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“Pounder” Trout Being Stocked In Coos Bay Lakes
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is stocking Empire Lake with trout. This week, the ODFW is stocking “pounders”, rainbow trout averaging just over a pound each, into Coos Bay area lakes for a fall trout fishing opportunity. Upper Empire Lake is getting 3,500 trout. Lower Empire is reportedly clogged with weeds and has a low water level, with water temperatures that are too high to safely stock rainbows. Those fish will instead be split between Saunders and Butterfield Lakes, which will each receive 1,200 trout.
Saunders Lake is about five miles north of North Bend and easily accessed for family fishing. Next to the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Butterfield Lake is accessed through Riley Ranch County Park. Anglers at Butterfield Lake might also hook into a warmouth, an unusual fish that looks like a crappie with a bass head.
Bradley Lake, three miles south of Bandon and Powers Pond are also being stocked with pounders this week. The rainbow trout harvest limit in most lakes is five fish per day, two daily limits in possession. Learn more at