The public is invited to the Olalla Reservoir Fishing Derby on Saturday, April 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine.
The free annual derby is sponsored by Georgia-Pacific (GP), the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The reservoir is located north of Toledo off Highway 20.
Fun activities include free fishing for youth under age 11. Participants 12 and older must carry a fishing license to comply with state regulations. Volunteers will be available to teach fishing and fish cleaning. Learning booths will provide hands-on instruction and other activities. Food will be available for purchase from Siletz Valley Boosters.
Adults are eligible for prizes for heaviest fish of the day and first, second and third heaviest legal stringers of fish. The first 200 youth to sign up will receive gift bags from GP and drawings for other gifts will be held throughout the day.
Boat launching is available at the reservoir with limited parking starting at 8 a.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. To enter the reservoir, participants must have a parking pass or be towing a boat. All other participants may park at Toledo High School, 1800 NE Sturdevant Road. A free shuttle service will operate between the school and the reservoir at 20-minute intervals from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
GP offers the Olalla Reservoir to the public for daytime recreation and the site is use-at-your-own-risk. No alcohol, smoking, hunting, open fires or gas-powered boat motors are allowed at the reservoir. Dogs must be kept on leashes and owners are encouraged to clean up after them.