Free trout fishing event for kids at McNary Channel Ponds

HERMISTON, Ore. – ODFW and local partners will host a free youth fishing event at the McNary Channel Ponds near Hermiston on Saturday, April 13.

To give kids who are 12-years old and younger the best opportunity to catch fish, the event is open for that age group only from 10 a.m. to noon. The ponds will be open for families to fish starting at 12 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is not required. In addition to ODFW, event sponsors include the City of Hermiston Parks and Recreation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“This is a great opportunity to introduce kids to fishing,” said Bill Duke, ODFW district fish biologist. “The McNary ponds provide good access for young anglers and the ponds will be well-stocked for this event and throughout the spring.”
Loaner fishing rods, reels, tackle and bait will be available for those who don’t have their own gear.

Kids 11-years-old and younger can fish for free, but youth 12-17 years of age will need to have a $10 Youth License. Licenses will not be sold on site the day of the event so please plan to buy your license in advance, online or at a license sales agent.

To get to McNary Channel Ponds from Hwy 370 in Umatilla, turn north onto Brownell Blvd. (just west of I-82). Proceed to W. Third St. Turn right on Third St. and proceed through the I-82 underpass. The ponds are north of Third St. between I-82 and McNary Dam. There are several well-signed vehicle access points.
For more information about this event, call Bill Duke, ODFW district fish biologist, at (541) 276-2344.