Family fishing and derby at Olalla Reservoir
Anglers and their families are encouraged to come out to Olalla Reservoir near Toledo for a fun-filled day of fishing and outdoor activities on Saturday, June 3, which is a statewide free fishing weekend. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Georgia Pacific, in cooperation with the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers, are sponsoring a day of fishing at Olalla Reservoir.
The Olalla Reservoir Fishing Event run 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include a stocked fish enclosure for youth fishing, both youth and adult reservoir-wide fishing derbies, kayak tours, nature hikes and other fun family activities. Prizes will be awarded for the adult and youth fishing derbies, and there will also be a few prizes that every youth participant will be entered to receive. All activities are free.
ODFW will provide rods, reels, tackle, and bait free of charge. People who prefer to use their own equipment are welcome to bring it along. Volunteer angling instructors will be available at the reservoir to help participants set up their gear, cast, reel, and even clean fish.
The event is open to the public, and no pre-registration is required. Anglers do not need a fishing license to fish during free fishing weekend (June 3-4), but all other regulations apply including bag limit and size restrictions.
Olalla Reservoir is a 120-acre reservoir on Olalla Creek about nine miles northeast of Newport. From Newport, take Hwy. 20 east for approximately six miles, then head north on Olalla Road for about three miles. Parking at Olalla Reservoir is reserved for people launching boats. All other participants will need to park at the Toledo High School and ride the shuttle to Olalla Reservoir.
The shuttle will be running between Toledo High School and the reservoir every 15minutes from 8a.m.to 3p.m. Toledo High School is located at 1800 NE Sturdevant Road. There will be signs posted to guide people to the high school from east or westbound Highway 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.