The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife invites new anglers to take part in its Family Fishing Event Saturday, May 4th at Vernonia Pond from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and ODFW staff and volunteers will be on hand to assist those who want to learn how to fish.

ODFW will provide equipment for the event including rods, reels and bait for those who need it. Angling Education Instructors and volunteers will be present to answer questions and offer assistance to less experienced anglers.  To help make it a successful experience the lake will be stocked with over 4,500 rainbow trout just prior to the event.

“This is an excellent opportunity for all to discover fishing, or for those haven’t fished for a while to reacquaint themselves,” said Ron Rehn, STEP biologist for ODFW’s North Coast Watershed. “We’ll have plenty of experienced staff and anglers at the event to answer any questions and help with instruction.”

Under Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations, anglers ages 13 and under can fish for free while those 14-17 will need to have a juvenile angling license. All fishing regulations continue to apply during this event.

Vernonia Pond is a -acre 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.

Logo courtesy Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

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