ODFW Hosting 4 Free Fam Fishin’ Events This Weekend

A whole heckuva lotta trout await Oregon families this weekend at a quartet of free fishing events put on by ODFW.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife will host three on Saturday – Commonwealth Pond in Cedar Hills near Beaverton; Reinhart Pond in Grants Pass; and Vernonia Pond in Vernonia – and one on Sunday – Herbert’s Pond in Canyonville.

Rods, reels, tackle and bait will be available for kids without them at the Commonwealth and Vernonia events.

All four waters will be well stocked, including 3,000 legal size rainbow trout 300 larger trout and 300 trophies at Commonwealth.

“We’ve got a lot of nice fish going into Commonwealth for this event,” said Jeff Fulop, Salmon-Trout Enhancement Program biologist for ODFW’s North Willamette Watershed District, in a press release. “This is going to be a good opportunity for families that want to come out and give it a try.”

It runs 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event at Reinhart Pond runs 9 a.m.–1 p.m. with ODFW staff and Crater Bass volunteers on hand to help kids who want to learn how to fish.

For more, contact biologist Chuck Fustish (541-826-8774).

The one at Vernonia Pond is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The lake will be stocked with approximately 4,500 legal-sized rainbow trout just prior to the event.

“This is an excellent opportunity for kids to discover fishing,” said Ron Rehn, STEP biologist for ODFW’s North Coast Watershed. “We’ll have plenty of experienced staff and anglers at the event to answer any questions and provide instruction.”

Then, on Sunday, family fishing at Herbert’s Pond will be held from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

“Kids can learn or hone their angling skills, and we’ll have everything they need – loaner fishing equipment and bait,” said ODFW STEP biologist Greg Huchko. “The kids can also learn fish identification, make fish prints, or even try out the backyard bass game.”

For more, call him at  (541) 440-3353.

Under Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations, anglers ages 13 and under can fish for free while those 14-17 will need to have a juvenile angling license. All fishing regulations continue to apply during this event.

If you can’t hit these four, no worries, more family fishing events are slated for the coming weeks. For details, see ODFW’s 2011 schedule.

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