The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife invites new anglers to take part in its Family Fishing Event Saturday, May 2 at Vernonia Pond from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
ODFW will provide equipment for the event including rods, reels and bait on a first-come, first-served basis. Anglers are also welcome to bring their own gear. Angling education instructors and volunteers will be present to answer questions and offer assistance. Approximately 6,000 trout wiil be released into the pond just prior to the event to improve everybody’s chances of catching fish.
“This is an excellent opportunity for all to discover fishing, or for those haven’t fished for a while to reacquaint themselves with this activity,” said Ron Rehn, fishing event coordinator for ODFW’s North Coast Watershed. “We’ll have plenty of experienced anglers at the event to answer any questions and help with instruction,” he said.
Anglers 13 years old and younger do not need a fishing license while those 14-17 years of age will need a juvenile fishing license that can be purchased for $9. Everybody else must have an adult fishing license or day pass. Licenses will not be sold at the event so individuals planning to participate should obtain them ahead of time from an ODFW license agent, ODFW field office or on-line at www.odfw.com.
Vernonia Pond is a 42-acre former mill pond located in the city of Vernonia. From Hwy 26 west of Portland, take Hwy. 47 north to Vernonia. Follow the highway through town to the pond, which is in a city park just east of the road.