Central Point, Ore. -- The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Crater Bass and the Grants Pass Parks Department will host a youth fishing event at Reinhart Pond in Grants Pass on Saturday, May 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The event is part of ODFW’s Youth Angling Enhancement Program, designed to introduce young people to the fun of fishing. The department and Crater Bass will provide rods, reels, tackle and bait for use by young anglers who do not have their own fishing equipment.
In addition, ODFW staff and other volunteers will be on hand to help participants learn how to bait a hook, cast a rod and land the catch.
“This is a great opportunity for kids,” said Chuck Fustish, ODFW biologist. “While we encourage parents to bring their children out to learn or hone their fishing skills, we ask the adults to leave the fishing to the next generation for a few days.”
In order to increase the fun factor, ODFW will stock the pond with over 80 lunker-sized trout from Desert Spings Hatchery for the event, in addition to 300 legal-sized trout from the Butte Falls Hatchery.
Under Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations, anglers aged 13 and under are not required to have a license, while those 14-17 must have a juvenile license. All other anglers must have an adult fishing license.
Reinhart Pond is located in Reinhart Volunteer Park in Grants Pass.
The Youth Angling Enhancement Program was made possible, in part, through a partnership with the Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation. For information about the event at Grants Pass, call Chuck Fustish at (541) 826-8774. For a list of other YAEP events throughout the state go to www.dfw.state.or.us.