Fish on! Fish Lake advisory is lifted

Your Oregon Outdoors section predicted Friday that the algae advisory at Fish Lake could be lifted as early as (Monday). Well? Was it?

— Thomas E., via email

Yes, Thomas. Get that boat trailer hooked to your pickup, and put some worms in the cooler because Fish Lake's water quality has improved enough that the volunteer advisory against water contact there was lifted Monday, as expected.

Tests of water sampled there July 18 showed no unhealthy levels of toxins associated with blue-green algae blooms, according to the state Department of Human Services. After waiting the requisite week, the advisory signs came down Monday around the popular trout-fishing lake just off Highway 140 about 30 miles east of Medford.

The lake was saddled with the voluntary advisory July 1, when tests on water sampled in the cove near Fish Lake Resort showed levels of cyanobacteria at just a hair above the threshold for the safety.

In expectation of that advisory shift, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife stocked the lake as planned with another 3,000 legal-sized rainbow trout last week.

Fish Lake is cool enough in the summer to be the only reservoir in Jackson or Josephine counties that gets fresh trout stocked in mid-summer.

The lake sports rainbow trout as well as catchable-sized spring chinook salmon released there as an experiment to see whether they can grow well by feeding on the lake's tui chub population.

For health information, contact the Harmful Algae Bloom Surveillance program at

Send questions to "Since You Asked," Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by email to

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