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Oregon invites families to enjoy Free Fishing Weekend

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-

May 24, 2016

SALEM, Ore. – Free Fishing Weekend in Oregon is June 4-5, and many events are planned around the state to help families make the most of this opportunity.

During Free Fishing Weekend, fishing licenses, tags and endorsements are not required anywhere in Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will make sure there are plenty of fish to catch. During the week leading up to Free Fishing Weekend ODFW will release more than 185,000 trout at 80 locations around the state. Many additional locations were stocked in the preceding weeks, and some of those fish should be available as well.

Free Fishing Weekend is a great opportunity for families to get out and enjoy a day or two of fishing,” said Rick Hargrave, administrator of ODFW’s Information & Education Division. “Lakes and ponds are fully stocked, a number of rivers are open, and don’t forget about the coast for crabbing and clamming.”

As in years past, ODFW is teaming up with the Oregon State Parks Department to inspire people to explore Oregon’s parks and outdoors by waiving fees and offering such activities as fishing events, nature walks, and specialized outdoor-related workshops.  Several state parks will be hosting ODFW Free Fishing Weekend fishing events and waiving park admission and camping fees on “State Parks Day” Saturday, June 4.

The following scheduled Free Fishing Weekend events will take place on Saturday, June 4, unless otherwise noted. At most of these events, fishing gear, bait and instruction will be provided at no charge to participants. Some events will have additional activities for kids.

Locations, times and contact information are as follows:


  • Alton Baker Canal/Eugene, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Katherine Nordholm, 541-726-3515
  • Benson State Recreation Area/Columbia Gorge, 9 a.m.-noon, Dorothy Brown-Kwaiser, 503-695-2261
  • Detroit Reservoir/Hoover Campground, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Isaac Morris, 503-854-3522
  • Silverton Reservoir, (anglers with disabilities event) 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., Skip Bouskill, 503-873-7269.
  • Silverton Together Fishing Event, Silverton Reservoir, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Dawn Olson, 503-873-2681.
  • St. Louis Ponds/Gervais, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Jeff Fulop, 971-673-6024
  • Willamette Fish Hatchery/Oakridge 9 a.m.-noon, Tami Edmunds, kids 10 and under, 541-782-2933


  • Cleawox Lake/Honeyman State Park, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Christine Clapp, 541-265-8306, ext. 253
  • Coffenbury Lake/Ft. Stevens State Park, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Dane Osis, 503-861-3170
  • Hebo Lake, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Debbie Hobbs, 503-392-3161
  • Nedonna Pond/Rockaway, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Brian Johnson, 503-368-6828
  • Olalla Reservoir/Toledo, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Christine Clapp, 541-265-8306, ext. 253
  • Trask Hatchery/Tillamook, 8 .am.-3 p.m., James Skaar, 503-842-4090


  • Cooper Creek, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Evan Leonetti, 541-440-3353
  • Diamond Lake, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Evan Leonetti, 541-440-3353
  • Eel Lake/Tugman State Park, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Mike Gray, 541-888-5515
  • Galesville Reservoir, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Sunday, June 5), Evan Leonetti, 541-440-3353
  • Hyatt Lake, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m., Diana Bauman, 541-772-4970
  • Lake Marie, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (June 5), Evan Leonetti, 541-440-3353
  • Lake Selmac, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Judy Lollich, 541-295-7700
  • Libby Pond, 8 a.m. – noon, John Weber, 541-247-7605
  • Elk River Hatchery/Port Orford, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., David Chambers, 541-332-7025, for kids 10 years old and younger
  • Thissel Pond/Alsea, 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., call ODFW’s Alsea Hatchery for assistance, 541-487-7240


  • Caldera Springs/Deschutes, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tim Foulk, 541-593-1510
  • Klamath Hatchery/Klamath Falls, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Greg Lipsiea, 541-381-2278
  • Lake of the Woods/Klamath Falls, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., George Gregory, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery/Camp Sherman, 9 a.m. – noon, Doug Curtis, 541-595-6611


  • 203 Pond/Baker City, 9 a.m. noon, Shannon Archuleta, 541-523-1385
  • Cutsforth Pond/Heppner, 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., Bill Duke, 541-276-2344
  • Marr Pond/Wallowa, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Ron Harrod, 541-426-4467
  • Twin Pond/Ukiah, 7 a.m. – noon, Bill Duke, 541-276-2344
  • McHaley Pond/Prairie City, 9 a.m. – noon, Emily Davis, 541-777-2831

For those who prefer a little more solitude, there dozens of other lakes, ponds, streams and ocean waters around to explore. Many are listed on ODFW’s website ( under the Fishing tab, along with additional fishing information, including:

Free Fishing Weekend is always the first full weekend in June. But remember, trout fishing is always free fishing for kids under 12 years old.




Rick Swart 971-673-6038

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