BEND, Ore. – Young people interested in fishing can join the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for a free youth fishing event on Saturday, May 29 at Pine Nursery Pond, located at Pine Nursery Park in Bend.
From 9 a.m to noon the department will provide loaner rods, reels and tackle to young anglers and ODFW staff will be on hand to help participants learn how to bait a hook, cast a rod and land the catch. The event is open to all anglers 17 years old and younger.
To supplement the resident bluegill population in the pond, ODFW will stock 600 legal-sized and a number of trophy-sized rainbow trout into Pine Nursery Pond prior to the event.
“This is our first fishing event at the new Pine Nursery Pond,” said Jen Luke, STEP biologist for ODFW. “We want to introduce this local fishing pond and provide a special event for young people and their families”
Children 13 years of age and under can fish for free. A juvenile angling license is required for youth 14-17 years of age. All state angling regulations apply for this event.
Pine Nursery Pond is located in NE Bend between Purcell, Deschutes Market and Yeoman roads.
From Highway 97, take Empire Blvd Exit and travel east on Empire Blvd for 1.5 miles. Turn left on Purcell and go1900 feet, to Yeoman, turn right on Yeoman and travel 700 feet. Turn right towards the park, and then left to parking lot that leads to pond.