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ODFW to host three fall family fishing events in October
September 22, 2011


CLACKAMAS, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host three family fishing events during the month of October in the North Willamette Valley.

These will be the last Family Fishing Events of the year and will take place at the following locations and dates:

St. Louis Ponds Oct. 1
Mt. Hood Pond Oct. 8
Canby Pond Oct. 22

Hours for all three events are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

These events are free and ODFW staff and volunteers will be on hand to assist youngsters who want to learn how to fish. The event at St. Louis Ponds had been scheduled for Sept. 24 but was postponed until Oct. 1 due to unseasonably warm water.

ODFW will release approximately 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout (appr. 8 inches) and 200 “pounders” (appr. 16 inches) in each of the three venues. At St. Louis Ponds, the fish will be placed in Pond #6. The bag limit is five fish. The department will provide equipment including rods, reels and bait for youngsters who need these items. Angling Education instructors will be present to answer questions and offer assistance to less experienced youth anglers.

Under Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations, anglers ages 13 and under can fish for free while those 14-17 will need to have a juvenile angling license, which are available for $9 at ODFW field offices and license outlets. Licenses will not be sold at the Family Fishing Events.

About the venues:

ST. LOUIS PONDS – St. Louis Ponds is a 54-acre complex of seven ponds owned and managed by ODFW. In addition to stocked trout, the ponds contain several species of warmwater fish, including largemouth bass, catfish, bluegill, crappie and sunfish. The ponds are located 13 miles north of Salem and west of Interstate 5. To get to there from I-5, take the Woodburn exit. Then go east to Hwy. 99E. At Hwy. 99E, head south to Gervais Road. Go west on Gervais Road through the town of Gervais. The road eventually changes to St Louis Road. Continue west on St Louis Road as it crosses over I-5 to Tesch Road, at the railroad crossing. Go left on Tesch Road and follow the signs to the ponds.

MT. HOOD POND – Mt. Hood Pond is a 5-acre trout pond on the campus of Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham. From Portland, take I-84 East, exit 16 for 238th Dr. toward Wood Village. Proceed to Mt. Hood Community College. Go to the south end of the main parking lot off of SE 257th.

CANBY POND – Canby Pond is a 1-acre pond located on the south end of Canby in Canby City Park. The park is south of Hwy 99E and adjacent to the Molalla River. This pond contains trout, largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill.




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

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