Big Changes To McKenzie Trout Fishing

If you’re a fan of trout fishing on the McKenzie River, better read this piece by Mike Stahlberg on the big changes this year in where hatchery fish are going for this weekend’s opener.

The Eugene Register-Guard reporter says there will be new hot spot while a popular stretch will be “something of a dud.”

“You can bet your waders on this turn of events because state fishery managers have overhauled the McKenzie trout-stocking plan for the first time since 1997,” Stahlberg writes.

The river has seen a tug-of-war between fly fishermen who want to keep the pressure off wild redband rainbows and bull trout and the state which plants thousands upon thousands of fish for anglers to catch and keep.

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