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ODFW to host dozens of Family Fishing events statewide in 2019

Youth Fishing
Youth Fishing
Join ODFW and volunteer fishing instructors at one of the Family Fishing Events coming up around the state this year. ODFW supplies rods, reels, tackles and bait while supplies last and instructors can help kids gear up, cast, land and clean fish. Remember kids age 11 and younger fish free.
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April 18, 2019

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host about 30 different Family Fishing events throughout the state from April to November 2019. 

Detailed information about these opportunities to take your family fishing can be found here:

All family fishing events are free and open to all ages. Children 11-years old and younger do not need a fishing license. However, those 12-17 will need a youth license, which can be purchased from any ODFW license agent or online via for $10. Adult anglers will also need an Oregon fishing license. Licenses won’t be issued at the event so those who are required to have one should obtain their license ahead of time.

ODFW will also hand out rods, reels, tackle and bait to participants while supplies last. Pre-registration is not required and participants are welcome to bring their own fishing equipment if they prefer. ODFW staff and volunteer instructors will be present to assist with everything from gearing up, casting, landing and cleaning fish.

“Family fishing events are wonderful ways for new or beginner anglers to get out and experience fishing,” said Amanda Boyles, ODFW Angler Education Coordinator. “Volunteers and staff are more than willing to help with all fishing-related questions and all you need to bring with you is your license (if you’re 12 or older) and a smile on your face! Good luck, have fun, and say ‘thank you’ to all the ODFW volunteers you see out there because they make these events possible,” Boyles added.

Each Family Fishing pond will be regularly stocked with trout by ODFW. Review the Stocking Schedules to find out what’s being stocked throughout the year. 

Anyone unable to participate in these fishing events can explore many other fishing, hunting or wildlife viewing opportunities at ODFW’s recreation website, including classes and workshops held for all ages, at

Northwest Zone
April 20, 9 am - 2 pm Hebo Lake Hebo
April 27, 9 am - 2 pm Devils Lake (Regatta Park) Lincoln City
May 4, 9 am - 2 pm Vernonia Lake Vernonia
June 8, 9 am - 2 pm Cleawox Lake Florence
July 7, 9 am - 2 pm Dundas Pond Siletz
Southwest Zone
April 27, 10 am - 2 pm Empire Lakes Coos Bay
May 4, 9 am - 1:30 pm Reinhart Volunteer Park Grants Pass
May 18, 10 am - 2 pm Powers Pond Powers
June 8, 10 am - 2:30 pm Denman Wildlife Area Central Point
July 4, 9 am to 1 pm Mingus Park Coos Bay
July 20, 9 am to 1 pm July Jubilee North Bend
Willamette Zone
April 20, 9 am - 2 pm St. Louis Ponds Gervais
April 20, 9 am - 12 pm Walter Wirth Lake Cascades Gateway Park Salem
April 27, 9am - 2 pm Trojan Pond Rainer
May 4, 9 am - 2 pm Sheridan Pond Sheridan
May 5, 9:30 am - 1:30 pm Alton Baker Canoe Canal Eugene
May 25, 9 am - 2 pm Mt. Hood Pond Gresham
June 15, 10 am - 2 pm Alton Baker Canoe Canal Eugene
October 12, 9 am - 2 pm St. Louis Ponds Gervais
October 19, 9 am - 2 pm Mt. Hood Pond Gresham
November 26, 9 am - 12 pm Walter Wirth Lake Cascades Gateway Park Salem
Central Zone
May 4, 8:30 am - 1 pm Bikini Pond (Mayere State Park) Mosier
May 11, 8:30 - 2 pm Camp Baldwin Dufur
May 18, 8:30 am - 2 pm Middle Fork Pond Parkdale
June 20, 9 am - 12 pm Shevlin Pond Bend
Northeast Zone
April 13, 10 am - 12 pm McNary Channel Ponds Hermiston
May 18, 10 am - 12 pm McNary Channel Ponds Hermiston
July 6, 9 am - 2 pm Jubilee Lake Pendleton



Adam Baylor, (503) 947-6012,
Michelle Dennehy, (503) 947-6022,

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