SALEM, Ore. — Saturday and Sunday mark Oregon's next "Free Fishing Weekend," allowing anglers of all ages to fish, clam, or crab for free.
During a Free Fishing Weekend, no fishing licenses or tags (including a Combined Angling Tag, Columbia River Basin Endorsement or Two-Rod Validation) are required by Oregon residents or non-residents.
Other fishing regulations do apply, including area closures, bag limits, and size restrictions. People are asked to check for any in-season regulation changes — particularly for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and marine fishing — at their destination.
"With Oregon facing a serious drought this summer, warmwater fishing is a good choice for Free Fishing Weekend and throughout the summer," the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife said.
Several ponds in the Willamette Valley will be stocked for the last time this season, and stocked trout are a good option for beginners. People near Portland, Bend, Medford, Roseburg or in Lane County, have a number of nearby options.
Currently, razor clamming is closed on popular Clatsop beaches due to toxin levels, but is open from the south jetty of the Siuslaw River, in Florence, to the California border.
Oregon will have one more Free Fishing Weekend in 2021 — the two days after Thanksgiving, November 26 and 27.