Fishing at Horning’s Hideout
This week, we take you to Horning’s Hideout to experience the easiest fishing near Portland, learn how to clean a trout from a professional, and see the other offerings around the private lake.
Hornings hideout is a private lake nestled in the mountains north of North Plains, a 25 mile drive from Portland. It is the perfect place to take kids fishing because no license or gear is needed – just show up with your kids! Our first experience at Hornings hideout was with a first grade field trip and the fact that every first grader caught a fish that day gives you an idea of the difficulty level here.
Before you head out, check their website or call ahead – sometimes the entire place is booked out for concerts or other events.
When you arrive, there is a $4 per person fee for using the grounds – which includes fishing rods, bait and supplies. Find a place to park in the ample parking area. To go fishing, stop off at the trouthouse to pick up your supplies.
While we started fishing from the island, we weren’t catching anything so we moved next up the lake next to the bridge – and that’s when things go exciting.
Once you have caught your fill, take your supplies and fish back to the trouthouse to have your fish weighed. You pay by the pound before cleaning. We caught five fish totaling 3.4 pounds and were charged $24 (that $7/pound – prices may change). Then clean your fish at the fully equipped cleaning station. We were fortunate enough to have the owner present to give us a professional lesson.
To make your trip easier, we recommend bringing a cooler with a picnic lunch. There a picnic tables located around the lake. You can also use the cooler to keep your fish cold on the drive home. We also recommend bringing along some extra rags for fishing (or ask for them). Their staff is supportive and knowledgeable, so if you have any questions, just ask.
After our lunch, we decided to rent a paddle boat and tour the lake for $5. At the end of the day, we paid $41, took home five fish and had a great day.
Besides fishing for small to large groups, Hornings hideout has many other offerings as well such as areas for picnics, disc golf, camping, weddings and concerts. For more information, please visit their website in the description.
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