The year of unlisted numbers is over.
Because of pandemic-related concerns about travel, social distancing and crowds, the release of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s yearlong trout-stocking schedule was discontinued during most of 2020.
As of the past week, though, the stocking schedule for the remainder of 2021, from Antelope Flat Reservoir in the Deschutes Watershed to the Yamhill River in the Willamette Watershed, is available in PDF format at 2021_Rainbow_Trout_Stocking.pdf (state.or.us)
Note to the, ahem, thrifty: Before you hit “print all,” on the trusty ink-jet, be advised that the full schedule is 21 pages, covers the entire state, is alphabetical by zone, and that the Willamette Zone, which includes Salem-area waters, is on the last seven pages.
For the pikers among us, I suggest downloading the full version to your desktop, then cherry picking the information you want as you make travel plans.
As with all previous stories about trout-stocking, the posted schedules are dependent on the availability of trout and vehicles to deliver them as well as weather and water conditions.
Thus endeth the old bromide.
Highlights of the 2021 stocking schedule
Some of the highlights include:
The “big two” as I call them, Detroit Lake off Highway 22 east of Salem, and Foster Reservoir off Highway 20 east of Sweet Home both are scheduled for stocking the week of April 4.
Detroit is scheduled to get 2,100 keeper-size (8-inch) rainbow trout, while Foster is on the docket to get 3,300.
Among the pay-to-play waters, E.E. Wilson Pond on the wildlife area north of Corvallis, is scheduled to get 1,200 keepers and 25 foot-longs the week of April 11, and Silverton Reservoir is due for a delivery of 2,598 legals the week of April 18.
Parking at the E.E. Wilson Pond trailhead (it’s about a half-mile walk to the pond from the parking area) requires a Wildlife Area Parking Permit, which is free with the purchase of a hunting license or $10 a day, $30 a year at license agents or online at Oregon DFW – Login (huntfishoregon.com)
For online purchases, scroll down to the gray “guest checkout” link.
At Silverton Reservoir, daily permits ($5) are available via credit or debit card are available on-site at the kiosk in the parking lot at Silverton Reservoir and Marine Park.
Closer to home, and free, Walling Pond at the corner of 16th and McGilchrist streets inside the Salem city limits (parking lot is on the east side of 16th) is scheduled to get 450 rainbows (400 keepers and 50 larger trout) the week of April 4.
This is a continuation of an ongoing series of trout-stocking runs to Walling, which because of the large homeless encampment at Wirth Lake in Salem, has received deliveries of a lot of trout that originally had been scheduled for Wirth.
SPEAKING ABOUT RECREATION: And/or the lack thereof.
Check out a busy, but informative status map
A variety of state and federal departments and agencies have come up with an interactive interagency status map online featuring information about areas that are open, closed or offering reduced services at recreation sites throughout Oregon. Check it out at Oregon Wildfire Response : Recreation Impacts : State of Oregon
It’s designed to provide one-stop information about impacts such as closures long-term and temporary, in the wake of Oregon’s devastating 2020 fire season.
It offers site-by-site nuggets of information about recreation sites ranging from Oregon State Parks to U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.
To say the map is “busy” is sort of like picking one bee out of a crowded comb.
I found the best solution is to hit the + sign repeatedly in the lower right-hand side of the map to spread the swarm out to a manageable level.
Red Xs on the map are closed sites; green means go.
Sites run the gamut from overlooks and trailheads to boat ramps and campgrounds.
While the map lags somewhat in updating, the section below it offers links to each of the agencies’ web sites for the latest information. It’s under the heading “Is the map updated in real-time?”
If you know where you want to go, or just want to go shopping for opportunities, the map offers useful snapshots about what’s available when you get there.
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: The best way to guarantee that a big fish will strike is to get a softball-sized backlash on your reel.
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