MONMOUTH — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife last week closed the E.E. Wilson Pond between Monmouth and Corvallis to fishing through the remainder of the year.
The closure is necessary to allow for workers to deepen the pond, which will provide improved fishing conditions. The pond is due to open next year.
“Making the pond deeper and getting rid of some of the aquatic vegetation will lower the water temperatures, which help the fish,” said Elise Kelley, ODFW district biologist in Corvallis.
The resident populations of trout, bass, crappie and bluegill will be removed and held at another facility until E.E. Wilson Pond is refilled next winter, Kelley said. The pond is typically open from Feb. 1 through Sept. 30, and Kelley expects the improvements to be made in time to return to that schedule in 2015.
The pond is located in the E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area next to Highway 99W at 29555 Camp Adair Road, Monmouth.