Few things are more exciting for a kid than bringing in their first fish. From the tug of the line to actually landing the fish, it's a milestone in many kids' lives. Mt. Hood Territory is home to some excellent fishing holes targeted at kids so you can get busy making some memories with your family.
The Indian Springs Trout Catfish Farm in Oregon City is very popular with families. They provide all the tackle needed for a fun fishing experience, plus it's on private property so no fishing licenses are required for older kids and parents. You only pay for fish caught, with prices ranging from $3.50 for 8" fish on up to $5.40 for 12 inchers. Kids can try their luck fishing for rainbow trout as well as bluegill, catfish and crappie. They're open Wednesday through Sunday from 8 am to 6 pm. They have no website, but you can call them at 503-631-2318 if you want to learn more.
A little south is the Canby Pond in Canby Community Park. Only kids 17 and under can fish here, as well as anyone who holds a Disabled Angler permit from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The pond is stocked at various points throughout the year depending on conditions. Kids can try for rainbow trout, bass, bluegill and crappie.
Another popular spot is the Rainbow Trout Farm east of Sandy. It's a great place to spend the day, as ten ponds offer a range of opportunities. Some ponds are perfect for kids as the fish bite quickly. If someone wants a bit more of a challenge, head over to pond six where the lunkers live. Trout up to 24 inches live here and generally take a bit of coaxing to bite. The expansive grounds are perfect for a picnic, while the hospitality room complete with built in kitchen is a great setting for a family gathering. They, too, provide all the tackle and clean the fish for you, and no license is required.
If you're looking for some other angling opportunities, be sure to check out our online Fish Finder, which lets you search through a large selection of options to tailor the perfect fishing expedition. If you want to combine that with an awesome camping trip, here's all the campsites in Mt. Hood Territory. Good luck out there and remember, a bad day fishing beats a good day working.