After reading Richard Olmstead's Hosmer Report I looked on the ODFW website at stocking records and saw they put 2500 pelletheads and 750 "trophy" cuts in the lake this year.....I know this lake originally was barren, but this shows how far away from any kind of 'wild' trout management ODFW is. I have been totally encouraged that they are stocking blackwaters in East and working to manage Crane better, but putting a bunch of trout right out of the "concrete pond" into Hosmer is a bad move. They are going to compete for food with the Atlantics and Brookies. I'm sure the catch rate will go up, but in my opinion the quality of the experience will be way worse. I digress! Last year the ODFW started planting "trophy" bows in Anthony Lake, a small high lake that you can drive to. It has a nice campground and a lot of folks go there. At 7100 feet it's a great place to beat the heat over here. There is a fair population of brookies planted who knows when. they may have even been planted n some of the upstream lakes instead of in Anthony. They top out at about 10-12 inches and most are small....the challenge is to get a good one. I went fishing there the day after they planted the "trophys". It was the first really hot spell of summer and the mating flight of carpenter ants was in full swing. There were at least several ants on every square foot of the lake, they crawled on to my tube and kept landing in my hair! There were fish rising, so I tied on a royal trude, and threw it out. I had several splashy rises, all little brookies. My buddy caught one that he thought was deformed because it had so many ants coming out of its mouth! We wanted to catch some of the 'Trophys' and didn't until we started fishing wets (so the ants were like pellets). Once we started fishing in the end of the lake where they dumped them in it was fish on almost every cast until I got tired of it and went for a walk. So here is my point..... IMHO this is a great place to stock these fish. The people that camp there will catch most of them this summer and will think it is great to catch a 15 inch fish instead of a little one. (Note to self, I should try smoking some). The ones that live until the winter will have a hard time finding enough food to maintain weight. I bet a bunch will die off and help fertilize the lake....we may even get better hatches and bigger brookies! Now in Hosmer most people won't keep them. They may grow and be an OK addition in another year, but why not add a great stock of rainbows like Pennasks from BC or cranebows if you want to change the fishery. To me pelletheads belong in catch and keep lakes where a family can go, set up some lawn chairs and throw out some powerbait! So here is my question. What is your favorite lake or lakes, how is it managed? Don't name it if you don't want to. Here are a few of mine: 1. Theif Valley Reservoir....Big water with lots of big fish, no special rules. Stocked in the fall with 60,000 4-6 inch fish. They get to 10-12 by spring, but the main fishery is for the 2 year old 16-18 inch football and there are some big ones too. There are several other similar reservoirs over here. The best one on any given year depends on the snowpack and water demands of the farmers. ODFW has adjusted their stocking practices in TVR to fit the agricultural use and the results are impressive. Now if only one of these reservoirs was managed as a "trophy" lake! 2. A couple of small high lakes within 20 air miles of my house that are not stocked, but have poor spawning habitat for the resident brookies. These are lakes where you won't catch 30 fish in a day, but the ones you catch will be nice fish 12 to 16 inches, with maybe a snakey 18". (By the way, Idaho has trophy high lakes!) I think these lakes could be ruined if access was easier under the current 5 fish limit. 3. There are a couple of high lakes over here with mixed stocks of wild fish, rainbows and brookies that are fairly rich in food and have tons of fish in them. The brookies seem to occupy the best habitat and will get up to a fat 14 inches while the rainbows are in the deep water, run about the same size, but are skinny. The fish size has been staying the same over the years that I have fished them so they are "in balance" My last thought.... In BC it seems that the fish and game people really study their lakes and are very careful about how they stock them. As a result they have world class Stillwater fishing. I think Oregon, while having many fewer lakes has potential to have some in that category if they would just manage for fish instead of for "recreational opportunity".