Free fishing weekend

Photo by Lara Arriola. 

It’s free to fish, crab, or clam in Oregon on Saturday and Sunday, August 17-18. During those two days, no fishing licenses or tags are required to fish, crab, or clam anywhere in Oregon for both residents and non-residents.

Although no licenses or tags are required, all other fishing regulations apply, including closures, bag limits, and size restrictions. If you are fishing for salmon, steelhead or marine species like rockfish, remember to check the Fishing section of the Recreation Report for the zone you want to fish to find the latest regulations.

Look for the latest on fishing conditions and regulations at ODFW’s Weekly Recreations Report, which is updated every Wednesday. Trout and warm water fishing are ideal for beginners. See the trout-stocking schedule to find where your local pond was stocked with hatchery rainbow trout.

If you’re in the mountains, combine a hike with a fishing trip and hike to one of Oregon’s higher elevation mountain lakes. These stay cooler in the summer, which keeps trout on the bite.

If you are on the coast this weekend, ocean fishing for rockfish, tuna, and coho salmon has been good. Surfperch can be targeted from beaches and jetties by those staying on shore, or try crabbing, which is currently open along the entire Oregon Coast.

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