Oregon invites families to enjoy Free Fishing Weekend
May 24, 2016
SALEM, Ore. – Free Fishing Weekend in Oregon is June 4-5, and many events are planned around the state to help families make the most of this opportunity.
During Free Fishing Weekend, fishing licenses, tags and endorsements are not required anywhere in Oregon.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.....will make sure there are plenty of fish to catch. During the week leading up to Free Fishing Weekend ODFW will release more than 185,000 trout at 80 locations around the state. Many additional locations were stocked in the preceding weeks, and some of those fish should be available as well.
Free Fishing Weekend is a great opportunity for families to get out and enjoy a day or two of fishing,” said Rick Hargrave, administrator of ODFW’s Information & Education Division. “Lakes and ponds are fully stocked, a number of rivers are open, and don’t forget about the coast for crabbing and clamming.”
As in years past, ODFW is teaming up with the Oregon State Parks Department to inspire people to explore Oregon’s parks and outdoors by waiving fees and offering such activities as fishing events, nature walks, and specialized outdoor-related workshops. Several state parks will be hosting ODFW Free Fishing Weekend fishing events and waiving park admission and camping fees on “State Parks Day” Saturday, June 4.
A list of scheduled Free Fishing Weekend events taking place on Saturday, June 4, are posted at ODFW. At most of these events, fishing gear, bait and instruction will be provided at no charge to participants. Some events will have additional activities for kids.
For those who prefer a little more solitude, there dozens of other lakes, ponds, streams and ocean waters around to explore. Many are listed on ODFW’s website (www.odfw.com) under the Fishing tab, along with additional fishing information, including:
- Weekly Recreation Report – Fishing reports updated every week by the state’s fish biologists
- Easy Angling Oregon – Great sports to take the family fishing
- Trout stocking schedules and Google-based maps of stocked trout fisheries
- Learn to Fish – See ODFW’s acclaimed “learn to fish” video series.
Free Fishing Weekend is always the first full weekend in June. But remember, trout fishing is always free fishing for kids under 12 years old.