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Free Fishing Weekend 2008

Posted by todblog on June 9, 2008

June 8, 2008

This weekend was Oregon’s Free Fishing Weekend. It’s an annual spring event to kick-off the fishing season and a great way to introduce folks to fishing without having to buy a license. I took Jessica to a local reservoir that was stocked with rainbow trout for just this special occasion. The day before, was the big event with lots of prizes for biggest and smallest fish of the hour. A few years ago, Jacob won a rod and reel for a big trout he caught. Last year at a promotional day for Free Fishing Day, Jessica won a tackle box at a local Bi-Mart store just for walking by and spinning the fishing Wheel of Fortune. It was a dandy and I promised to hold on to it for her until she was ready to use it.

We headed over to Cooper Creek Reservoir at 4pm and saw about 100 folks scattered around the reservoir bank and a few boats out too. It was a pretty mid 70’s day with the sun out and people out lighting up barbeques for a nice evening of fishing. A red-tailed hawk circled above us showing-off her prize catch, a snake hanging from her talons as she screeched with pride.

We stayed for a couple of hours and only saw a couple of fish caught. The bite was definitely off at the time but, we had fun just being out together on a nice day. Next time, we’ll bring the boat. We never came close to catching a limit of trout but, one thing’s for sure… my daughter is a keeper!

Jessica fishing on the banks of Cooper Creek Reservoir in Sutherlin, Oregon

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