TILLAMOOK, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a Family Fishing Event Saturday, April 21 at Hebo Lake from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
ODFW staff and volunteers will be on hand to assist youngsters who want to learn how to fish. The department will loan equipment including rods and reels to youngsters who do not have their own, and will also provide bait. Angling Education Program instructors and volunteers will be present to answer questions and offer assistance to less experienced fishermen.
“This is an excellent opportunity for anyone to discover fishing, or get reacquainted if they have been away from the sport for a while,” said Ron Rehn, Salmon Trout Enhancement Program biologist for ODFW’s North Coast Watershed.
Under Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations, anglers ages 13 and under can fish for free while those 14-17 will need to have a juvenile angling license, which can be purchased in advance at ODFW field stations and license outlets but not on site the day of the event.
Hebo Lake is a 2-acre lake located 3 ½ miles east of the Hebo Ranger Station on the Hebo Mountain Road. From Hebo, take Hwy. 22 ¼ miles east, then turn left onto Forest Road 14. The U.S. Forest Service, which manages the lake and campground, will waive the $5 day use fee during this event. Overnight camping fees will continue to apply.