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Learn to Fish - Steelhead 101 and Broodstock Collection - Troy Oregon

If you've ever wanted to try steelhead fishing but weren't sure how, or you're interested in learning how to fish for steelhead on the Grande Ronde River, we have an awesome opportunity for you! ‌

Every year, ODFW needs people like you to catch fish for our broodstock program. This program is part of our efforts to enhance the returns of our anadromous fisheries by rearing and releasing fish spawned by angler-caught salmon and steelhead. For the second time in Troy, we're partnering with the Association of Northwest Steelheaders (ANWS) to teach a how-to-fish class alongside our broodstock event to give you all the knowledge you need to fish for steelhead! Everyone is encouraged to donate the fish they catch to our broodstock program, but if you catch a legal fish and want to keep it that's okay too. ‌

Your workshop fee includes: instruction, use of ODFW equipment and program materials, and a one-year membership to ANWS. We have all the equipment you need, but if you have your own fishing equipment you are welcome to bring it and we can show you how to use it.‌

This is a two-day workshop!

Day 1: Sign-in is at 3:00 PM on Friday the 13th. On Friday, we will introduce steelhead fishing on the Grande Ronde River and discuss tips and techniques in which to be successful on this waterway.

Day 2: Saturday the 14th, you'll be paired up with fishing instructors to go explore the Grande Ronde and test your skills on its productive steelhead fishery. ‌

Dinner will be provided on both Friday and Saturday, but please bring your own snacks and water. A detailed email of the plan of the day and further instructions will be provided after registration. ‌

Anglers aged 17 years and younger are eligible to participate while accompanied by a registered adult 21 years or older.‌

If you would like to participate in broodstock collection efforts but are not interested in signing up for this workshop, you can still come out and fish! YOU MUST follow this link here (https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/378c32be28b44363a53075d921a03273) to let us know which days you plan to help with broodstock collection efforts.‌

Location - PLEASE NOTE:

This event will occur in a very remote location. THERE IS NO CELL RECEPTION IN THIS AREA and most businesses only take cash!‌ Google Map to Location: https://goo.gl/maps/a79ABu5hqrdQFyMF9

Lodging may be found in cities nearby, but dry camping is recommended. Campsites are available at this workshop/broodstock collection location (the Google Maps location just east of Troy), at Grizz Flats Campground, and at various sites along the river. Please ensure you have accommodations or are willing to camp when you register for this event. Restrooms and showers are available in town. ‌

Each participant MUST have:

Appropriate clothing and footwear. This is an outdoor event. Oregon weather can be unpredictable, so please dress accordingly! Waders are recommended but not required. ‌

If you are 12 and older:‌

A valid angling license, a combined angling harvest tag, and a Columbia River Basin Endorsement are required. ‌

All anglers, regardless of age:‌

A combined angling harvest tag and a Columbia River Basin Endorsement are required.‌

Related Events

Several families fishing at a family fishing event
There are events throughout the state.
Mostly in May and June, sometimes fall.
Times vary, but usually early/mid-morning to early/mid-afternoon.
Free: loaner gear, tackle and bait provided.