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Free fishing weekend on tap


The ODFW will offer two days of fishing without licenses this weekend

For two days in June, fishing in Oregon is absolutely free – really.

Free Fishing Weekend is Saturday and Sunday, so for those two days anglers of all skills won’t need a fishing license to fish, crab or clam anywhere in the state.

“We want to make it easy for anglers to take a friend or family member out fishing for a day,” said Rick Hargrave, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife deputy administrator for information-education.

During Free Fishing Weekend, fishing licenses and tags are not required, although all other regulations apply including bag limit and size restrictions. People who already have a combined tag for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and halibut are encouraged but not required to use it. Also, anglers are not required to purchase a Columbia River Basin endorsement.

Free Fishing Weekend also aligns with State Parks Day.

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.

Free Fishing Weekend is always the first full weekend in June. But remember, it’s always free fishing for kids under 14 years old.