ENTERPRISE, Ore. – High water temperatures and concerns for fish survival have prompted fish managers to suspend summer trout stocking in Wallowa County ponds.
“Under current conditions it’s unlikely that trout stocked in these ponds would survive to be caught by anglers,” said Jeff Yanke, ODFW fish biologist in Enterprise.
The good news for anglers is that the nearly 3,000 trout intended for Wallowa County ponds will now be released into Wallowa Lake in July. Conditions at Wallowa Lake will remain good for trout releases throughout the summer due to its large size, depth and exceptional water quality. Any additional stocking cancellations in northeast Oregon may result in additional trout headed for Wallowa Lake.
“It’s disappointing to lose any fishing opportunities, but we’re glad we can put these fish someplace where the public can still fish for them,” Yanke added.
The ponds affected are: Salt Creek, McGraw, Weaver, Marr and Kinney Lake. Many of these ponds traditionally have been stocked from April through July. Releases at Salt Creek and McGraw ponds were canceled last week due to high temperatures. Salt Creek, McGraw, Honeymoon and Teepee ponds are scheduled to be stocked again in late September; however, managers will be monitoring water temperatures at these ponds to see if September trout stocking will occur. Anglers should check ODFW’s weekly Recreation Report for stocking updates.