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Howard Prairie hosts ODFW Family Fishing Event

May 5, 2016

ROSEBURG, Ore – Outdoor fun is on tap for the ODFW Family Fishing Event at Howard Prairie Reservoir on Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

ODFW just stocked 5,725 legal-sized rainbow trout and 400 trout that average more than two pounds each. The 115,000 fingerling rainbows stocked last fall should be catchable.

“This event is a way to encourage families to get up in the mountains, visit Howard Prairie Reservoir, and have fun fishing together” said Ryan Battleson, ODFW’s Rogue Fish District STEP biologist. “These events give parents an opportunity to enjoy a day of outdoors with their kids.”

Rods, reels, tackle and bait are provided by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to make learning how to catch fish as fun and easy as possible. Volunteers and ODFW staff can answer questions and demonstrate effective fishing techniques.

Two 30-minute talks are also offered in a covered area at the marina. Learn about the birds of Howard Prairie at 10 a.m., and at 11 a.m., get trout fishing tips for the reservoir including bait fishing from shore, trolling techniques, and proper catch and release techniques.

Kids 11 and younger can fish for free while those 12 to 17 and adults need an Oregon angling license to fish. A new Youth License for 12 to 17-year-olds costs just $10 and is good for hunting, fishing, and shellfishing. Only day licenses can be purchased at Howard Prairie Resort. All State fishing regulations continue to apply.

A feature of the ODFW Outdoors Program, this free fishing event is designed to introduce kids and their families to fishing. Howard Prairie is one of more than 350 water bodies in Oregon that ODFW regularly stocks with trout. Check www.odfw.com for stocking

schedules, maps, guides and a full list of Family Fishing Events throughout the state.

Directions to Howard Prairie Reservoir: Take I-5 S to Exit 14. Take OR-66 E for almost one mile. Left on Dead Indian Memorial Rd. for about 17 miles. Right on Hyatt Prairie Rd. Go about 3.5 miles to resort entrance.

Jackson County has several campgrounds and a resort at the reservoir. There is an angling jetty, accessible fishing platform, boat ramps, full-service marina and boat rentals. The reservoir is about 30 minutes east of Ashland.

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Contact

Ryan Battleson, 541-826-8774
Meghan Dugan, 541-440-3353

 
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