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ODFW, Siletz Tribe team up for free youth fishing event

July 9, 2014

Siletz Fishing Day
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians will host a youth fishing event at the tribes’ Lhuuke Illahee Hatchery near Logsden. (Photo by Barb Dudley)

NEWPORT, Ore. – Youth 17 and younger are invited to a free fishing event on Sunday, July 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Siletz Tribes’ Lhuuke Illahee Hatchery near Logsden.

The event is sponsored by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. It will take place at Rock Creek Pond, which is located next to the hatchery.

A feature of ODFW’s Outdoor Program, the event will include everything participants need to fish, including rods, fly rods, reels, tackle and bait. Volunteer instructors will be on site to demonstrate how to gear up, cast, land, and even clean fish. To ensure that everyone has a good chance of catching fish, ODFW will release 500 rainbow trout for the event.

“This is a great opportunity to get out and take the kids fishing in a beautiful setting,” said Christine Clapp, ODFW fish biologist in Newport. “We’re pleased to be able to work with the Siletz Tribe to make this happen.”

Youngsters under the age of 14 years old will not need a fishing license. Those 14 to 17 will need a youth fishing license, which can be purchased for $9 at ODFW field offices, license agents, and on-line at www.odfw.com. Licenses must be purchased in advance as they will not be sold on-site the day of the event. Admission is free, and participants must be accompanied by an adult. Anglers are subject to a 3-fish bag limit.

To get to the Lhuuke Illahee Hatchery from the coast via Highway 20, take Highway 229 north to Siletz and turn right (east) on Logsden Rd. The hatchery is 5 miles past the Logsden Store on the right (milepost 13). Parking will be available as marked along the Logsden Road.

If driving from the I-5 corridor, take Highway 20 west to Blodgett, and then go north on the Summit Highway (Hwy. 180) toward Nashville.  From Nashville, go north on the Logsden Road (Hwy. 410) for about 9 miles.  The hatchery will be on your left near milepost 13.

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Contact:
Christine Clapp (541) 265-8306 ext. 253
Rick Swart (971) 673-6038

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