October 4, 2013
CLACKAMAS, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a Family Fishing Event Saturday, Oct. 12 at Mt. Hood Pond in Gresham.
This event is part of the ODFW Outdoors program and is intended to introduce young people and their families to the sport of trout fishing. The department will loan out rods, reels, and tackle to individuals who are learning to fish or do not have their own gear. Participants are welcome to bring their own equipment if they prefer. The department will also provide bait and will stock the pond with hundreds of rainbow trout.
The Family Fishing Event is free and open to the public. Anglers of all ages are welcome to participate. ODFW staff and volunteers will be on hand to help participants learn how to set up their rod, cast and land fish. Volunteers will even help clean the catch.
“A few simple techniques is the first step toward building a foundation for a lifetime of fishing enjoyment,” said Jeff Fulop, coordinator of event. “This is a good opportunity to get out, pick up a few skills, enjoy a day on the water and maybe catch a few trout.”
Mt. Hood Pond is a five-acre pond located on the Mt. Hood Community College Campus in Gresham, at 2600 SE Stark Street.
Under the 2013 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations, anglers ages 13 and under do not need a fishing license. Older anglers will need a fishing license to participate and should plan to purchase them ahead of time at ODFW field offices or license agents since they will not be sold at the event.