JOHN DAY - Due to excessive weed growth and fish kills within the last three summers, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife began draining Upper Aldrich Pond on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 30-Oct. 1.
Draining the pond will kill several acres of aquatic weeds that have restricted fishing and contributed to the loss of many stocked rainbow trout. The pond will not be completely drained until late this week.
Aldrich Pond will remain empty until mid-winter, but will refill by next spring's snowmelt. rainbow trout will then be restocked and will have a much better chance of survival.
Access to the pond remains limited to non-motorized travel, and fishing will still be available on Lower Aldrich Pond.
For additional information, contact Jeff Neal, Assistant District Fish Biologist, or Tim Unterwenger, District Fish Biologist, at (541) 575-1167.