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Corps offers free fishing clinic at Spearfish Park June 8

Published June 5, 2013

PORTLAND, Ore. – In conjunction with the State of Washington’s free fishing weekend, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites the public to a family fishing event at Spearfish Park, near Dallesport, Wash., on June 8 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Corps Park Rangers, volunteers and partners from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Klickitat Chapter of Trout Unlimited are coming together to provide many outdoor activities for families. Visitors can learn basic fishing skills, such as properly baiting and tying a hook, identifying species of fish, casting and, most importantly, how to be safe around the water.

This event is intended for children and families with beginner levels of fishing experience. A fishing license is not required; however all other sport fishing rules apply, including size and catch limits. Visitors are encouraged to bring their poles, bait and tackle (only a limited supply will be available for use). Please dress for the weather and bring bottled water as potable water is not available on-site.

For public safety, the Spearfish ramp will be closed to boats because anglers will use the boat ramp to access the water. Note that water access at Spearfish Park does not meet ADA requirements.

Spearfish Park is located off U.S. Highway 197 near Dallesport, Wash. From Highway 197, turn east on Dock Road and in approximately 1 mile, the park will be on the left. Activities enjoyed at the lake include; hiking, geocaching, fishing, swimming and wildlife viewing. For more information about Corps recreation areas and activities on the Columbia River, please contact The Dalles Lock and Dam ranger office at 541-506-7819 or visit

Amy Echols

Release no. 13-034