ODFW to release 9,000 rainbow trout in Coos County lakes

    Rainbow trout raised at one of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's fish hatcheries. Courtesy ODFW

    COOS BAY, Ore. - As the fishing season nears its close, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has your last chance to bring in a catch.

    Next week, they’re releasing close to 9,000 fish into area lakes, including Upper Empire Lake and Butterfield Lake; Saunders Lake in North Bend; Bradley Lake in Bandon; and Powers Pond.

    ODFW said they release them now while the weather is good before the rainy season starts in mid-November, when families tend to stop fishing.

    "We put the fish in the lake and we hope as many as possible get caught and people enjoy the angling, it's great for families and kids for fishing. The ones we stock in the fall, these are about a pound a piece,” said Mike Gray, district fish biologist out of the Charleston location.

    He said the Lower Empire lake in Coos Bay will not be receiving fish due to the low water amount, warmer temperatures and weeds.

    They expect to complete the releases by Thursday.

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