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ODFW plans new youth fishing pond on Spring Creek property

April 7, 2016

BEND, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife wants to turn a non-operational fish hatchery site near Camp Sherman into a youth fishing destination.

The agency is hosting a meeting to talk about their plans to create a small fishing pond and small parking area on the 15-acre property on Spring Creek. The public meeting is on Monday, April 18 at the Camp Sherman Community Hall and begins at 6:30 p.m.

According to Jen Luke, ODFW fish biologist in Bend, the half-acre pond would be stocked with rainbow trout and open only to anglers 17-years-old and younger. In addition, the pond could be used for smolt acclimation and egg hatchboxes as part of the effort to re-introduce Chinook salmon to the Metolius, upper Deschutes and Crooked River basins

“We think a small, youth-only fishing pond would strike the right balance between creating a new fishing opportunity while maintaining the natural environment of the site,” said Luke. “This is the perfect project to be funded by a Restoration and Enhancement grant.”

The Restoration and Enhancement Program (R and E) is grant program that provides $2-3,000,000 per year to fishery projects throughout Oregon. The grant program was established June 29, 1989, when the Oregon Fisheries Restoration and Enhancement Act was signed into law.

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Contact:

Jennifer Luke, 541-388-6366

 
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