Cedar Hills, Ore. — Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) gave away eight combination rod and reels at a youth angling event Saturday, May 12 at Commonwealth Pond in Cedar Hills, Oregon near Beaverton.
The eight poles were provided by a donation from Shakespeare Fishing Tackle. Winners were selected at random from a drawing and announced each hour between 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
“We saw a lot of happy faces,” says Jeff Fulop, STEP Biologist for the North Willamette Watershed. “In addition to making kids smile by giving them their own poles to fish with and take home, we were able to provide instruction for many families and helped them walk away with some really nice size fish.”
ODFW staff estimate 80 kids and their parents attended the event.
This program was made possible through a $50,000 appropriation from the Oregon Legislature and a partnership with the Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation, which has pledged an additional $50,000 and is working with ODFW to develop and promote youth fishing opportunities throughout the state.
Under Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations, anglers aged 13 and under do not require a license, while those 14-17 require a juvenile license. All fishing regulations continue to apply for Youth Angling Enhancement Program events.