This past weekend, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife ( ODFW ) opened up a brand new youth fishing pond in Camp Sherman. The Metolius Pond is located on the grounds of the Old Metolius Hatchery ( not to be confused with the ever popular Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery ), which is located on the aptly named Old Fish Hatchery Road just past the fire house in Camp Sherman.
We happen to have a few avid young anglers in the Bend Outdoors crew, so we checked out the new pond this weekend to see what it was like.
The pond was quite easy to find – you drive as you would to visit Wizard Falls Hatchery – but veer left at the Y in the road towards Camp Sherman. Watch for the Old Fish Hatchery Road sign on the right side of the road, and turn down the red cinder road.
At the end of the road it would seem you are pulling up to someones house, but an ODFW sign will let you know that you have arrived. There is a decent amount of parking, but I imagine that the lot will fill up as word gets out about the new pond. There is one paved accessible parking place in the lot too, which was great to see. And there is a trash dumpster in the lot to discard of trash that you create or pickup during your visit.
The Metolius Pond
The pond looks new ( as expected ) – there is fresh landscaping around the pond, and strategically placed rocks along the shoreline which make for excellent casting stations for the kiddos. In the trees along the NE side of the property are a few picnic tables, and a vault toilet. A wide gravel path encircles the entire pond, and due to the lack of large foliage, little anglers can cast from anywhere along this path.
One of our little anglers landed a really nice 14″ rainbow on her fly rod, and the other caster in the bunch had a few bites! Not a bad outing by any stretch, though it sounds like the fishing was slow for everyone we talked to. The wind was likely part of the problem as that made casting quite difficult:
The pond is open for children aged 17 and younger, and also for anglers with a disabilities license. Children 11 and under can fish for free, while the older kids in your crew will need a Youth License which can be purchased for $10 on your way to the pond at Fly Fisher’s Place in Sisters ( or any ODFW licensing location ).
Each angler can retain two fish per day if they so desire – or they can catch as many as they want and put them back for others to enjoy the fun. The pond is open sunrise-sunset… no word on dates of operation, but I imagine the pond will freeze in the winter which will shut down access until thaw-out.
Enjoy this great resource with a little angler buddy of yours – I’m certain you will love it! Be sure to share photos with us if you go by tagging
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