This 3-acre pond in Grants Pass, at Reinhart Volunteer Park (or commonly just Reinhart Park), is most popularly fished when the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife stocks it with rainbow trout, which is typically scheduled from late winter into spring, when the water is cool.
There also have been times when the pond is stocked again in the fall, if ODFW has extra hatchery fish. Recent plantings have be scheduled for late-season free fishing days.
Try fishing with bait below a bobber or floating up from the bottom for good results. Casting lures or flies may also be quite effective. (More detail: Trout Fishing: Basic How-To Techniques and Tips.)
Trout fishing likely won’t be good during the summer, but that is a fine time to catch the pond’s resident sunfish, which readily bite pieces of worm or other bait suspended below a bobber.
Sunfish such as bluegill can often be found close to the bank or cover, so if you aren’t catching fish by casting way out, you might be casting too far.
Reinhart Pond also has modest populations of bass and bullhead catfish.
These are ODFW’s directions: From I-5, take Exit 55 and go two miles on Grants Pass Parkway. Turn right onto SE M Street, which becomes SW Bridge Street. Go one mile and turn left onto Lincoln Road/OR-260 for almost a half-mile. Turn left onto Webster Road to the park.
2023 Reinhart Park Pond Trout Stocking
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|Feb. 27 – Mar. 3||300|
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