Anglers attend Magone Lake workshop

<I>The Eagle/Jack H. Smith</I><BR>Jami Pederson practices her fly skills Saturday, July 18, at Magone Lake near John?Day.

JOHN DAY - A dozen outdoor enthusiasts from across the state visited Magone Lake Saturday, July 18, to participate in an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife fishing and floating workshop.

ODFW Northeast region education coordinator Mary Hoverson said the workshop is designed to help anglers take fly fishing to another level.

ODFW provided pontoon boats, float tubes, kayaks and rods for the 12 who attended the event.

"We provide all the materials to see if they like it before they go out and spend money," Hoverson said.

Ron Kittleson said he traveled from Salem because he hadn't been fishing in years, and wanted to use the equipment before he goes out and buys it.

The workshop is part of ODFW's outdoor education program. Hoverson said this was the fourth fishing and floating workshop at Magone Lake.

"I haven't been fishing in a long time," explained Jami Pederson.

Pederson traveled with her mother from Wilsonville, to brush up on her angling skills.

Jamie Davenport of Bend had been to a similar class before, and wanted to try the different water crafts. She even caught two fish during the morning session. Unfortunately, they weren't of legal size and she had to release them.

Hoverson added ODFW will soon be working on the schedule for next year's summer programs.

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