WALDPORT — Family fishing is coming to Waldport on Saturday, May 16 when the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and First Baptist Church of Waldport host a free fishing event at Eckman Lake.
The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for youth ages 17 and younger. Each participant will be able to catch two rainbow trout from the fish enclosure and fishing gear and instruction will be provided free of charge.
“We’re pleased to be working with the First Baptist Church to bring the 18th annual Eckman Fishing Derby to Waldport,” said Christine Clapp, ODFW Biologist. “This is a great opportunity to take your kids fishing and make memories that will last a lifetime.”
In addition to family fishing, there will also be a carnival at the event, complete with bouncy house, cotton candy and lots of other fun activities. Kids can also make their own fishing lures and flies, get some extra cast practice with a backyard game, and learn about fish anatomy and physiology while volunteers clean their catch.
Eckman Lake is located about 2.5 miles east of Waldport on Highway 34. The family fishing area will be set up at Nelson State Recreation Area across from the First Baptist Church parking lot.
The event is open to everyone, 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.odfw.com). Licenses will not be sold at the event.