The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's Outdoor Education program heads to Molalla next week to host another fun-filled day of trout fishing at Shorty's Pond.
The annual Family Day at Shorty's Pond will be held Saturday, April 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rainbow trout will be released into the pond, and anglers of all ages will have the opportunity to catch up to five fish ranging about 10 inches or more in length.
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.
"Shorty's Pond is a nice venue, and the community has done of good job of working with us to get it into good shape, which is why we are willing to stock it," said ODFW spokesman Rick Swart. "Shorty's wasn't always open like it is now. It's nice to see some of these community fishing holes maintained. So kudos to the people of Molalla who do that."
Participants can bring their own gear or borrow gear that will be available on site at no charge.
"We will stock the pond in advance of the event so everyone will have a chance to catch a fish," Swart said. "I don't know if we will put the large brood stock in this year."
Shorty's Pond is a four-acre pond located within Ivor Davies Nature Park in in Molalla, across from Heckard Football Stadium. It can be accessed by the Fifth Street Trailhead.
ODFW will have a kiosk at the entrance so families can check out a fishing rod, tackle and bait, he said.
The fishing is free for kids 11 years of age and younger. A juvenile license is required for anglers 12-17 years of age and can be purchased for $9 online at ODFW's website ( HYPERLINK "http://www.odfw.com/" www.odfw.com), or at any ODFW field office or retail license agent.
Adults are welcome to fish with their kids, but must have a valid fishing license in possession. Licenses will not be sold on site the day of the event, so anyone planning to attend should purchase their license ahead of time.
Swart said ODFW will not stock the pond until just prior to the event. In the past a number of adults have fished the pond immediately after the fish release, and before the kids and families arrived for Family Day.
"That is not against the law, but ODFW is aware of the problem, and so a lot of times to counteract that, we wait until the last minute to put the fish in the pond," Swart said. "There is also a proposal to close fishing at that location for two days prior to an event. We are aware adults go in there and fish it hard, but that goes to the ethics of the anglers. There's plenty of fish, so people should wait and leave some for the kids."
For more information about the event at Shorty's Pond, contact Jeff Fulop at 971-673-6034.