More than 1,300 rainbow trout released into pond. ODFW and Molalla Steelheaders will be on hand to provide assistance

by: RICK SWART/ODFW - Zane Nilssen caught his first fish ever last week at ODFW's family fishing event in Canby. The action moves to Molalla this week when ODFW teams up with the Association of NW Steelheaders to host another free family fishing event at Shorty's Pond.The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Outdoor Education program heads to Molalla this week to host another fun-filled day of trout fishing.

The action moves to Shorty’s Pond on Saturday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. More than 1,300 rainbow trout will be released into the pond and anglers of all ages will have the opportunity to catch up to five fish ranging from 10 inches to over two pounds.

The Molalla Chapter of the Association of Northwest Steelheaders will join ODFW staff and volunteers to provide rods, reels, tackle, bait, and assistance to anyone who wants to come join in the fun. Participants can bring their own gear or borrow gear that will be available on site at no charge.

“We’re looking forward to another great event with our partners at Shorty’s Pond,” said Jeff Fulop, youth fishing event coordinator for ODFW’s North Willamette Watershed District. “We’ve got a lot of beautiful fish, plenty of equipment, and some exceptional instructors on hand to help out.”

Shorty’s Pond is a relatively new stocked trout fishery. It was added to ODFW’s stocked trout fishing locations two years ago following several years of site improvements completed through the partnerships with ODFW, the Steelheaders, City of Molalla, and civic organizations.

Shorty’s Pond is a 4-acre pond located within Ivor Davies Nature Park in in Molalla, across from Heckard Football Stadium. It can be accessed by the Fifth St. Trailhead.

The fishing is free for kids 13 years of age and younger. A juvenile license is required for anglers 14-17 years of age and can be purchased for $9 on-line at ODFW’s website (, or at any ODFW field office or retail license agent. Adults are also welcome to fish but must have a valid fishing license in possession. Licenses will not be sold on site the day of the event so individuals planning to attend should purchase their license ahead of time.

For more information about the event at Shorty’s Pond, contact Jeff Fulop at 971-673-6034. To find out more about other Family Fishing Events and opportunities throughout the state, go to and click on “ODFW Outdoors.”

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