Mount Shasta Rotary members will release 1,000 Eagle Lake Trout into Lake Siskiyou from the pens where they were raised on Wednesday, May 11. This is the second year of the program, which is meant to provide a healthy activity for local youth and families.

Mount Shasta Rotary members will release 1,000 Eagle Lake Trout into Lake Siskiyou from the pens where they were raised on Wednesday, May 11. This is the second year of the program, which is meant to provide a healthy activity for local youth and families.

Rotary Project Manager Tom Stienstra, an award-winning outdoors writer, describes the Lake Siskiyou facility as the best of its kind in the nation. Rotary planned, financed, and constructed a dock structure with three pens at Lake Siskiyou for a pen-rearing program for trophy-size fish last year. Volunteers built the pens and then installed them in a cove neighboring the marina facility.

The process, as described in a press release, is as follows:

Each fall, when water temperatures cool, the DFW will stock the pens with ... 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.

“Most of the trout are three to four pounds, and a few are bigger and a few are smaller,” said Stienstra about this year’s fish. “These are Eagle Lake Trout, a strain with some of the finest trout characteristics in the world.”