Ore. agency to release lunker trout

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ALBANY, Ore. (AP) -- Some supersize brood trout are about to be released in Willamette Valley lakes and ponds.

The Albany Democrat-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/s28osn ) the Department of Fish and Wildlife will release nearly 3,000 from the Roaring River hatchery near Scio, its primary trout propagation facility. The fish weigh 3 to 18 pounds.

The hatchery uses their eggs to produce millions of smaller trout for release at 96 Northwest Oregon locations from March through early December.

At age 4, though, the brood trout are past what hatchery managers consider the point of diminishing returns.

So, they're to be released in nine and possibly more locations. Schedule information is posted online, and usually updated on Wednesday afternoons. The address: www.dfw.state.or.us/RR/willamette .

The bag limit for trout 20 inches or larger is one per day.

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Information from: Albany Democrat-Herald, http://www.dhonline.com