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Youth fishing event slated at Mt. Hood Pond in Gresham

May 26, 2015

CLACKAMAS, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a free family fishing event from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 30 at Mt. Hood Pond in Gresham.

A feature of the ODFW Outdoors program, the event is designed to introduce young people and their families to fishing. ODFW will hand out rods, reels, tackle and bait to youngsters who are learning to fish or do not have their own gear. Participants are welcome to bring their own equipment if they prefer. Angling instructors will be on site to provide assistance on everything from gearing up and casting to landing and cleaning fish.

To ensure that everybody has a good chance of catching fish, the pond will be stocked with rainbow trout beforehand.

Anglers are reminded that from April 1 through Aug. 31 fishing at Mt. Hood Pond is restricted to youths 17 and under as well as individuals who possess a valid Oregon Disabilities Fishing Permit. It is one of only three “youth only” fishing venues in the state selected for this distinction because of its easy access and relative safety.

Kids 13 years old andyounger 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’swebsite (www.odfw.com). Licenses will not beissued 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 350water bodies in Oregon that ODFW regularly stocks with trout. Persons who are unable to participate in the Canby youth fishing event can explore many otherfishing opportunities, stocking schedules and locations at ODFW’s website, www.odfw.com, under the “Fishing” tab.

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Contact:

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

 
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