Aspiring anglers reel in free fishing lessons at Alton Baker

Aspiring anglers reel in free fishing lessons at Alton Baker »Play Video

EUGENE, Ore. -- Anglers were out in full force at the Alton Baker canoe canal on Sunday as the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife hosted a free family fishing event.

Around 250 people lined the banks of the canal, and lots of little fishers-in-training learned how to bait hooks, cast lines, and - if they were lucky - land a fish.

KVAL News caught up with one father and son trio who were enjoying a relaxing Sunday afternoon of fishing. Ben McMorran said that his sons Owen and Miles have shown an interested in the sport.

“It’s been great! We have the occasional frustrations … that they don't catch a fish, but so far they've been pretty stationary for an hour which is a blessing for me,” said McMorran.

The Canoe Canal is stocked with fish all summer long and into the fall, and serves as a great place to practice your fishing skills.