March 24, 2012
|Canby Pond, located in Canby Community Park, will be stocked with more than 1,000 trout for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's youth angling event April 5. ODFW staff and volunteers will be on hand to provide fishing gear and instruction to interested youngsters.
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CLACKAMAS, Ore. — More than 1,000 hearty rainbow trout will be waiting in the waters of Canby Pond on Saturday, April 5 when the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife rolls out a free youth fishing event at the city’s favorite fishing hole.
A feature of the ODFW Outdoors Program, this youth-only fishing event is designed to introduce kids to fishing. To ensure that every youngster has a good chance of catching fish, ODFW will release 1,000 rainbow trout produced especially for this event at Roaring River hatchery near Scio. The fish will range in size from 8-inch “legals” to 2-pound “lunkers.” This will be the third stocking at Canby Pond so far this year.
Participants are welcome to bring their own fishing equipment if they prefer. For those without fishing gear, ODFW will provide rods, reels, tackle and bait on a first-come, first-served basis.
“We hope kids will take advantage of this opportunity to get out and find out what fishing is all about,” said Jeff Fulop, ODFW biologist. “We’ll have everything you need for an enjoyable day of fishing – plenty of equipment, experienced instructors and lots of fish. The best part is it’s free.”
Canby Pond one of Oregon’s only youth-only fishing venues. It is open to youngsters ages 17 and under as well as persons with disabilities who possess a current Oregon Disabilities Hunting and Fishing License. Kids 13 years old and younger do not need a fishing license. Those 14-17 do need a license and can buy them for $9 at any ODFW license agent, ODFW office or on-line at ODFW’s website. Licenses will not be issued at the event so those who are required should obtain one ahead of time.
Canby Pond is a 1-acre pond located at Canby Community Park in the southwest portion of Canby. Access the park by traveling south from Highway 99E on SW Berg Parkway. In addition to trout, the pond contains largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill.
Canby Pond is one of 350 water bodies in Oregon that ODFW regularly stocks with trout. Persons who are unable to participate in the Canby youth fishing event can explore many other fishing opportunities, stocking schedules and locations at ODFW’s website, www.dfw.state.or.us, under the “Fishing” tab.