All In A Day's Drive

'The phone rings off the hook once a week when it's this time of the season'

'The phone rings off the hook once a week when it's this time of the season' »Play Video
Roaring River Fish Hatchery

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SCIO, Ore. — Fishing and hunting are two favorite pastimes for many lifelong Oregonians.

All in a day's drive, you can head to one place where thousands of fish are grown every year - and to another where you can take your wild game after the hunt.

Our journey begins at the Larwood Bridge off Highway 226. If you follow the road along Crabtree Creek, you'll wind up at the Roaring River Fish Hatchery, where workers recently wrapped up the salmon spawn for the season.

“The phone rings off the hook once a week when it's this time of the season,” hatchery manager Luke Allen said.

The hatchery and park near Scio attracts plenty of attention, especially among anglers dying to know where these rainbow brood trout will end up.

“We release about 200,000 legal size rainbow. And then we also rear about 151,000 summer steelhead and 85,000 winter steelhead,” Allen said.

The hatchery isn't just for show. At certain times of the year, they host events, especially during free fishing weekend, when kids can fish out of the hatchery's show pond and kids can try and reel in a rainbow trout.

“Hopefully they land on somebody's dinner plate,” Allen said.

But if you just can't wait to fill your lunch plate, you can join the breakfast and lunch crowd in Albany at a favorite sausage hotspot. Whatever you do, don't call the cook “grumpy”.

“It's cranky, not grumpy. There's a difference,” Mike Campbell said.

The self-proclaimed cranky cook at Pepper Tree Sausage House admits he was branded with a bad attitude after years of double duty grinding sausage in the back and keeping an eye on the grill up front.

“I was really pressed, so I got cranky,” Campbell said. “So I carried on. They called me the sausage nazi and all this stuff.”

Now that he has help, Campbell admits he's lightened up a bit, but his workload hasn't. He processes wild game and cranks out sausage daily in the small shop just off Main Street.

“Low in fat, low in salt, no artificial colors, no artificial flavors. And people realize that when they eat here,” Campbell said.

Campbell is one cook who's frank about his franks. And you can take a butcher's word for it or go right to the fish's mouth all in a day's drive.

Fishing on most Oregon lakes, ponds and reservoirs is open all year round. However, fishing for trout and salmon on most streams and rivers won't open until April and May. You can find more information on specific fisheries on ODFW’s website.