Kids’ Fishing Clinic (Mt. Hood NF)
The Mt. Hood National Forest hosts the first of two annual Youth Fishing Clinics May 18, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., on the Hood River Ranger District (see June 1 item for information about the second clinic).
This no-cost fishing clinic is designed especially for children ages 11 and under; but older teens, young adults, and parents are also welcome to participate.
Children will have the opportunity to fish with an expert angler and learn how to cast. Both clinics will include a wide array of activities, such as fish-related arts and crafts, fly-tying, a fishing derby, and other games with prizes donated by local businesses.
In addition, there will be educational booths set up for kids to learn about the salmon life cycle and anatomy, aquatic insects, watersheds and aquatic ecosystems.
Refreshments will provided, courtesy of local businesses and partners!
The Hood River Ranger District youth fishing clinic will be hosted at the Middle Fork Irrigation Pond on Laurance Lake Road in Parkdale, Ore.
“While this fun family event is an opportunity for kids to try their hand at fishing it also gets them outdoors where they can learn firsthand about fish and the importance of taking care of water resources,” Jane Dalgliesh, Fish Biologist for the Mt. Hood National Forest, said.
Children should bring lunch, warm clothing, a rod and reel (if possible), and a cooler to bring home their catch. Limited quantities of rods and reels will be available for children’s use. Bait will be provided. Please note: children ages 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
A fishing license is required for participants ages 12 and older (licenses must be purchased from an authorized state office or vendor prior to arriving for the clinic; they will not be available for sale at the event).
The clinic is being conducted by Mt. Hood National Forest in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Trout Unlimited, USFWS, and the Middle Fork Irrigation District.
For more information, contact: Caitlin Scott, Hood River Ranger District, at (541) 352-1221.