BEAVERTON, Ore. — Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is hosting a free youth angling event Saturday, May 9 at Commonwealth Pond in Cedar Hills, Oregon near Beaverton.
ODFW will stock the pond with 2,000 legal size rainbow trout and 300 larger trout, ranging from one to three pounds. The department is also supplying rods and reels for the day in addition to bait, tackle and fish bags for use by young anglers who do not have their own fishing equipment. ODFW staff and volunteers will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to answer questions and offer assistance to less experienced youth anglers. Packets of information, including Easy Angling Oregon booklets, will be available to participants. The event is free to the public.
“This is an excellent opportunity for families to come out and discover the benefits of fishing,” said Jeff Fulop, Salmon-Trout Enhancement Program biologist for ODFW’s North Willamette Watershed District. “Giving kids a chance to catch a rainbow trout at this event is a good way to get them started on a lifetime of enjoying the many outdoor opportunities that Oregon has to offer.”
Recruiting young anglers through events like the upcoming free fishing day at Commonwealth Pond has been identified as a top priority in ODFW’s new 25-Year Angling Enhancement Plan. The plan lays out strategies, actions and pilot projects that ODFW will take to enhance recreational fishing opportunities in Oregon over the next 25 years.
Under the 2009 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations, anglers aged 13 and under do not require a license, while those 14-17 must possess a Juvenile Angling License, which can be purchased from any ODFW vendor for $6.75. All fishing regulations continue to apply for this event.
To get to Commonwealth Pond from Sunset Highway (Highway 26) take Cedar Hills Blvd. Exit south 1/2 mile and turn right on Foothills Drive. Follow Foothills Drive to Commonwealth Park.