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Free Fishing Weekend event June 1 at Olalla Reservoir

NEWPORT, Ore. – Anglers and their families are invited to come out to Olalla Reservoir near Toledo for a fun-filled day of fishing on Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Georgia Pacific, in cooperation with the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers.

The event will include a stocked fish enclosure for youth fishing, an adult reservoir-wide fishing derby, and other family activities. All events are free. There will be prizes for both adults and kids, and all youth participants will receive a goody bag courtesy of Georgia Pacific.

ODFW will provide rods, reels, tackle, and bait for the day. People who prefer to use their own equipment are welcome to bring it along. Volunteer fishing instructors will be available to help participants set up their gear, cast, catch and even clean fish.

The event is open to the public, and pre-registration is not required. Anglers will not need a fishing license to fish during Free Fishing Weekend (June 1-2), 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 30 minutes from 8 a.m. to 3 p.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.myODFW.com under the “Fishing” tab.