Jackson County's reservoirs and ponds will get their first complement of fresh rainbow trout next week, just in time to give kids an alternative to iPods and XBoxes for frittering away their regular respite from school.
Jackson County's reservoirs and ponds will get their first complement of fresh rainbow trout next week, just in time to give kids an alternative to iPods and Xboxes for frittering away their regular respite from school.
More than 40,000 legal-sized rainbow trout will be stocked in five Jackson County waterways next week, just in time for the county's nearly 36,000 students who will start their week off school March 23.
From Emigrant Lake to Willow Lake and even as far away as Lake Selmac in Josephine County, the 8-inch trout will gush from stocking trucks right into the lakes — usually with few, if any, anglers around to take immediate advantage of them.
"In Selma, they see the truck roll by and the phone chain starts," says David Pease, assistant manager at Cole Rivers Hatchery, where the bulk of next week's releases are now rearing. "Those guys like to hit them pretty hard. But it's not too busy right away in those other places."
The stocking is scheduled to begin Monday when Willow Lake will get its 4,750 trout. However, the park, boat ramp and other facilities run there by Rogue Recreation Inc. will not open until April 1.
Rogue Recreation owner Dick Goodboe says the delay will give the trout enough time to disperse throughout the water body. Until then, anglers can fish off the dam, he says.
Lost Creek Reservoir will get its 25,000 legals Monday and Tuesday and they will be split between the lake's two boat ramps, Pease says.
Selmac will get a second batch of 5,000 legals Tuesday, Pease says. The lake already was stocked once in mid-February.
Emigrant Lake will be stocked with 4,000 rainbows Wednesday.
Thursday's stocking will include 1,400 trout into Expo Pond and 300 rainbows for Rheinhart Pond — the former All Sports Pond in Grants Pass.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife historically plans trout plantings for the week before spring break to offer alternative recreational activities during the week away from the classroom.
Fly-fishing clinic Wednesday
A Medford fly-fishing guide will offer a presentation on local fly-fishing opportunities for spey-rod casters during Wednesday's monthly meeting of the Rogue FlyFishers Association in Medford.
Jon Hazlett is one of the founders of Confluence Outfitters. He guides regularly along the Rogue, Applegate and Klamath rivers, along with several other streams in Northern California, as well as Southern Oregon coastal streams.
The meeting will be held at the Red Lion Hotel, 200 N. Riverside Ave.
It begins with the 6 p.m. no-host "Wet Fly" social hour. The meeting runs from 7 to 9 p.m., which includes the club's general business, a raffle and Hazlett's program. Guests are welcome.
For more information, telephone 858-5981 or visit the club's Web site at www.rogueflyfishers.org.