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Catching that first fish at Rainbow Trout Farm

May 17, 2017 | Jarrod Lyman

They say a bad day fishing beats a good day working. What if you could guarantee only a great day fishing? Sound impossible? Not at the Rainbow Trout Farm east of Sandy.

The Rainbow Trout Farm is located on 24 beautiful acres near the Whiskey Creek, a tributary of the Sandy River. They have ten ponds (six currently in use) brimming with rainbow trout. And these fish are hungry! You can hardly get your bait in the water before you feel that tell-tale tug of the line. This isn’t napping on the banks of a river fishing. No, this is constant action, you won’t have time to sit down fishing fun.

The best thing about the Rainbow Trout Farm is you don’t need to bring your own equipment, or even have a fishing license. Since the ponds are all on private property, you can fish there without having to purchase the license. Plus, they provide you with a rod and reel and worms. So if you’re just looking to try fishing without making a big investment, then this is the place for you. Of course you can bring your own tackle if you like, should you have lucky pole or reel. (Not that you’ll need that luck.)

We filmed our latest live video out on the trout farm on May 17 and as always had a blast. Moments after the bait touched the water we were bringing in fish. My first one got away, but the second one was a nice 15 inch trout that put up a fun fight as well. Not to be outdone, young angler Ariel caught her very first fish ever just moments later. She beat me in size, though, as hers was just over 15 inches long. She made some special memories at the Rainbow Trout Farm today, like so many other kids. Perhaps it’s time to plan a trip with your friends and family to do the same?

Watch below to see young Ariel in action, and to learn more about the Rainbow Trout Farm.



Jarrod Lyman

Jarrod Lyman has more than 12 years tourism experience. He is currently loving his job overseeing content for the #omht FacebookInstagramTwitterGoogle+ and Pinterest accounts. His work has recently been recognized by the TTRA with the J. Desmond Slattery Professional Marketing Award.