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Free Fishing Weekend family event June 6 in Eugene

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Anglers line up along Alton Baker Canoe Canal in Eugene for a free fishing event hosted by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Another family event will take place at the canal during Free Fishing Weekend on Saturday, June 6.
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

EUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a family fishing event at Alton Baker Canoe Canal in Eugene on Saturday, June 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This event will take place in conjunction with Free Fishing Weekend, when ODFW allows adults and children to try fishing, crabbing and clamming anywhere in Oregon without having to purchase a fishing license or tag.

The Canoe Canal will be well-stocked for the Saturday family fishing event, and ODFW will provide loaner rods, reels, tackle and bait to those who do not have their own gear. Participants are also welcome to bring their own equipment if they prefer. ODFW staff and experienced volunteers will be on site to help participants learn basic angling skills.

“We are excited to provide a family-friendly activity in a location that can be fished nearly all year,” said Shannon Richardson, ODFW biologist. The canoe canal is stocked throughout the summer and into fall, providing easy access and plenty of opportunity to families who want to practice their new fishing skills on their own. Cabela’s will once again partner with ODFW to offer casting instruction.

This family fishing event is part of the ODFW Outdoors program and is designed to introduce young people and their families to fishing. ODFW hosts 34 of these events around the state each year and stocks more than 300 lakes, ponds and streams with trout.

Alton Baker Canoe Canal is within Alton Baker Park and can be accessed off of Club Road in Eugene. The fishing event will take place about 250 yards upstream of the bridge over the canal at the entrance to the park. Follow the gravel pedestrian path from the road up the canal to the event.

For more information about the event at Alton Baker Canoe Canal, call the ODFW Springfield office at (541) 726-3515. To find out more about other fishing events throughout the state, visit the ODFW website at




Shannon Richardson (541) 726-3515, ext. 28
Rick Swart (971) 673-6038

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