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Free trout fishing event for kids at McNary Channel Ponds

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On April 12, ODFW will host a free trout fishing event for kids at the McNary Channel Ponds near Hermiston.
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April 8, 2014

HERMISTON, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and several local partners will host a free youth fishing event at the McNary Channel Ponds near Hermiston on Saturday, April 12.

To give kids the best opportunity to catch fish, the event is open to only youth 12 years old and younger from 10 a.m. to noon.  The ponds will be open for families to fish starting at noon.

The event is open to the public and no pre-registration is required. In addition to ODFW, other event sponsors include the City of Hermiston Parks and Recreation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

“This is a great opportunity to introduce kids to fishing,” said Bill Duke, ODFW district fish biologist. “The McNary ponds provide good access for young anglers and the ponds will be well stocked for not only this event, but throughout the spring.”

Loaner fishing rods and reels, and tackle and bait, will be available for those that don’t have their own gear.

Kids 13 years old and younger can fish for free, but youth 14-17 years of age will need to have a $9 juvenile angling license. Licenses will not be sold on site the day of the event so please plan to buy your license in advance.

To get to McNary Channel Ponds from Hwy 370 in Umatilla, turn north onto Brownell Blvd. (just west of I-82). Proceed to W. Third St. Turn right on Third St. and proceed through the I-82 underpass. The ponds are north of Third St. between I-82 and McNary Dam. There are several well-signed vehicle access points.

For more information about this event, call Bill Duke, ODFW district fish biologist, at (541) 276-2344.




Bill Duke (541) 276-2344
Jessica Sall (503) 947-6023

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