The rivers, lakes, ponds and streams highlighted in here have been selected with families and beginning anglers in mind. Whether you want to try fishing for trout, bass, bluegill, salmon or steelhead, there’s a place to get started.
Besides offering a representative sampling of the state’s fishing and scenic variety, these locations generally:
- Offer good odds of catching a fish using simple fishing techniques.
- Have easy-to-understand fishing regulations.
- Are easily accessible by family car.
- Have some comfort facilities available (such as toilets, picnic tables).
We’ve organized these fishing locations into six geographic zones that correspond to the zones in the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations. You can focus your attention on places close to home, or plan a weekend getaway or vacation to new part of the state.
Wherever your next fishing adventure is, be sure to check the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations before you go.
Free Fishing Weekend
Always the first full weekend in June.
You don’t need a license to go fishing, crabbing or clamming anywhere in the state.
Go on your own, or join ODFW and local sponsors at fishing events at dozens of lakes and ponds.
Special events for families with loaner rods and reels, and help from experienced anglers.
Free Fishing Events
Family Fishing Events
Dozens of events statewide in the spring, summer and fall.
ODFW provides loaner rods and reels, tackle and bait.
Staff and volunteers are on hand to help bait the hook, cast the rod and land the fish.
Ponds are generouslyk stocked with trout to help ensure success.
Family Fishing Events
Call these ODFW offices for further information
- Bend, 541-388-6363
- La Grande, 541-963-2138
- Clackamas, 971-673-6000
- Newport, 541-867-4741
- Corvallis, 541-757-4186
- Roseburg, 541-440-3353
- Hines, 541-573-6582
Check the current ODFW Sport Fishing Regulations prior to planning your outing.
If you have any questions, give us a call:
For a copy of ODFW’s Sport Fishing Regulations Visit your sporting goods store or local ODFW office.
- ODFW Headquarters: (503) 947-6000
- ODFW in-state toll-free: (800) 720-6339
- Licensing Services: (503) 947-6100
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org