Springfield, Ore. -- The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a youth fishing event at the Alton Baker Canoe Canal in Eugene on Saturday, May 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is free and no pre-registration is required.
The event is part of ODFW’s Youth Angling Enhancement Program, designed to introduce young people to the fun of fishing. The department will provide rods, reels, tackle and bait for use by young anglers who are fishing for the first time or do not have their own fishing equipment. Participants should feel free to bring their own equipment if they prefer.
ODFW staff and volunteers will be on hand to help participants learn how to bait the hook, cast the rod and land the fish. Volunteers will even clean the catch. In addition, ODFW is working with the Blue Den Ranch to stock nearly 1,900 rainbow trout, including 700 bigger fish, for the event.
“This is a unique opportunity for new anglers to experience some great fishing right in their own back yard,” said Erik Moberly, ODFW biologist.
Under Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations, anglers 13 years old and younger can fish for free. A juvenile license is required for anglers 14-17 years of age. All other anglers must have an adult fishing license. All fishing regulations will apply.
The Alton Baker Canoe Canal is within Alton Baker Park and can be accessed off of Club Road in Eugene.
The Youth Angling Enhancement Program is made possible, in part, through a partnership with the Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation. For information about the event at Alton Baker Canoe Canal call the ODFW Springfield office at (541) 726-3515. To find out more about other YAEP events throughout the state, go to www.dfw.state.or.us.