Get hooked on Free Fishing Weekend, June 12-13 (2010)
Park Manager Dennis Bradley is hooked on the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (ODFW) Free Fishing Weekend. He enjoys seeing the excitement on the faces of kids who catch a fish, especially first-timers.
Dennis manages Clyde Holliday State Park, one of 39 destinations for Free Fishing Weekend June 12-13. During what has become an annual Oregon tradition, ODFW allows fishing, crabbing and clamming without licenses and additional tags to encourage adults to take kids fishing. ODFW website
“This is a great event for kids and families,” said Dennis. “We always look forward to supporting this event and helping introduce kids to the joys of fishing.”
Clyde Holliday has a pond tailor-made for young children to catch their first fish. As at other locations, ODFW will supply fishing rods and bait. Local businesses and volunteers add strong support.
Four other state parks help host the event. They are Champoeg State Heritage Area, 27 miles south of Portland; Jessie Honeyman State Park (Cleawox Lake) near Florence; Fort Stevens State Park (Coffenbury Lake) near Astoria; and William Tugman State Park (Eel Lake), eight miles south of Reedsport. See all the events and times
Champoeg has long been a popular location for the event. Park Ranger Mike Niss points to the park’s courtesy boat dock on the Willamette River as the reason. The dock offers one of the most accessible public places to fish on the river.
With equipment and expertise supplied by ODFW and support from volunteers through the park’s Junior Ranger program, Niss says the event offers family fun and teaches some life-long values and skills. “In the end, it’s more than just learning how to fish,” he said. “It’s a great chance to educate young people about the value of a healthy fishery to the river and to teach the basics of water safety.”
OPRD also promotes Free Fishing Weekend by waiving day-use parking permit fees at 17 parks (below).
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