Oregon officials are stocking local lakes with trout in advance of free fishing open on Black Friday on Aug. 24.
That means anglers will have a good shot at catching trout in a number of lakes next week. Anglers will be able to fish in Oregon without a license on Aug. 24, the day after Thanksgiving.
Here’s a breakdown of the lakes where trout have will be added near Salem, from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s recreation report.
This is an eight-acre pond located in Salem at the northeast corner of McGilchrist and 16th Streets, S.E. It was stocked in late October with 450 hatchery rainbow trout.
WALTER WIRTH LAKE
Walter Wirth is a 20-acre lake located within the City of Salem’s Cascades Gateway Park with good access all the way around. It was stocked in late October with 1,850 hatchery rainbow trout, including 150 larger-size. As a reminder, the bag limit is five trout per day, but only one over 20-inches.
Waverly Pond is located in Albany and is regularly stocked in fall, winter and spring. The pond will be stocked this week with about 525 hatchery rainbow trout. As a reminder, the bag limit is five fish per day, but only one over 20-inches. From I-5 take exit 234 west towards Albany. The pond is located a quarter mile down Pacific Boulevard on the right. A paved ADA-accessible path runs all the way around the pond.
Foster Reservoir was stocked twice in September with a total of 10,000 hatchery trout. These were the last stocking events of the year. This scenic 1,200-acre reservoir on the South Santiam River is located just 30 minutes from Interstate 5. There is good bank access at several rest stops and campgrounds, and three seasonal boat ramps. At the moment, only the Sunnyside boat ramp is available to launch boats.
HENRY HAGG LAKE
Stocked the week of Sept. 25 with 8,000 hatchery trout, and stocked previously several times in the spring.
JUNCTION CITY POND
As expected, a batch of very large brood trout became available this week and 70 of them will be released into Junction City Pond this week. As a reminder the trout bag limit is five fish per day, but only one fish over 20 inches is allowed.
Stocked this fall with 3,000 legal-size rainbows and 500 trophy trout.