Free fishing weekend


There will be a Free Fishing Weekend in Oregon on June 3-4 – making it the perfect weekend to take a friend or family member out fishing, crabbing or clamming.

During this weekend, no fishing licenses or tags (including a Combined Angling Tag and a Columbia River Basin Endorsement) are required to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon.

“Free Fishing Weekend is a great opportunity for friends and families to get out and enjoy a day or two of fishing,” said Mike Gauvin, ODFW recreational fisheries manager. “Lakes and ponds are fully stocked, rivers and streams are open for trout, and don’t forget about the coast for crabbing and clamming.”

Although no licenses or tags are required, all other regulations apply including closures, bag limits and size restrictions.

Free Fishing Weekend also aligns with State Parks Day on Saturday, June 3, so if you’re going camping in an Oregon State Park this weekend, be sure to pack your fishing, crabbing or clamming gear, Gauvin said.

Several state parks will be hosting ODFW Free Fishing Weekend fishing events and State Parks is waiving park admission and camping fees in many parks on “State Parks Day” Saturday, June 3.

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 will find:

The Learn to Fish page describing what you’ll need, how to do it and where to go.

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.

Local guides describing 50 or so places to fish near Bend, Lane County, Medford, Portland and Roseburg.

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. 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.

“Even if you’ve never cast a line or baited a hook, we can show you how to fish,” Gauvin said.

The following scheduled Free Fishing Weekend events will take place on Saturday, June 3, unless otherwise noted.

WILLAMETTE VALLEY

Alton Baker Canal/Eugene, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Willamette Fish Hatchery/Oakridge 9 a.m.-noon

COAST

Cleawox Lake/Honeyman State Park, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Cooper Creek/Sutherlin, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. This popular event has a kiddie pond stocked with trout for kids up to eight years old, loaner rods and reels, casting lessons, and a fish cleaning station. Once kids go through an education station, they get a ticket for raffle drawings. Free hot dogs and Pepsi. ODFW is stocking 1,000 larger sized trout just before the event.

Diamond Lake, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. This fishing derby is for kids 17 and younger. Check-in begins at 6 a.m. at the resort’s Marina. There will be prizes for biggest fish by different age classes so kids should check in their trout for measurement at the Marina by 2 p.m. There will be door prizes and hot dogs in front of the resort after check-out concludes.

Eel Lake/Tugman State Park, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. At a series of stations, kids will learn how to identify fish, tie knots, and cast along with fishing courtesy and water safety. Kids 12 and under can have the chance to catch trout out of a net pen. Lunch is provided.

Lake Marie/Reedsport, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (SUNDAY, June 4). For kids 14 and under. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Rods and reels will be available, along with help for first-time anglers. Kids can enter a casting contest and get a bounty for picking up litter. Hot dogs and soda are free to kids with a nominal charge for adults to help pay for next year’s event. ODFW is stocking 2,000 larger sized trout before the event.

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