The Hood River Ranger District will be hosting its annual Free Youth Fishing Clinic on May 18th from 8am to 1pm. The event is intended for children 11 and under, but young adults and parents will also find the event fun and interesting!
Children will have the opportunity to fish with an expert angler, to learn “catch and release” techniques and to learn how to cast. The clinic will include a wider array of activities, including fish-related arts and crafts, fly-tying, a fishing derby, and other games with prizes and refreshments donated by local businesses. In addition, there will be educational booths set up for kids to learn about the salmon life cycle and anatomy, aquatic insects, watersheds and aquatic ecosystems. Food and refreshments will also be provided for free at the event!
Children should bring lunch, warm clothing, a rod and reel if possible, and a cooler to bring home their catch of the day. Limited quantities of rods and reels along with bait will be provided. Children 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult, and licenses are required for anyone 12 years and older. These are not available at the events.
The Hood River fishing clinic will be held at the Middle Fork Irrigation Pond on Laurance Lake Road in Parkdale.