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Family fishing returns to Mt. Hood Pond Oct. 18

Oct. 14, 2014

CLACKAMAS, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host its last family fishing event of the year Saturday, Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mt. Hood Pond.

The event is open to anglers of all ages. ODFW will loan out rods, reels, tackle and bait, while it lasts, free of charge to participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Anglers are welcome to bring their own equipment and bait if they prefer.

To ensure that everybody has the opportunity to catch fish, ODFW will release more than 1,800 rainbow trout into the pond just prior to the event, including a couple hundred “lunkers” weighing in at more than a pound apiece.

“We’ve got a lot of high-quality fighting fish lined up for this event,” said Jeff Fulop, ODFW family fishing coordinator. “As far as outdoor activities go, it’s hard to beat a day of fall fishing in Oregon.”

Kids 13 years old and younger fish for free while persons 14 and older will need a fishing license that can be purchased at any ODFW license agent, ODFW office or on-line at ODFW’s website (www.odfw.com). Licenses will not be issued at the event so those who are required should obtain one ahead of time.

Mt. Hood Pond is a five-acre pond located on the Mt. Hood Community College campus in Gresham, at 2600 SE Stark Street.

Mt. Hood Pond is one of 350 water bodies in Oregon that ODFW regularly stocks with trout that the department raises at its hatcheries across the state. To explore the many other trout fishing opportunities that are available around Oregon, please visit ODFW’s website at www.odfw.com and click on the “Fishing” tab.

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Contact:
Jeff Fulop (971) 673-6034
Rick Swart (971) 673-6038

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