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No license required during Free Fishing Weekend June 11-12
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June 2, 2011


Free Fishing
Jeremy Sommer of Wallowa Hatchery helps a young angler during the 2009 Free Fishing Weekend event at Marr Pond in Enterprise.
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SALEM, Ore. – June 11-12 is Free Fishing Weekend and on those two days Oregonians won’t need a fishing or shellfish license to fish, crab or clam anywhere in the state.

“Free Fishing Weekend is a great time to take your spouse, kids or friends on the fishing trip without having to buy a license,” said Rick Hargrave, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife deputy administrator for information/education.

During Free Fishing Weekend, fishing licenses and tags are not required, although all other regulations apply including bag limit and size restrictions. People who already have a combined tag for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and halibut are encouraged but not required to use it.

To help beginning anglers get started, ODFW and its partners are offering over 35 free fishing events throughout the state. At most events there will be free loaner equipment for novice anglers, special events for children, and lots of volunteers to help. For a complete list of events with times and locations.

“Even if you’ve never baited a hook, we can show you how to fish,” Hargrave said.

Free Fishing Weekend is always the first weekend after the first Monday in June. But remember, it’s always free fishing for kids under 14 years old.




Jessica Sall (503) 947-6023
Richard Hargrave (503) 947-6020

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