Trout fishing at Doane Pond was one of the casualties of the Poomacha fire, which scorched large sections of Palomar Mountain State Park and areas below the pond.
But that is about to change as the park readies to reopen for business and the Department of Fish and Game resumes stocking trout in the small pond atop Palomar Mountain.
Allen Greenwood of San Diego Trout led a work party to Doane Pond on Friday and installed a net to prevent hatchery trout from escaping downstream to Doane Creek and eventually Pauma Creek. Both of those creeks have native rainbow trout that spawn, and Greenwood said the net is necessary to prevent stocked trout mixing with native rainbows in the two creeks.
“The net looks great, not intrusive at all to the natural park setting,” said Greenwood, who was joined by fellow San Diego Trout members Bob Stewart and Mike Pottorff. They were met by Jeff Lee, the supervising park ranger at the state park.
Greenwood said the next step is for the DFG to stock trout, and that could happen as soon as this week.
“They're going to try and get some pan-size trout in there and maybe throw in some bigger ones just for fun,” Greenwood said. “It will give San Diegans a wonderful mountain trout-fishing experience.”
Greenwood said the San Diego Fly Fishers donated just under $300 for the materials for the project.
“It was great that the Fly Fishers came through, and we all should be proud of doing such positive action to protect our native rainbows of Pauma Creek,” Greenwood said.
Greenwood said the DFG's new regional manager, Ed Pert, permitted the project, and Greenwood said he was impressed by Pert's willingness to listen to his group about future endeavors.
“We told him about all the various projects we want to do, and he was very receptive to them,” Greenwood said.
Palomar Mountain State Park's Web site states the park will remain closed until April 1. Should trout be planted this week and in subsequent weeks before the park reopens, they'll have plenty of time to acclimate before fishermen get a chance at them.
founder of Desert Wildlife Unlimited in Brawley, seeks volunteers to help repair pheasant pens next Saturday starting around 7:30 a.m. Volunteers should have their own gloves and pliers and meet at Gibson Tools, 51 West Rutherford Road in Brawley. Call Lesicka at (760) 344-2793. These pheasant pens will hold the 2,500 birds that will be released on the DFG and DWU Upland Game Bird fields in November. Meantime, Lesicka is working on approval from the Bureau of Land Management for a future water guzzler project in the desert that the San Diego Chapter of Safari Club International will fund. He said the project could start in late spring or early summer, depending on approval by the BLM and which of five sites Lesicka is looking at.
Hugh Cobb at Pacific Coast Bait and Tackle in Oceanside began his annual Barred Surf Perch Derby yesterday. Entry is free, but anglers must sign up at the shop before entering a fish. Call Cobb at (760) 439-3474.
Ed Zieralski: (619) 293-1225; firstname.lastname@example.org