Clackamas, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a free youth fishing event at Vernonia Pond in Vernonia on Saturday, May 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 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 will provide rods, reels, tackle, bait and fish bags for use by young anglers who do not have their own fishing equipment.
In addition, ODFW staff and volunteers from the Association of Northwest Steelheaders will be on hand to help participants learn how to bait a hook, cast a rod and land the catch.
In order to increase the fun factor, ODFW will stock 1,000 legal-sized rainbow trout for the event. There also will be a casting contest with prizes, and a rod-and-reel combo will be awarded to the young angler catching the most fish (determined by total weight).
Under Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations, anglers aged 13 and under fish for free, while those 14-17 require a juvenile license. All other anglers must have an Oregon adult fishing license, and all fishing regulations continue to apply for this event.
Vernonia Pond is located on Highway 47, northwest of Portland, between Highways 26 and 30. Admission to the event is free, but there is a small parking fee.
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 Vernonia Pond, call Tracy Crews, ODFW fish biologist, at (503) 842-2741. For a list of other YAEP events throughout the state go to www.dfw.state.or.us.