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The ODFW will stock the MHCC pond with rainbow trout just prior to the free fishing event on Saturday, May 25, in Gresham.

COURTESY PHOTO: ODFW - Rainbow trout, such as this one, will be stocked in the Mt. Hood Community College pond in time for Saturday's free fishing event hosted by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is playing host at a free fishing event for kids and adults with disabilities on Saturday, May 25, at Mt. Hood Pond in Gresham.

This event takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the pond on the Mt. Hood Community College Campus, 2600 S.E. Stark St. Pre-registration is not required.

Fishing at Mt. Hood Pond is restricted to youths 17 years and younger or adult anglers with an Oregon Disabilities Hunting and Fishing Permit from April 1 through Aug. 31 annually, including during Saturday's event.

ODFW is stocking the pond with rainbow trout just prior to the event, and will hand out rods, reels, tackle and bait to those who are learning to fish or do not have their own gear.

Rods are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and participants are welcome to bring their own equipment if they prefer.

ODFW staff and volunteer angling instructors will be available to provide assistance to those who need it.

A fishing license is required for all anglers age 12 and older. Purchase online via the website or at a license sales agent.

Mt. Hood Pond is one of 350 water bodies in Oregon that ODFW regularly stocks with trout. Find out when local lakes are being stocked by visiting the Trout Stocking Schedule.

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