April 17, 2013
CHARLESTON, Ore. – A Family Fishing Event is set for Saturday, April 27 at Middle Empire Lake near the campus of Southwestern Oregon Community college. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is partnering with the Child Advocacy Center to host the event which is part of the annual “Family Fun Day.”
The event features a fishing clinic where families can learn about fishing. Once completing the clinic, kids can fish in an enclosure in the lake that will be stocked with 6,000 rainbow trout. Fishing in the enclosure begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m.
“This is one of the best community events of the year,” said Tom Rumreich, ODFW STEP biologist. “There’s fishing, fun and many giveaways.”
Anglers 13 years of age and under can fish for free and those 14-17 need a juvenile angling license. All state fishing regulations continue to apply.
The mission of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is to protect and enhance Oregon's fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations. The agency consists of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, a commission-appointed director and a statewide staff of approximately 950 permanent employees. Headquartered in Salem, ODFW has regional offices in Clackamas, Roseburg, Bend, and La Grande with ten district offices located throughout the state. For additional information, please visit www.dfw.state.or.us.