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May 24, 2016

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Free Fishing Weekend

Traci Meredith helps her son Barrett fish for trout at Canby Pond during a free fishing event hosted by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Everybody fishes for free the first weekend in June during Oregon’s Free Fishing Weekend.
-ODFW Photo-

Free Fishing Weekend June 4-5

Tell your friends who don’t fish: Fishing licenses, tags and endorsements are not required anywhere in Oregon the weekend of June 4-5. Besides stocking more than 185K trout at 80 locations around the state for the weekend, ODFW and partners will also host a variety of Family Fishing Events where we bring the gear and help newcomers get started. See list of events

Another chance to reel in a Columbia River springer

The latest Columbia River salmon update is good news for anglers who are looking for another chance to reel in one of these prized fish. Enough spring Chinook have now safely moved upstream that fishery managers have decided to reopen the lower river through June 15, which is when the 2016 summer Chinook salmon fishing season begins.

More Spring Chinook opportunities!

Oregon’s famous Spring Chinook are here and ready to be caught in many of Oregon’s waters right now! Reports from fish biologists from around the state show Chinook available in Tillamook Bay, the Trask, Nestucca, North Umpqua, Santiam, John Day, Umatilla Rogue, and Snake River. So you want to catch a “Springer,” you’ve got plenty of opportunity right now … but don’t procrastinate, it won’t last forever.

Here come the whales!

May and June are great times to view migrating gray whales off the Oregon coast. Some gray whales make their way up to summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea, while others are part-time residents and stay off the Oregon coast from June until November. Quite a few gray whales were spotted last week in the nearshore waters off of Brookings and Port Orford. The best time to view whales is on calm days – as stormy weather tends to make viewing challenging. Look for whales as they surface to blow air, and occasionally flip their talks above the water. Don’t forget to bring binoculars!

Spring bear and turkey hunting ends May 31

Just a few days left to bear and turkey hunt! The last part of the season can be the best times to bear hunt.

36 Family Fishing Events happening this year

These popular events take place in some great places and are typically stocked in advance with a lot of fish. On top of that, ODFW provides loaner rods, reels, tackle and bait, along with helpful tips from experienced angling instructors. List of events

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