In an effort to provide additional fishing opportunities, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) stocked two southwest Oregon ponds on January 10 with excess hatchery summer steelhead adults.
ODFW added 175 steelhead to Expo Pond near the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Central Point and Reinhart Park Pond in Grants Pass, formerly called All Sports Pond, was stocked with 50 steelhead.
These excess fish are recycled back into the Rogue River up until Jan 1st of every year for anglers to enjoy. Trout bag limits for lakes are five per day, eight- inch minimum size and one fish over 20 inches.
“The fish are in good condition and average four to five pounds,” said Cole M. Rivers Hatchery Manager, Randall Robart. “Recent rains and higher than normal river flows have brought abundant numbers of these fish into the hatchery in recent weeks providing this opportunity.”