|Some nice stringers of trout are in store for anglers who venture out to Sheridan Pond Saturday for a free family fishing event hosted by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. (Photo by Rick Swart/ODFW)
May 19, 2014
CLACKAMAS Ore. — People interested in catching a trophy trout will have a great opportunity to do so on Saturday, May 24 at Sheridan Pond.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to release 125 brood trout weighing as much as 15 pounds as the main attraction for a free family fishing event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“We’ve got some real monsters going into Sheridan Pond,” said Jeff Fulop, ODFW family fishing event coordinator. “If you want a shot at landing a fish you’ll never forget, this is it.”
In addition to the brood stock, ODFW will release 1,600 8-inch trout and 200 trout ranging from 13 to 16 inches apiece.
“When it comes to a nice selection of fish this is as good as it gets,” said Fulop, who organizes 10 fishing events around the Willamette Valley every year.
A feature of the ODFW Outdoors Program, the free fishing event is designed to introduce kids and their families to fishing. There is no charge to participate in the event and everything a person needs to be successful will be provided – rods, reels, lures, bait and instruction from experienced anglers. People who have their own gear are welcome to bring it along.
“The whole point is to make this as fun and easy as possible for everyone,” said Fulop. “These events give parents an opportunity to enjoy a day of fishing with the kids in a safe, constructive atmosphere.”
Sheridan Pond is a 2 ½-acre pond located on the edge of town. An old mill pond, it has plenty of bank access, parking, and a restroom. To get there take Hwy. 18 to Exit 33 onto Balston Rd. Go south on Balston Rd. approximately half a mile and turn left onto a gravel road leading about a quarter mile to the pond.
Anglers 13 years old and younger do not need a fishing license. Anglers 14-17 years of age will need a juvenile fishing license, which can be purchased for $9 at any ODFW license agent, ODFW office or on-line at ODFW’s website. Everybody else must have an adult fishing license. Licenses will not be sold at the event so individuals planning to participate should obtain their licenses ahead of time.
Jeff Fulop (971) 673-6034
Rick Swart (971) 673-6038