In December, the Mount Shasta Rotary constructed pens in Lake Siskiyou to house and grow “trophy-sized” rainbow trout to release into the lake. With spring in full swing in the Mount Shasta area, the group is preparing to release those trout into the lake.
The 2019 Lake Siskiyou Kid’s Fishing Day will begin the celebration of what has so far been a successful first year of the Lake Siskiyou trout pens. Kids aged 15-years-old and younger can head to the lake on May 25 to fish following the release of over 1,000 3-5 pound trout into the waters.
“The goal of this youth event is to inspire increased participation of parents and their children in outdoors activities such as fishing,” said California Department of Fish and Wildlife Environmental Scientist Monty Currier.
The three pens were planned, financed and constructed by the Mt. Shasta Rotary, with help from over 20 volunteers. The goal of the pens to create the finest trout pen facility of any lake in America in hopes to “inspire increased outdoor participation with parents and their children.”
Here is the information for the Lake Siskiyou Kids Fishing Day:
Date: May 25, 2019
Registration: 8:45am – 2:30pm
Fishing: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Location: Fishing access North Shore Rd., Mt. Shasta
Free bait and limited loaner tackle available.
Directions to North Shore of Lake Siskiyou: Take Interstate 5 to Mount Shasta and take Exit 738 (Central Mount Shasta). Follow 0.2 miles to a stop sign at W Lake Street. Turn west and drive 0.3 miles to S Old Stage Road. Turn left and go 0.3 miles to W A Barr Road, then bear right and drive 1.8 miles to North Shore Road. Turn right on North Shore Road and drive 2.1 miles to the North Shore recreation access site on the left. Park at signed parking or along the shoulder. Please do not block the road.
Here’s how the trout-rearing pens work:
Each fall, when water temperatures cool, the DFW will stock the pens with rainbow trout. Over winter, solar-charged, battery-powered feeders will automatically feed the fish, which can grow an inch per month. In spring, most likely early May, the large fish are released and quickly become naturalized to their habitat and then take on the characteristics of wild fish. The trout are “triploids,” that is, they cannot breed, and in turn, grow faster and fight harder.
Have fun at this great event on Lake Siskiyou!