ODFW will host Family Fishing Event at Devils Lake April 22

NEWPORT, Ore. — Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a Family Fishing Event Saturday, April 22 at Devils Lake in Lincoln City.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Regatta Park. ODFW will stock the lake with rainbow trout prior to the event, including 3,000 fish that will be released in a large net pen reserved for youth fishing.

ODFW staff and volunteers will be present to hand out equipment, and be available to teach youngsters how to bait, cast, and “reel in” their catch. Youth will be able to keep two fish from inside the fish enclosure. These events are intended to help families learn how to fish together and get outside.

Adults can get tips on basic rigging, fish identification and casting.

“This will be our fourth annual event at Devils Lake,” said Christine Clapp, fish biologist in Newport. “It’s still a relatively small event compared to some others, so it’s a great opportunity to get your kids out fishing without the lines that form at some of our other events.”

April 22-23 is also the first Free Fishing Weekend of the year. On these two days, Oregonians and visitors can fish, crab and clam for free anywhere in Oregon without a license, tag or endorsement. This is the first of eight free fishing days in Oregon this year. Additional free days are June 3-4, Nov. 25-26, and Dec. 31 – Jan. 1.