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3,000 fighting fish await anglers at Hebo Lake

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will release more than 3,000 feisty rainbow trout into Hebo Lake next week in preparation for a free family fishing event at the popular North Coast fishing destination Saturday, April 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We’re putting a lot of fish in the lake for this event so we hope everyone will come out and take advantage of this opportunity,” said Ron Rehn, family fishing coordinator for ODFW’s North Coast Watershed District. “We’ll have everything you need for a fun day of fishing. All you have to do is show up.”

A feature of ODFW’s Outdoor Education Program, the event is aimed at introducing people to fishing. To make learning – and catching fish — as fun and easy as possible, ODFW will provide rods, reels, tackle and bait at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis. Experienced instructors will be available to answer questions and offer assistance on every aspect of trout fishing, from baiting and casting a rod to catching and cleaning your fish. Anglers are welcome to bring their own gear, if they prefer, and lucky fishermen will be allowed to keep up to five trout, each.

Hebo Lake is a 3-acre lake located within the Siuslaw National Forest approximately 24 miles southwest of Tillamook. As an added incentive to attend the free fishing event, the Forest Service will waive its usual $5 day use fee for admission to Hebo Lake Campground where the event will take place. Amenities at the campground include picnic tables, ADA barrier-free fishing platforms, restrooms, and several hiking trails.

Kids ages 13 and under do not need fishing licenses. Persons 14 and older will need to have a fishing license and should buy them ahead of time as they will not be sold at the event. Licenses are available for purchase at ODFW’s website ( and at it offices and retail license agents.

Hebo Lake is located 3 ½ miles east of the Hebo Ranger Station on the Hebo Mountain Road. From Hebo, take Hwy. 22 ¼ mile east, then turn left onto Forest Road 14.

For more information, contact Ron Rehn at 503-842-2741 or visit ODFW’s website and click on the “ODFW Outdoors” tab.