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ODFW to Host Family Fishing Event at Vernonia Pond

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.


ODF&W Aware of Cougar Activity

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODF&W) says they are investigating reports that a cougar has been active  in the vicinity of the Linear Trail near Vernonia.

“We are currently in information gathering mode at this point,” said Rick Swart, ODF&W’s Regional Spokesman, during a recent phone conversation. “At this point we have not yet been on the site.”

According to Swart, ODF&W has heard that several people have reported seeing a Cougar  along the Linear Trail, although Swart says ODF&W has not received any official reports of these sightings themselves.  “We’ve heard but not yet confirmed that there are some trail cam photos of this animal and we’re real interested in getting a hold of those, if they do, in fact, actually exist.”

Swart said one of the deciding factors that will prompt a site visit by ODF&W is whether local police request them to provide assistance.  “They [local law enforcement] would be the lead  as far as the public safety aspect of this situation,” said Swart.  “If they deem that there is an issue then we  would provide them with technical support. We could come out but we’re not there yet.”

Swart said his agency is continuing to gather information and encouraged anyone with actual evidence that a lion is in the vicinity to report it to the local police and to ODF&W.

Swart said that ODF&W might consider sending their District Biologist from Sauvie Island to investigate if more proof that a lion is in the area is brought forward.

“We have to treat every one of these reports seriously,” said Swart.


If you live in cougar country

• Learn your neighborhood. Be aware of any wildlife corridors or places where deer or elk concentrate.

• Walk pets during the day and keep them on a leash.

• Keep pets indoors at dawn and dusk. Shelter them for the night.

• Feed pets indoors. Read More

Family fishing comes to Vernonia May 3

VernoniaLakeFishingCostleys-webFamily fishing is coming to Vernonia’s favorite fishing hole on May 3. That’s when the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a free family fishing event at Vernonia Lake, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To ensure that everybody has a chance to catch fish, ODFW will release more than 2,000 rainbow trout into the lake. This will be the third stocking for Vernonia Lake in the past month, bringing the total number of fish released to 8,000. And that’s not all –  Vernonia Lake has a good population of resident warmwater fish, including largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill and brown bullhead. There may even be a steelhead or two, as occasionally ODFW “recycles” some of these prized fish into the lake from its fish hatcheries. Read More

ODFW to Provide Additional Fish for Vernonia

On May 4th Vernonia Lake will host a family fishing event.  Ahead of that event, Oregon Department of  Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) will provide the scheduled   trout stocking of 2500 fish which will occur late next week.

In addition ODFW have been allotted an additional 1000 trout that are surplus from Salmon River Hatchery. They also have about 1000 more fish coming from some fish purchased for special events, including some larger and trophy size fish.

All total there will be about 2000 additional fish in Vernonia Lake above what is on the stocking schedule. According to ODFW the additional fish will also be stocked late next week.