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Workers installed the liner in the fishing pond at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds Monday morning

PHOTO COURTESY OF BLAKE FONNESBECK  
 - Crews help pull the liner at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds fishing pond Monday morning.

Workers installed the liner in the fishing pond at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds Monday morning, as part of an effort to repair the pond's leaking original clay surface.

"Somebody will be fishing this summer," said Jefferson County Building and Grounds Director Blake Fonnesbeck. "We'll get there. It's making good progress, finally. It's taken a lot of prep to get to this point."

City of Madras employees worked with crews from BTL Liners, the Prineville company that manufactured the liner, to spread the giant, black liner on the 46,000-square-foot pond floor. The liner will keep the pond sealed once water is added.

Fonnesbeck said bass and bluegill will be added to the pond in August, but trout will probably not be planted in the pond in time for kids to fish during the Jefferson County Fair in late July.

"I think we've missed the window for them to put the trout in for them to try to catch," he said. "ODFW has said that the water will be too warm to plant trout by the time it is filled."


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