaps final time lakes such as Expo Pond, Hyatt and Howard Prairie will get this extra dose of fall trout. The Legislature has not funded this private stocking program after 2012, VanDyke says.
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