Portland, Ore. – Here’s one way to beat the heat, head to the river or lake for free fishing weekend in Oregon. Anyone can fish for free in Oregon without a license or tag Saturday and Sunday August 15th and 16th. You just have to follow all the ODFW rules and regulations. You can still get into trouble for using the wrong hooks or keeping the wrong fish in certain areas. You can go clamming and crabbing too for free, with some exceptions.
Michelle Dennehy with ODFW says there are some changes to this free fishing weekend because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Clamming is closed to non-Oregon residents and crabbing is closed in ocean areas on the Northern coast, because they don’t want areas to get too crowded. They’re also not posting the trout shocking schedule for the same reason, but ODFW says they are stocking lakes like they normally do.
Your best bets for fishing this weekend are warm water fish like bass, or go to the higher lakes where it’s cooler for trout.
Just bring your sanitizer and stay a full fishing rod length away from the next guy.
It’s Free Fishing Weekend Aug. 15-16 – two days when you, your friends, your family and everyone else can fish (and crab and clam) for free any where in Oregon that’s open. No license, tag, endorsement or validation needed. Nonresidents included. (Regular closures, bag limits and other regulations still apply.)
Clamming and mussel harvest remain closed to nonresidents along the entire Oregon coast. Crabbing is open to nonresidents from Cape Falcon (between Seaside and Tillamook) south to the CA border.
Version 2.3 will prompt you to update your app whenever a new version is available, and provides an easier way to access the ‘forgot username or password’ feature directly from the app. Learn more about other changes in this new release.
This newest version of the MyODFW app is now available in the Apple and Google Play stores.
Where will you be fishing this weekend? You will be fishing, won’t you? It’s free! If you haven’t decided where to go, here are a few possibilities to get your creative juices flowing:
Nothing listed seems quite the thing for you? Then check out the zone reports for a myriad of additional opportunities.
Upcoming hunter education field days and traditional classes have resumed and are now being posted. Check out the list of upcoming classes.