March 20, 2012
|Students from Tillamook School District plant native vegetation around Loren's Pond near Tillamook as part of a site restoration aimed at improving fish and wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities. (ODFW photo)
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TILLAMOOK, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is holding a public fishing event at Loren’s Pond on Friday, March 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
ODFW will stock the pond with rainbow trout. Fishing rods, reels, tackle and bait will be provided free of charge to anybody who wants to fish the pond. Experienced fishing instructors will be on hand to provide tips on how to set up gear, cast, land, and even clean fish.
Loren’s Pond is a popular recreation site near Tillamook that has recently undergone a transformation. ODFW and several of its partners completed a number of improvements, including new trails and fishing access points, a new ADA-accessible fishing pad and restroom, new picnic tables and benches, and more parking space. In addition, invasive plants have been removed and replaced with native vegetation. The pond has also been deepened in several areas to provide better habitat for fish.
“We’re excited about the improvements that have been made at Loren’s Pond and are anxious to show them off to the public,” said Ron Rehn, ODFW’s Salmon Trout Enhancement Program (STEP) coordinator in Tillamook.
A major portion of the project was funded through ODFW’s Restoration and Enhancement Program (R and E) and a donation from Loren Parks. Other partners included the Tillamook Watershed Council, Tillamook County Schools, Tillamook Anglers, and the Tillamook PUD.
“This is an asset the whole community can be proud of and we want to thank all the people who helped make this possible,” said Rehn.
Anglers 13-years-old and under can fish for free and14-17 year-olds will need to have a juvenile angling license. Juvenile angling licenses can be purchased for $9 at ODFW license agents, ODFW offices and at ODFW’s website. Adults who plan to fish at the event also need a valid fishing license. It is highly encouraged to get licenses in advance as they will not be sold at Loren’s Pond.
Loren’s Pond is a 3.5-acre pond located along the Trask River near ODFW’s Trask River hatchery. From Hwy 6 go west on Olson Rd (near Tillamook). Olson Rd. becomes Trask River Rd. Continue straight as you cross over the Trask River and you are now on Long Prairie Rd. Take the first left onto Chance Rd and travel east 2.7 miles to Loren’s Drift access road. The pond and Trask River are accessed by this road.