ODFW to host free family fishing event at St. Louis Ponds April 16

St. Louis Ponds - Gervais, OR (Marion County)

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

CLACKAMAS, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife invites you to a family fishing event on Saturday, April 16 at St. Louis Ponds near Woodburn from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration is not required.

The ponds will be stocked with rainbow trout shortly before the event. ODFW will provide equipment including rods, reels and bait for use on a first-come, first-served basis. Angling education instructors and volunteers will be present to answer questions and offer assistance.

Anglers ages 11 and under can fish for free, while those 12-17 will require a youth license, available for $10 at ODFW's website (myodfw.com) and license agents. Adult anglers will need a regular fishing license. Licenses will not be sold on-site the day of the event, so people planning to participate should get their licenses ahead of time.

St. Louis Ponds is a 54-acre complex of seven ponds jointly owned and managed by ODFW and Marion County Parks. ODFW has made a number of improvements at the ponds in recent years, including several ADA-compliant fishing platforms and a paved walkway. An automated entry gate was installed earlier this year, allowing the property to be open all year.

In addition to stocked trout, the ponds contain several species of warmwater fish, including largemouth bass, catfish, bluegill, crappie and sunfish.

St. Louis Ponds is located 13 miles north of Salem and west of Interstate 5. To get there from I-5, take the Woodburn exit and go east to Hwy 99E. At Hwy 99E, head south to Gervais Road. Go west on Gervais Road through the town of Gervais. The road eventually changes to St Louis Road. Continue west on St Louis Road as it crosses over I-5 to Tesch Road, at the railroad crossing. Go left on Tesch Road and follow the signs to the ponds.

More Reports

Currently closed to trout and steelhead fishing. Trout will reopen on May 2
Applegate River

The Applegate River is currently closed to trout and steelhead fishing. Trout will reopen on May 22.   As of March 29,...... Read More

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Thursday, April 7th

Umatilla River: Spring Chinook fishing to open on Umatilla River April 16
: ODFW Recreation Report
Gerber Reservoir: The reservoir remains at 12 percent full
John C Boyle Reservoir: Fishing is improving for warmwater fish as they move into the shallows
Upper Klamath Lake: ishing is slow but will improve in late April
Klamath River - Upper - OR: Klamath River Fishing Report
Lake Of The Woods: The lake is mostly ice-free but with a very thin layer of ice in some areas
Pilcher Reservoir: The reservoir is now ice-free
North Fork Sprague River: Flows are high at 187 cfs
Wolf Creek Reservoir: The ice is gone from Wolf Creek Reservoir
Wood River: Fishing for brown trout should be good on opening day
Agate Lake: The reservoir has a good concrete boat launch and is 97 percent full
Applegate Reservoir: The lake elevation is now high enough that Copper boat ramp is now usable
Ben Irving Reservoir: Ben Irving was stocked with trout a couple weeks ago
Cooper Creek Reservoir: Cooper was stocked two weeks ago, meaning there should be lots of trout available
Coos River: The winter steelhead fishing season is still officially open
Coquille River: The winter steelhead fishing season is still officially open
Diamond Lake: With a mix bag of weather its hard to say how the fishing will be at Diamond
Emigrant Reservoir: The reservoir is currently at 12 percent
Expo Pond: Expo pond received another 1,500 legal rainbow trout the week of April 4
Fish Lake : The reservoir is slowly filling
Floras Lake: Recently stocked, anglers could potentially pick up some nice-size rainbows or native resident cutthroat trout
Garrison Lake: Just last week, 500 trophy rainbow trout went in
Howard Prairie Reservoir: The lake has no ice, but access is limited
Hyatt Lake: Open water is available but the reservoir still extremely low
Illinois River: The Illinois is closed to trout and steelhead
Lake Selmac: Weed growth is down and all boat ramps are accessible
Lemolo Lake: Lemolo is starting to fill, but the boat ramps are currently closed
Rogue River- Lower: Fishing conditions are low and clear
Rogue River - Middle: Anglers are still catching spawned out “kelt” or down-runners
Rogue River- Upper: Winter steelhead are being caught in the upper Rogue on a regular basis
Tenmile Lakes: The winter steelhead fishing season is still officially open, but most anglers have called it quits for the season
Umpqua River: Anglers seem to be finding a decent number of striped bass in the lower section of the river
North Umpqua River: Anglers are still doing fairly well with winter steelhead
Willow Lake: Willow Lake received another 4,000 legal rainbow trout on April 4
Alsea River: Winter steelhead fishing is winding down on the Alsea
Kilchis River: The Kilchis River is still a little on the low side but has good color
Nehalem River: Mainstem is still a little off color following last weekend’s rain but is on the drop
North Fork Nehalem River: The North Fork Nehalem blew out on Monday but has already dropped back into shape
Nestucca River: The Nestucca is in prime condition
Salmon River: Winter steelhead fishing closed on the Salmon on March 31
Siletz River: Winter steelhead fishing is starting to slow down for the season on the Siletz
Trask River: The Trask is in prime condition following last weekend’s rain
Wilson River: The Wilson blew out on Monday but dropped quickly and is back in shape
Blue River Reservoir: Will be stocked this week with 1,200 rainbow trout
Clear Lake: Stocking will resume later this spring
Dexter Reservoir: Will be stocked again this week
Foster Reservoir: The water level in the reservoir is currently low in order to provide flood storage
Hills Creek Reservoir: Hills Creek Reservoir will be stocked again this week
Junction City Pond: The pond will be stocked this week
Leaburg Lake: Leaburg Lake is open to fishing all year
Quartzville Creek: Quartzville Creek Fishing Report
Santiam River ( North Fork) : Trout season will start back up again on May 22
Santiam River (South Fork): Fishing with bait is only allowed between April 22 and Oct 31
Timber Linn Lake: It will be stocked this week with about 1,000 hatchery trout
Pine Hollow Reservoir: Pine Hallow Rainbow Trout
Imnaha River: Imnaha River Fishing Report
Willow Creek Reservoir: Willow Creek provides a great early season opportunity for anglers
Brownlee Reservoir: Anglers in the Powder River arm have recently had good catches of bass
Oxbow Reservoir: Anglers have been successful catching bass in Oxbow Reservoir
Hells Canyon Reservoir: Fishing pressure has been light on Hells Canyon Reservoir