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Celebrate National Fishing Week

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Umatilla, Ore. - Four free fishing derbies are being held on the Umatilla National Forest to celebrate National Fishing Week. Fishing instruction, games, snacks, prizes and environmental education activities will be available at each event for children and adults.

National Fishing Week is an annual celebration designed to promote recreational fishing, and conservation of our fisheries resource. Free fishing days, Saturday June 9 and Sunday June 10, are offered by Oregon and Washington statewide. A variety of events are organized, but children and adults participating must bring their own fishing gear, and children must be accompanied by an adult.  

Free fishing derbies on the Umatilla National Forest include:
Saturday, June 9, 2012:
- Twin Ponds - 6 miles southeast of Ukiah, Oregon on Forest Road 52 
- West Evans Pond - west of Clarkston, Washington on Highway 12

Sunday, June 10, 2012:
- Willow Creek Reservoir - just south of Heppner, Oregon.
- Rainbow Lake - 14 miles south of Pomeroy, Washington along the Tucannon River Road (Forest Road 47)

The Twin Ponds Kid's Fishing Derby will be held Saturday, June 9, six miles south of Ukiah, OR on Forest Road 52 (follow signs from Ukiah).  The derby takes place from 8:00 AM to 12 noon.

Food and drinks are provided for everyone who registers and participates. 

Environmental education activities include fish art, a "biggest fish" contest and a casting contest.  There will also be a raffle and other prizes. Sponsors include the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Lady's Auxiliary.  

For more information, contact the District Office at (541) 427-3231.

The Pomeroy Ranger District, in cooperation with the Asotin County Sportsmen, are sponsoring two free fishing activities.  The first  will be held Saturday, June 9, at West Evans Pond, located two miles west on Highway 12 out of Clarkston, Washington.  The second Free Fishing Derby will be held Sunday, June 10, at Rainbow Lake, located adjacent to the Tucannon Fish Hatchery along the Tucannon River (Forest Road 47.)
Registration for both events will begin at 8:00 AM and are open for all children 14-years old and younger.  Prizes will be awarded at both derbies for tagged fish and the "smallest" and "biggest" fish caught.  Hot dogs and pop are provided to all kids who register and participate.

Sponsors include US Army Corps of Engineers and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife along with several local businesses.

 For more information, please contact the Pomeroy District Office at (509) 843-1891. 

The Willow Creek Reservoir Kid's Fishing Derby will be held Sunday, June 10, from 1:00-4:00 PM.  Youngsters 12 years and younger can register the day of the derby at 1:00 PM.    
Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and should bring their own fishing poles and tackle.

Environmental education activities and a casting contest will be held.  Local volunteers will be on hand to offer assistance, expertise, and fishing tips.  Prizes, donated by local merchants and clubs, will be awarded.  

The event is sponsored by the Heppner District's Employee Association.

 For more information contact the Heppner District Office at (541) 676-9187.