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Hagg Lake tries something new: year-round fishing

Henry Hagg Lake kicked off its first year-round fishing season with an addition of 150 rainbow trout.

The lake officially opened for year-round fishing on Monday, Nov. 23. For more than 40 years, Washington County Parks has closed the lake from late November through February to work on maintenance and resource protection. But with the county's population growing so quickly, the agency's managers are focusing more on recreational opportunities.

In addition, both Washington County Parks and the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife want to increase fishing opportunities at the lake, which is one of the largest trout and bass lakes in the Willamette Valley, according to Tom Murtagh, ODFW District Fish Biologist for the area.

"This is a real win-win for ODFW, Washington County Parks and anglers who like to fish year-round," Murtagh said. "To kick off this new regulation, 150 brood rainbow trout — some are close to 12 pounds — were just put in the lake, so fishing should be real exciting."

In addition to trout, Hagg Lake contains smallmouth and largemouth bass, crappie and catfish.