Free Fishing Weekend in Oregon is June 1-2, and for those two days you won’t need a fishing license to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon.
During Free Fishing Weekend, fishing licenses and tags are not required, although all other regulations apply including bag limit and size restrictions.
“Whether you’re a beginner going for the first time, or an avid angler who wants to share your love of fishing with a friend or family member, this is a great weekend to go fishing” said David Lane, ODFW acting deputy administrator for information/education.
New for 2013, Free Fishing Weekend now occurs on the first full weekend in June. This aligns with State Parks Day, so if you’re going camping or hiking in an Oregon State Park this weekend, be sure to pack a fishing rod or crab pot, Lane said.
For the do-it-yourselfer there are hundreds of lakes and rivers, and hundreds of miles of coastline to explore. ODFW’s extensive website offers information about how and where to fish for trout, bass, steelhead and surfperch, to name a few.
Anglers also will find:
- Weekly updates of current fishing conditions in the Weekly Recreation Report.
- Great spots to take the family fishing in Easy Angling Oregon.
- Trout stocking schedules and Google-based maps of all stocking locations.
- Warmwater fishing opportunities throughout the state.
For the new angler, ODFW and its partners will be sponsoring Free Fishing Weekend events throughout the state.
At most events there will be free fishing equipment first-time anglers can use, and special events planned for children. Volunteers will be available to help, from baiting the hook to landing the catch.
For a complete list of events with times and locations, go to the ODFW website.
Logo courtesy Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife