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ODFW to host family fishing event at Mt. Hood Pond
 
May 9, 2011

 

CLACKAMAS, Ore. — Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is hosting a free family fishing event Saturday, May 14 at Mt. Hood Pond in Gresham.  

ODFW and the Mt. Hood Community College Fisheries Program in partnership will stock the pond with 4,500 legal size rainbow trout 200 pounders and two-pounders trout for the event. ODFW will also supply rods and reels for the day in addition to bait, tackle and fish bags for use by youngsters who do not have their own fishing gear. ODFW staff and volunteers will be on site from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to answer questions and provide instruction.

“We’ve got a lot of nice fish going into Mt. Hood Pond for this event,” said Jeff Fulop, Salmon-Trout Enhancement Program biologist for ODFW’s North Willamette Watershed District. “This is a long-standing partnership between ODFW and the college and is a great opportunity for families to come out and see how much fun fishing can be.”

Anglers are reminded that this time of year Mt. Hood Pond is restricted to youths 17 and under as well as individuals who possess a valid Oregon disabilities fishing permit. It is one of only three “youth only” fishing venues in the state and was selected for this distinction two years ago because of its easy access and relative safety. Mt. Hood Pond is a five-acre pond located on the Mt. Hood Community College Campus in Gresham, at 2600 SE Stark Street.

Recruiting young anglers through events like the upcoming family fishing event at Mt. Hood Pond has been identified as a top priority in ODFW’s 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 2011 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations, anglers aged 13 and under do not need a fishing license, while those 14-17 must possess a Juvenile Angling License, which can be purchased from any ODFW office or license agent for $9.

   

Contact:

Jeff Fulop (971) 673-6034
Rick Swart (971) 673-6038

 
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