NEWPORT, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and several of its partners are sponsoring a fun day of fishing and other outdoor activities at Olalla Reservoir near Toledo, Ore. on Saturday, April 26.
The Olalla Reservoir Fishing Derby and Earth Day Event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include both youth and adult fishing derbies, kayak tours, nature hikes and other family-oriented outdoor activities. Joining ODFW as event sponsors are Georgia Pacific, the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers and several other local organizations and businesses.
“We have a full slate of fun activities planned at Olalla Reservoir,” said Christine Clapp, family fishing event coordinator for ODFW’s North Coast Watershed District. “We’re excited about this event and encourage everybody to come out and join us for a great day on the water.”
To ensure there are plenty of fish, ODFW will stock the reservoir with more than 5,000 rainbow trout ranging from 10-16 inches. Some of these fish will be placed inside an enclosure reserved for youths under the age of 18. The remainder will be released outside the enclosure for general fishing and reservoir-wide youth and adult fishing derbies. There are no entry fees for the fishing derbies and prizes will be awarded. Clapp said there should be enough prizes for all of the youth participants to go home with something.
ODFW will provide rods, reels, tackle and bait free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis to anybody who wants it. People who have their own gear are welcome to us that instead, if they’d rather. Volunteer angling instructors will be available to answer questions and assist anybody who wants help setting up or using their gear or cleaning their catch. Non-anglers can enjoy kayaking, hiking or a variety of other hands-on activities at the reservoir, according to Clapp.
“We want to make this as fun and easy for everybody as possible,” she said. “All you have to do is show up.”
The event is open to the public, and no pre-registration is required. Anglers 13 years old and younger do not need a fishing license. Anglers 14-17 years of age will need a juvenile fishing license, which can be purchased for $9 at any ODFW license agent, ODFW office or on-line at ODFW’s website (www.dfw.state.or.us). Everybody else must have an adult fishing license. Licenses will not be sold at the event so individuals planning to participate should obtain their licenses ahead of time.
Parking is limited, so take the shuttle
.Parking at Olalla Reservoir is reserved for people launching boats. All other participants will need to park at Toledo High School and ride the shuttle to Olalla Reservoir. The shuttle will be running between Toledo High School and the reservoir every 15 minutes from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Toledo High School is located at 1800 NE Sturdevant Road, about five miles from the reservoir. There will be signs posted to guide people to the high school from east or westbound on Hwy. 20.
Olalla Reservoir is one of more than 350 water bodies in Oregon that ODFW regularly stocks with trout. Persons interested in fishing can explore many other opportunities by perusing ODFW’s stocking schedules, maps, guides and other resources at ODFW’s website, located at www.dfw.state.or.us under the “Fishing” tab.
Christine Clapp (503) 265-8306, ext. 253
Rick Swart (971) 673-6038