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Park district project brings new trout to Progress Lake

by: Courtesy of ODFW Tom Murtagh (right) of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Kyle Spinks of the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District hand off a net full of rainbow trout for release into Progress Lake in Beaverton. The lake is the latest addition to ODFW's trout stocking program.

The four-acre Progress Lake in Beaverton was stocked last week with more than 1,000 10-inch rainbow trout, the culmination of months of planning and facilities construction on the part of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District and the Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation.

The lake is next to the Progress Ridge Town Square, a shopping center between Southwest Scholls Ferry and Southwest Barrows roads in South Beaverton. The lake is an old rock quarry filled with about 60 feet of water.

The park district board worked with the shopping center's developer to construct an Americans with Disabilities-accessible sidewalk and viewing platform along one side of the lake, said Tom Murtagh, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's fish biologist in charge of the project.

The Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation donated $18,000 for construction of a floating fishing platform.

The lake's depth will likely set up a thermocline at the bottom that's cold enough to support rainbow trout during the summer months, Murtagh said. Trout need water cooler than 70 degrees to thrive, which can be a problem in shallow water.

"We see a lot of potential for recreation opportunity at Progress Lake," Murtagh said.

Progress Lake is one of 110 sites in the region where the department releases more than 1.2 million hatchery-raised rainbow trout. Fish and wildlife releases rainbow trout ranging from "legals" about eight inches long, to "trophies" that can weigh 10 pounds or more. Planters are produced by trout hatcheries at Alsea, Nehalem, Scio, Eugene, Oakridge and Maupin.

"We're always excited when we are able to bring new fishing opportunities online in urban areas like this," Murtagh said. "Urban fisheries have special challenges, and with the help of our partners we were able to make this work."

Cost of the Northwest trout-stocking program is covered primarily through the sale of Oregon fishing licenses. The program covers 11 counties including Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Lane, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington and Yamhill.

The 2012 trout stocking schedule is posted on the ODFW website at www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/fishing/trout_stocking_schedules.

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