The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Springfield Field Office is hosting a Family Fishing Event Saturday, April 6, in Cottage Grove. Anglers aged 12 and older must have a fishing license but children who are 11 years old and younger can fish for free without a license.
This free event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Row River Nature Park. ODFW will stock the park pond with 2,000 rainbow trout.
The purpose of these events is to encourage fishing and fun for young people and their families. Anglers of all ages are welcome. ODFW staff and volunteers will be on hand to provide rods, reels, bait and advice on casting; as well as fish identification and assistance cleaning fish. Those who have fishing gear are more than welcome to bring their own if they prefer it.
Registration is not required. For anglers 12-17 years of age, a $10 juvenile combination fishing and hunting license is required. Licenses are not available at the event but can be purchased online or at one of ODFW’s license outlets. All fishing regulations continue to apply for this event.
Row River Nature Park is located off Row River Road east of Cottage Grove. From I-5, take the Cottage Grove exit (Exit 174). Head east on Row River Road about 1.5 miles. Turn north into the Row river Nature Park parking area near the weigh station.
To purchase a license on-line, visit ODFW’s website at www.myodfw.com/articles/ways-buy-license
For a list of other family fishing events, visit ODFW’s Outdoor Skills page at www.myodfw.com/fishing/workshops-events
For more information, contact the Springfield Field Office at 541-726-3515.