Blue Lake stocked with about 1,500 trout
Blue Lake received some new arrivals recently, when 1,500 rainbow trout were added to its current population of trout, bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish. The trout took the 150-mile trip from Leaburg Hatchery, east of Eugene, to Fairview's Blue Lake Regional Park in a giant oxygenated tanker truck carrying thousands of gallons of water. After arriving, they were released into the lake by an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife employee using a hand net. The fish were all 8 inches or larger, making them the legal size to catch and eat and making the day for several anglers on the scene. More stock are expected to be delivered the weeks of April 16 and May 7.
Blue Lake Regional Park will continue to draw crowds this summer as anglers toting bobbers, spinners, worms, fish eggs and powerbait line the pier in the hopes of catching the new stock. As the weather gets warmer will also bring boaters, swimmers, picnickers, nature-lovers and athletes to the park.
Last year Blue Lake added a new Natural Play Area, made of all-natural materials. This play area is one of several playgrounds throughout the park, including the colorful, action-packed spray ground, adjacent to the swimming beach.
Blue Lake is stocked by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, which releases more than 1.2 million fish a year into 96 bodies of water. Anglers may catch and keep up to 5 legal-sized trout per day.