Community, Outdoors

Fishing is free June 2-3 in Oregon

Maeve, age 7, with her first fish, caught with the help of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife angling education instructor at Timber Linn Park Pond, Albany during an earlier Free Fishing Day event this year. IMAGE PROVIDED/ODFW

It’s free to fish, crab or clam in Oregon on Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3.
During these two days, no fishing licenses or tags (including a Combined Angling Tag or Columbia River Basin Endorsement) 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.
”Free Fishing Weekends are a great opportunity for friends and families to get out and enjoy a day or two of fishing,” said Mike Gauvin, ODFW recreational fisheries manager. ”Trout, warmwater fish, ocean fishing, crabbing and clamming are just some of the great opportunities available.”
Look for the best opportunities in ODFW’s Weekly Recreation Report, which is updated every Wednesday.
Oregon State Parks are also free to visit on June 2-3, with day-use parking fees waived both days and free camping on Saturday, June 2 (an $8 reservation is required to guarantee a camping spot).
ODFW and partners are also hosting a number of fishing events around the state. Volunteer angler education instructors will be loaning out fishing gear and giving tips on how to catch and clean fish at most events. For more details and contact information for these events, visit



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