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  • Warmer air, water affect trout-stocking schedule

  • Warming air and water temperatures have led state fish managers to cancel planned releases of hatchery-bred rainbow trout scheduled this month for Jackson County's Expo Pond and Lake Selmac in Josephine County.
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  • Warming air and water temperatures have led state fish managers to cancel planned releases of hatchery-bred rainbow trout scheduled this month for Jackson County's Expo Pond and Lake Selmac in Josephine County.
    Selmac was set to get 3,000 legal-sized trout this past week, and 1,500 similarly sized trout were set for the pond at The Expo in Central Point.
    Some of those trout will go instead into Howard Prairie Reservoir later this month and into the far upper Rogue River upstream of Lost Creek Lake, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
    Spaulding Pond near Cave Junction also will be stocked with additional trout next week, according to ODFW.
    Lake Selmac and Expo Pond are shallow reservoirs that tend to warm quickly and intensely in the spring. The water at Lake Selmac was 70 degrees Monday, almost 20 degrees higher than ideal for trout.
    Agate Lake off Highway 140 near White City is another reservoir plagued by warm water, so the agency does not even bother scheduling late spring trout releases there.
    ODFW still hopes to stock Lake Selmac just before Free Fishing Weekend on June 1-2. The lake hosts Josephine County's lone Free Fishing Weekend event.
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