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Youth fishing event slated for Saturday at Canby Pond

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - More than 1,000 rainbow trout will be waiting in the waters of Canby Pond from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday when the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife rolls out a free youth fishing event.

A feature of the ODFW Outdoors Program, this youth-only fishing event is designed to introduce kids to fishing. To ensure that every youngster has a good chance of catching fish, ODFW will release 1,000 rainbow trout produced especially for this event at Roaring River hatchery near Scio. The fish will range in size from 8-inch “legals” to two-pound “lunkers.” This will be the third stocking at Canby Pond so far this year.

Participants are welcome to take their own fishing equipment if they prefer. For those without fishing gear, ODFW will provide rods, reels, tackle and bait on a first-come, first-served basis.

“We hope kids will take advantage of this opportunity to get out and find out what fishing is all about,” said Jeff Fulop, ODFW biologist. “We’ll have everything you need for an enjoyable day of fishing – plenty of equipment, experienced instructors and lots of fish. The best part is it’s free.”

Canby Pond is one of Oregon’s only youth-only fishing venues. It is open to youngsters ages 17 and under as well as persons with disabilities who possess a current Oregon Disabilities Hunting and Fishing License.

Children 13 years old and younger do not need a fishing license. Those 14-17 do need a license and can buy them for $9 at any ODFW license agent, ODFW office or online at ODFW’s website. Licenses will not be issued at the event so those who are required should obtain one ahead of time.

Canby Pond is a one-acre pond located at Canby’s Community Park. In addition to trout, the pond contains largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill.