ODFW hosts free fishing event at Mt. Hood college pond Saturday
Children and anglers with disabilities can fish free of charge Saturday at the pond at Mt. Hood Community College.
The pond will be stocked with rainbow trout just prior to the fishing event, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) said in the announcement.
The ODFW will hand out rods, reels, tackle and bait to youngsters who are learning to fish or do not have their own gear.
The event will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at the college's pond at 26000 S.E. Stark St.
Pre-registration is not required.
ODFW staff and volunteer angling instructors will be available to provide assistance on gearing up, casting, landing and other aspects of trout fishing.
Mount Hood Pond is a youth-and disabilities-based permit fishing venue from April 1 through Aug. 31. Adults are welcome to attend the event, but will not be allowed to fish unless they have a current angler-with-disabilities permit, ODFW said.
Children 11 years old and younger do not need a fishing license.
Anglers ages 12-17 will need a youth fishing license that can be purchased from any ODFW license agent for $10. Licenses won't be available at the event, so those who are required to have a permit should obtain one ahead of time.
For other ODFW fishing events and stocking schedules, visit myodfw.com under the "fishing" tab.
— Teresa Carson