Oregon: Fishing with the Family

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (ODFW) annual free Family Fun Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 4 at Upper Empire Lake. The day will include fishing, games, activities, and even a free lunch. The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

According to ODFW, Upper Empire Lake will be stocked with 3,000 rainbow trout. The Child Advocacy Center of Coos Bay will set up a mini-carnival, and Northwest Natural Gas is providing lunch.

“This event is for the whole family,” said Tom Rumreich, ODFW fish biologist. “Last year more than 450 people came out and had a great time.”

People are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment as limited rods, reels, and tackle will be available for loan. Additionally, volunteers will be available to help teach novice anglers the basics of fishing.

All fishing regulations continue to apply — children 13 and younger do not need a license, ages 14-17 require a juvenile license, and participants age 18 and older will require an adult license.

The trout stocking was made possible through ODFW’s Youth Angling Education Program which was funded by the Oregon Legislature in partnership with the Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation.

For additional information, visit www.dfw.state.or.us.

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