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Old 05-30-2008, 06:11 PM   #1
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For Immediate Release Friday, May 30, 2008

Bonneville Hatchery hosts free youth fishing event

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Bonneville Hatchery, in cooperation with local sponsors, will host its 15th annual Passport to Fishing event on Saturday, June 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This family-focused educational fishing event is one of many fishing activities to be held statewide during Free Fishing Weekend June 7-8. More than 900 children and parents are expected to attend the event.

“This annual fishing event offers a fun and educational environment for the next generation of anglers,” said Greg Davis, Bonneville Hatchery manager.

Children 12 and younger can participate in a series of educational stations on river care, water safety, responsible angling, casting, and fish identification before fishing for one of the 3,700 trout being stocked for the event.

Fishing rods, reels, and tackle will be provided. For those who want to take their catch home, bags and ice will be available. Personal fishing equipment will not be allowed at the event, except specialized equipment for disabled youth anglers.

The statewide Free Fishing Weekend provides opportunities for the public to fish, clam, or crab anywhere in Oregon without a fishing license or tag. However, all regulations related to fishing locations, species, and catch limits still apply. Anglers are invited to go fishing on their own, or participate in one of 40 organized events throughout the state.

“ODFW stocks many other Portland Metro Area lakes and ponds for anglers who want to enjoy Free Fishing weekend on their own,” said Jeff Boechler, ODFW watershed district manager. “This allows many more first-time anglers, youth, and families to experience the joy of fishing.”

For more information about the Passport to Fishing, please call Jennell Hoehne, ODFW volunteer and event coordinator in Clackamas, at 971-673-6008. For more information about statewide Free Fishing Weekend events, check ODFW’s website www.dfw.state.or.us.

Other Free Fishing Weekend Fishing Opportunities in the Portland Area:
Benson Lake will receive about 4,000 fish for Free Fishing Weekend. Benson Lake is in Benson Lake State Park, the exit before Multnomah Falls, off of I-84 going east.
Faraday Lake will receive about 3,000 trout for Free Fishing Weekend. The lake is two miles SE of Estacada, off Highway 224 on the Clackamas River.
Harriet Lake will receive about 5,000 fish for Free Fishing Weekend. Harriet Lake is on the Oak Grove Fork of the Clackamas River. Take U.S. Forest Service roads from Ripplebrook Ranger Station beyond Estacada.
Hartman Pond will receive about 1,250 trout for Free Fishing Weekend. The pond is in the Columbia River Gorge, off the Benson Lake State Park exit going east.
Henry Hagg Lake will receive about 10,000 fish for Free Fishing Weekend. Take Highway 47 south from Forest Grove and head west on the turn-off south of Dilley.
North Fork Reservoir will receive about 8,500 trout for Free Fishing Weekend. The reservoir is located seven miles south of Estacada off of Highway 224.
Sheridan Pond will receive about 1,150 trout for Free Fishing Weekend. Sheridan Pond is located just south of Sheridan. Take Exit 33 off Highway 18 and head south. The pond is in Sheridan Wetlands Park on the left side of the road.
Timothy Lake will receive about 5,000 fish for Free Fishing Weekend if snow melt allows. Timothy Lake is about 40 miles east of Estacada past Mt. Hood. From Highway 224, turn onto U.S. Forest Service Road 57 to U. S. Forest Service Road 58, then 7 miles to lake on narrow gravel washboard road with turnouts.
West Salish Pond will receive about 1,500 trout for Free Fishing Weekend. West Salish Pond is located in Salish Ponds Wetlands Park on the north side of NE Glisan Street, just west of NE 207th in Fairview.

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