ODFW release – Join ODFW and volunteer fishing instructors at one of the Family Fishing Events coming up around the state this year. ODFW supplies rods, reels, tackles and bait while supplies last and instructors can help kids gear up, cast, land and clean fish. Remember kids age 11 and younger fish free. SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host about 30 different Family Fishing events throughout the state from April to November 2019. Detailed information about these opportunities to take your family fishing can be found here: https://myodfw.com/articles/take-family-fishing All family fishing events are free and open to all ages. Children 11-years old and younger do not need a fishing license. However, those 12-17 will need a youth license, which can be purchased from any ODFW license agent or online via MyODFW.com for $10. Adult anglers will also need an Oregon fishing license. Licenses won’t be issued at the event so those who are required to have one should obtain their license ahead of time. ODFW will also hand out rods, reels, tackle and bait to participants while supplies last. Pre-registration is not required and participants are welcome to bring their own fishing equipment if they prefer. ODFW staff and volunteer instructors will be present to assist with everything from gearing up, casting, landing and cleaning fish. “Family fishing events are wonderful ways for new or beginner anglers to get out and experience fishing,” said Amanda Boyles, ODFW Angler Education Coordinator. “Volunteers and staff are more than willing to help with all fishing-related questions and all you need to bring with you is your license (if you’re 12 or older) and a smile on your face! Good luck, have fun, and say ‘thank you’ to all the ODFW volunteers you see out there because they make these events possible,” Boyles added. Each Family Fishing pond will be regularly stocked with trout by ODFW. Review the Stocking Schedules to find out what’s being stocked throughout the year. Anyone unable to participate in these fishing events can explore many other fishing, hunting or wildlife viewing opportunities at ODFW’s recreation website, including classes and workshops held for all ages, at MyODFW.com. Southwest Zone: May 18, 10 am – 2 pm, Powers Pond, Powers; June 8, 10 am – 2:30 pm, Denman Wildlife Area, Central Point; July 4, 9 am to 1 pm, Mingus Park, Coos Bay; July 20, 9 am to 1 pm, July Jubilee, North Bend.