Learn how to fish at Trillium Lake.Get kids hooked on fishing posted on 06/02/2017
If parents are casting about for summer activities for their
children, the Zigzag Ranger District is tipping the scale in the direction of
The district will host its annual Free Youth Fishing Clinic
from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 24 at Trillium Lake, located off Hwy. 26 three
miles east of Government Camp.
“This is a great event for the whole family, and an
opportunity for kids to not only have fun fishing but to also learn about the
aquatic environment and to be in the outdoors,” Darcy Saiget, fish biologist
for the Mount Hood National Forest, wrote in a press release.
The clinic is free and intended for kids 12 and younger, but
young adults and parents are also welcome. The children will have the
opportunity to fish with an expert angler, learn catch and release techniques,
and to learn how to cast.
Children should bring lunch, warm clothing, a rod and reel
if possible, and a cooler to bring home their catch of the day. Limited
quantities of rods and reels along with bait will be provided. Children 12 and
under must be accompanied by an adult, and licenses are required for anyone 13
years and older. Licenses are not available at the event.
Two area clinics were held in May and were deemed a success.
“Forest Service staff are thrilled with how many returning
participants we had from past years and impressed by the participants positive
attitudes and fishing skills,” forest service fisheries technician Cate Dillion
wrote in an email to The Mountain Times.
Local clinic sponsors include Skyway Bar and Grill, Mt. Hood
Skibowl, Welches Mountain Supply and Rhododendron Dairy Queen.
The event is held in cooperation with the Oregon Department
of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
By Larry Berteau/MT