I just got off the phone with ODFW office out of Ontario Oregon and am quite impressed with the information I received from the gentleman I chatted with. I have a new lake to learn on the first trip over this spring and you can only get so much information from the net. I already had pulled up the ODFW management plans and trout stocking info from the state site and learned all I could on management in the area. so now was the time to call the regions office that manages the area and see what they might be able to tell me. What a world of information and the person was even a fly fisherman that I spoke with. from management plans for the native rainbows in the lake that go to 8 pounds to the native bull trout, to back-up lakes in the area with directions that kinda go like this= left at the old farm house - around the ridge and over the knob and than down in the snake pit they call so-so lake with 20" rainbows in it! My target lake to learn they have been researching forage base "water level" to protect the native species that live in the lake. Most of these large east-side lakes are managed first for irrigation not for fish so they get drained on low water years. they are going to start managing the water levels for the lowest level they will draw it down to still keep the food-base for the native species to survive. Now knowing the food base is kinda like cheating before you arrive but him telling me they have a bomber chironomid hatch in a size 10 that "could be red" even mentioning that the hatch "COULD COME OFF IN 50' OF WATER" " is pretty darn good info! also the largest native rainbows hit the river as soon as ice is off, as fast as 5 to 7 days they will leave the lake and inter the special regulation river that is open all year long. Even said he could give me direction into a canyon on the river to target these fish if they have already left "but" there will still be 18 to 23 inch stocked (fingerling size - grown for 3 years) rainbows from Oak springs hatchery from the upper Deschutes area that grow and learn the food sources just like the natives instead of - planted 12 to 14 inchers for the take - these fish are a great addition to the lake. From boat ramps, to back-up fishing, to species of flies to use and hatches on other lakes calling the local fish and wildlife office for the region is a must for me! last spring I fished closer to La Grande and just walked in the office and asked for the local bio and picked his brain. I guess what I wanted to do is give "cudoos" and say "THANK YOU" to these people for helping me do research for my- "HIGH-PLAINS-DRIFTER" trips, and suggest chatting with your regions biologist for destination type trips. They have a world of information and I have found them very pleasant to speak with and more than willing to help!