Free Youth Fishing Clinics on the Mount Hood National Forest

Media Contact: Laura Pramuk 503-668-1791

The Mount Hood National Forest will be hosting its annual Free Youth Fishing Clinics starting on May 12 for the Barlow Ranger District and May 19 for the Hood River Ranger District, both kicking off at 8 a.m. and ending at 1 p.m. The Clackamas River Ranger District will host its fishing clinic on June 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the Zigzag Ranger District’s clinic is June 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The clinics are free and are intended for kids 11 and younger, but young adults and parents will also find the events both fun and interesting! Children will also have the opportunity to fish with an expert angler, to learn “catch and release” techniques and to learn how to cast.

Hood River’s clinic will include a wider array of activities, including fish-related arts and crafts, fly-tying, a fishing derby, and other games with prizes and refreshments donated by local businesses. In addition, there will be educational booths set up for kids to learn about the salmon life cycle, aquatic insects, watersheds and aquatic ecosystems.

“This is a great event for the whole family, and an opportunity for kids to not only have fun fishing, but to also learn about the aquatic environment and to be in the outdoors,” said Darcy Saiget, Fish Biologist for the Mount Hood National Forest.

The first free clinic of the season will be on the Barlow Ranger District at Camp Baldwin, located south out on Dufur Valley Road about 17 miles to 76201 Dufur Valley Road; the Hood River fishing clinic will be at the Middle Fork Irrigation Pond on Laurance Lake Road in Parkdale; the Clackamas River clinic will be hosted at Small Fry Pond at North Fork Reservoir, located 6 miles east of Estacada on Hwy 224; and the Zigzag clinic will again be hosted at Trillium Lake, located off Highway 26, approximately 3 miles east of Government Camp. 

Children should bring lunch, warm clothing, a rod and reel if possible, and a cooler to bring home their catch of the day. Limited quantities of rods and reels along with bait will be provided. Children 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult, and licenses are required for anyone 12 years and older. These are not available at the events. 

The events are held in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, along with Boy Scouts of American Cascade Pacific Council at the Barlow fishing clinic. For more information, interested participants may contact:

  • Jane Dalgliesh, Clackamas: (503) 630-8798

  • Chris Rossel, Barlow: (541) 467-5119

  • Kathryn Arendt, Hood River: (541) 352-1217

  • Greg Wanner, Zigzag: (503) 622-2002