It’s Time for Trout!

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Trout season opened Sunday, May 22 in many Oregon rivers and streams, including Estacada Lake, Faraday Lake, North Fork Reservoir, the Stantiam River, Small Fry Lake, the Tualatin River and tributaries, and the Yamhill River and tributaries. Check the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for details.

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Many of the high mountain lakes around Mount Hood have been or will be stocked this week. The 2016 trout stocking schedules for the North Willamette Watershed (pdf) District and the South Willamette Watershed (pdf) District are posted on the ODFW Trout Stocking Page. Take a look to find out when and where over 65,000 of Oregon’s hatchery trout are being released around the state.

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Timothy Lake has received a couple batches of trophy trout over the past several weeks – and will get another 625 of the two-pound fish this week. The fun will continue through June, as Timothy is one of five venues across the state receiving extra trophy trout this year – 5,000 of them in all – to generate a little excitement over bigger trout.

Our staff has noted that Callibaetis mayflies, buggers and other leech type patterns as well as diving caddis have all been bringing fish to hand. Damsel fly nymphs have been increasingly productive indicating that they are becoming more active and adults should become present relatively soon.

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