GRESHAM, Ore. - Young anglers and their families are invited to an upcoming family fishing day at Mt. Hood Pond, courtesy of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW).
The family day will be held on Saturday, May 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The five-acre pond is located on the Mount Hood Community College Campus at 26000 S.E. Stark Street.
ODFW will be stocking the pond with approximately 4,500 legal-sized rainbow trout and some bigger ones. ODFW will provide all the equipment you need - rods, reels and bait.
"We've got a lot of nice fishing going into Mt. Hood Pond for this event," Jeff Fulop, Salmon-Trout Enhancement Program biologist for ODFW's North Willamette Watershed District, said in a news release. "This is a long-standing partnership between ODFW and the college and is a great opportunity for families to come out and see how much fun fishing can be."
Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations require anglers 14 to 17 to have a juvenile angling license, which can be purchased for $9 at any ODFW office, most sporting goods stores or online. Licenses are not required for kids 13 and under.
This time of year, the pond is restricted to those 17 and under, as well as those who possess a valid Oregon disabilities fishing permit.