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Kids can fish for free at upcoming ODFW event

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Canby Pond, located in Canby Community Park, will be stocked with more than 1,000 trout for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlifes youth angling event April 5. ODFW staff and volunteers will be on hand to provide fishing gear and instruction to interested youngsters.More than 1,000 rainbow trout will be waiting in the waters of Canby Pond on April 5, when the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a free youth fishing event at the city’s favorite fishing hole.

Sponsored by the ODFW Outdoors Program, this youth-only fishing event is designed to introduce kids to the sport of fishing. To ensure every youngster has a good chance of catching a fish, ODFW will release 1,000 rainbow trout raised especially for this event at Roaring River hatchery near Scio. The fish will range in size from 8-inch “legals” to 2-pound “lunkers.” This will be the third stocking at Canby Pond so far this year.

Participants are welcome to bring their own fishing equipment if they prefer. ODFW will provide rods, reels, tackle and bait on a first-come, first-served basis to those without their own equipment.

“We hope kids will take advantage of this opportunity to get out and find out what fishing is all about,” said Jeff Fulop, ODFW biologist. “We’ll have everything you need for an enjoyable day of fishing — plenty of equipment, experienced instructors and lots of fish. The best part is it’s free.”

Canby Pond is one of Oregon’s only youth-only fishing venues. It is open to youngsters ages 17 and younger as well as people with disabilities who possess a current Oregon Disabilities Hunting and Fishing License. Kids 13 years old and younger do not need a fishing license. Those 14 to 17 do need a license and can buy them for $9 at any ODFW license agent, ODFW office or online at ODFW’s website. Licenses will not be issued at the event so those who are required should obtain one ahead of time.

The one-acre pond is located at Canby Community Park in the southwest portion of Canby.

For more information, visit dfw.state.or.us.




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