National Forest plans two free fishing clinics for kids
The Mt. Hood National Forest is hosting its annual Free Youth Fishing Clinics for children 17 years and younger, but young adults and parents will also find the events fun and interesting.
• The Hood River Ranger District clinic is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 18 at the Middle Fork Irrigation Pond on Laurance Lake Road in Parkdale. (See the map.) The Hood River clinic is intended for children 11 and younger.
• The Clackamas River Ranger District clinic is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 1 at Small Fry Pond at North Fork Reservoir, seven miles south of Estacada on Highway 224. (See the map.) The Clackamas River clinic is intended for children 17 and younger.
Children will have the opportunity to learn from an experienced angler how to cast and how to fish.
Both clinics will include other activities, such as fish-related arts-and-crafts, fly-tying, a fishing derby and other games with prizes donated by local businesses. Kids also can learn about the life cycle and anatomy of salmon, aquatic insects, watersheds and aquatic ecosystems. Refreshments will be available at both events courtesy of local businesses and partners.
"While this fun family event is an opportunity for kids to try their hand at fishing it also gets them outdoors where they can learn firsthand about fish and the importance of taking care of water resources," said Jane Dalgliesh, a fish biologist for the Mt. Hood National Forest.
Children should bring lunch, warm clothing, a rod and reel if possible, and a cooler to bring home their catch of the day. Limited quantities of rods and reels along with bait will be provided. Children 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult, and licenses are required for anyone 12 years and older. These are not available at the events.
The events are held in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Trout Unlimited, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Middle Fork Irrigation District.
For more information, call Dalgliesh at 503-630-8801, or Caitlin Scott at the Hood River Ranger District at 541-352-1221.