Thursday, April 26, 2012
TILLAMOOK, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a Family Fishing event Saturday, May 5 at Vernonia Pond from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
ODFW staff and volunteers will be on hand to assist families who want to learn how to fish. The department will loan equipment including rods and reels to individuals who do not have their own, and will also provide bait. Angling Education Program instructors and volunteers will be present to answer questions and offer assistance to those who want to improve their fishing skills.
“This is an excellent opportunity for families to get outdoors and enjoy some trout fishing,” said Ron Rehn, Salmon Trout Enhancement Program biologist for ODFW’s North Coast Watershed.
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, which can be purchased in advance at ODFW field stations and license outlets but not on site the day of the event.
Located at the north end of Vernonia, Ore., on Hwy 47, this site was once the mill pond of the Oregon-American Lumber Company. Amenities include a walk-in camping area with fire pits, restrooms, drinking water, boat ramp (gas powered motors are not allowed), ADA wheelchair accessible fishing docks and restrooms and a children’s playground area.
In addition to hatchery-reared rainbow trout, fish available for harvest include largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead and , at times, surplus hatchery steelhead.