EUGENE, Ore. — Families looking to enjoy the great outdoors got a little help from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Sunday. The ODFW holds free family fishing events all over the state, and each year there are two at the Canoe Canal in Alton Baker park.
They provide fishing poles and bate, and help families who might be out fishing for their first time. There are even volunteers who clean the fish people catch, and since they also stock the water with hundreds of trout, there were quite a few fish caught Sunday.
Kelly Reis with the ODFW helps organize the event. When asked what he favorite part is, she said, “The first fish for kids. I mean, there was a kid squealing over there, getting a fish for the first time, and his mom she just couldn’t contain herself. It was really neat.”
There will be another free fishing event at Alton Baker on June 7, which is actually Free Fishing Weekend for the entire state of Oregon.