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November 24, 2015

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#OptOutside Friday

Join outdoor enthusiasts across the country who are getting outside on Friday to celebrate a very special something to be thankful for – the outdoors. Hunters and anglers in Oregon will have plenty of options to choose from. Here are just a few:

  • Trout fishing on Henry Hagg Lake. The lake is now open year-round and has been recently stocked.

  • Bay clamming on the coast. Put on a headlamp and dig during the negative tide on Friday. (Reminder, razor clamming remains closed.)
  • Bird watching on the coast. While you’re waiting for the low tide, take some binoculars and a copy of the bird list from Oregon Coast Birding and see how many species you can check off.
  • Steelhead on the Umatilla. Anglers have been averaging only 3 hours of fishing for each steelhead caught. That’s way fewer than a thousand casts.
  • Trout fishing on Lost Creek Reservoir. Dress warmly (and then add another layer), put the boat in at Takelma boat ramp, and try trolling a wedding ring spiked with worm. The trout should love it!

  • Wild coho on the New River in Curry County. This is the last weekend for wild coho and fishing has been good.

  • Big trout fishing in Walling Pond and Walter Wirth Lake in Salem. Both are scheduled to be stock with trophy trout (some up to 12 pounds!) late this week. Just try waiting until Friday to go!

  • Late archery deer season in western Oregon. Many Northwest Oregon units are now open, too.

  • Turkey hunting in western Oregon. You’ve got leftover turkey, we’ve got leftover turkey tags. Tags are still available for the general Western Oregon turkey season that ends Dec. 31. Put a free range turkey on the table for the next holiday meal!

  • Get your goose. NW Permit goose hunting just reopened Nov. 21 and new rules this year mean hunters no longer need to visit check stations.

  • Upland bird hunting: Work off your Thanksgiving meal with an upland bird hunt. See for bird ranges and private properties open for hunting.

  • Wildlife viewing in state parks. Remember Oregon State Parks are free on Friday, Nov. 27 making it a great time to take a hike and see some wildlife.

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