MEDFORD, Ore. — This coming weekend is one of Oregon's much-anticipated Free Fishing Weekends, offering enthusiasts a chance to get out and fish, crab, or clam without the usual fees.
"On Free Fishing Weekends, you don’t need a license to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon," the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said. "That’s no license, no tag, no endorsement needed."
Free Fishing Weekends only happen a handful of times per year — generally President's Day weekend in February, the first weekend of June, this August weekend, and another after Thanksgiving.
ODFW had the following tips for where to head:
- Water in higher elevation mountain lakes, both drive-to and hike-in, stays cooler in the summer. This keeps trout on the bite, and provides some relief for anglers looking to beat the heat.
- Rockfish, albacore tuna and ocean salmon fishing have all been fair to good and, according to the forecast, ocean water conditions should be cooperating. Landlubbers can target surfperch off the beaches and jetties.
- And for the areas in between mountains and sea, bass and other warmwater fishing remains the bright spot.
According to ODFW, area closures, bag limits, and other regulations still apply.
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