April 19, 2012
CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Snow and ice are beginning to melt in time for the April 28 trout season opener at Howard Prairie Reservoir and Hyatt Lake.
Fingerlings stocked last fall at both Howard Prairie and Hyatt Lake should be eight to 10 inches for the opener while holdovers average 13 to 16 inches.
Boat ramps at Howard will be clear and accessible with campgrounds open April 26. At Hyatt, the main ramp at the BLM campground will be plowed and open by April 28; however, ice on the lake may prevent boat launching. Hyatt’s resort has no boat ramp this year but will continue to maintain the bait shop, parking and bank fishing access.
As of April 19, Fish Lake was still ice covered, and boating access will depend on weather. When anglers can access the lake, ODFW asks for reports and photos of harvested spring chinook larger than 12 inches. Anglers are reminded the tiger trout fishery is catch and release only. For current conditions, call the Butte Falls Ranger District at 541-865-2700.
Many other area lakes and reservoirs have been stocked and anglers can check the trout stocking schedule on the ODFW Web site at www.dfw.state.or.us.