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Popular trout fisheries open Saturday

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For many Oregon anglers, the 2015 trout season will kick off on Saturday with the opening of several popular fisheries.

The early trout opener in April continues to be a tradition with many families, and marks the beginning of the spring fishing season at popular locations such as:

Howard Prairie Reservoir in Jackson County.
Many small streams in the mid- and southern Willamette Valley. Crane Prairie Reservoir, Big Lava Lake, South Twin, Wickiup, Odell and Laurance lakes in Central Oregon.
The Powder River and Pilcher Reservoir, and most Klamath Basin streams in the southeastern part of the state.

According to Mike Gauvin, ODFW recreational fisheries manager, many Oregon lakes, rivers and streams are open to trout fishing year-round, and the Saturday opener extends what already has been a strong start to the trout fishing season.

“Trout stocking and Family Fishing Events have been underway since March, and now anglers and their families will have even more opportunities for some great early season fishing,” Gauvin said.

For anglers getting ready to hit the water, ODFW offers lots of help getting started or deciding where to go, including:

For anglers getting ready to hit the water, ODFW offers lots of help getting started or deciding where to go, including:

Trout stocking scheduleswith maps showing you how to get to each stocking location The Recreation Reportweekly updates of the latest fishing conditions Learn to Fisheverything new anglers need to get started Easy Angling Oregon101 great places for newcomers and families to fish Family Fishing Events– bring the whole family, we’ll provide gear, instruction and fish to catch

Anglers should check the 2015 Sport Fishing Regulations for even more water bodies that open April 25. Also note that many rivers and streams will remain closed to trout fishing until May 23 to help protect juvenile steelhead as they migrate to the ocean.

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