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21st annual family fishing event and carnival coming to Waldport

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Family Fishing
Enthusiastic anglers line the dock at Eckman Lake to fish for hatchery trout released for a family fishing event by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. (ODFW photo)

WALDPORT, Ore. – Family fishing is coming to Waldport on Saturday, May 19 when the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and First Baptist Church of Waldport host a family fishing event at Eckman Lake.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for youth ages 17 and younger.  Each participant will be able to catch two rainbow trout from a fish enclosure stocked with more than 2,000 rainbow trout, including 50 “trophy” fish.

“This is the most fun-packed family fishing event on the mid Coast,” said Christine Clapp, ODFW biologist. The First Baptist Church of Waldport hosts a carnival for children of all ages,across the street, so there is plenty to do and see. “Families are bound to make memories that will last a lifetime, said Clapp.

Additional features of the event carnival include a bouncy house, obstacle course, target practice games, cotton candy and lots of other fun activities. Kids can also make their own fishing lures and flies, get some extra cast practice with a backyard game, and learn about fish anatomy and physiology while volunteers clean their catch.

Eckman Lake is located about 2.5 miles east of Waldport on Highway 34. The family fishing area will be set up at Nelson State Recreation Area across from the First Baptist Church parking lot.

The event is open to everyone, and no pre-registration is required. Participants can register at the church upon arrival to get a free goodie bag. Anglers 11 years old and younger do not need a fishing license but 12-17 year olds will need a youth license, which can be purchased for $10 at any ODFW license agent, ODFW office or on-line at ODFW’s website ( Licenses will not be sold at the event. The youth license includes angling, hunting, shellfish and the Columbia River basin endorsement.



Christine Clapp, 541-265-8306 x253
Rick Swart, 971-673-6038

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