Oregon: Leaburg Hatchery to host family fishing event June 11

A fun-filled morning of trout fishing and related activities is
in store for youngsters on Saturday, June 11 when the Oregon
Department of Fish and Wildlife hosts the 12th annual family
fishing event at Leaburg Hatchery.

This event has proven to be very popular from its inception,
attracting hundreds of participants to the hatchery located on the
banks of the McKenzie River approximately 21 miles east of
Springfield.

The event will take place at Leaburg Hatchery from 9 a.m. until
noon when two ponds full of rainbow trout will be open to fishing
for children 13 and under. A third display pond full of trophy-size
trout will be open to catch-and-release fly fishing lessons
provided by members of the McKenzie Fly Anglers and Cascade Family
Flyfishers. Educational stations set up around the facility will
provide additional information on aquatic insects, fish species,
and water safety.

Each child will be fitted with a personal flotation device while
fishing. ODFW will provide all equipment, including rods, reels and
bait, and plenty of staff and volunteer instructors will be on hand
to answer questions and offer assistance to participating youths.
The hatchery will even clean the catch and provide a bag and ice
for successful anglers.

“We work hard to make sure this is a positive experience for
everyone involved,” said Seth Morgan, event coordinator.

The event is offered free of charge, but registration is
required. Participants can sign up from 8:30 a.m. until noon at the
Leaburg ball field, which is located near the fire station on
Leaburg Drive, two miles west of the hatchery. A free shuttle
running continuously throughout the morning will take participants
from the registration area to and from the hatchery, since parking
there is limited and will not be allowed at the hatchery or the
nearby Lloyd Knox Park. Private fishing gear is not necessary and
won’t be allowed on the shuttle.

Persons interested in helping out at this event are asked to
contact the hatchery staff at (541) 896-3294 for more
information.

 

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