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Free Fishing Weekend events in Southern Oregon

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

ROSEBURG, Ore – Oregonian’s can fish, crab and clam for free during Free Fishing Weekend, June 4-5. Events held around Southern Oregon give families an opportunity to try their hand at landing a trout.

The following events held are Saturday, June 4 unless noted:

Coos County:

  • Eel Lake at Tugman State Park, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. At a series of stations, kids will learn how to identify fish, tie knots, and cast along with fishing courtesy and water safety. There is free lunch, a fishing tackle gift bag, and the chance to catch trout out of a net pen.

Curry County:

  • Arizona Pond, open for youth age 17 and under. No organized event is planned, however ODFW is stocking the pond with trophy trout for Free Fishing Weekend.
  • Elk River Hatchery, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. for kids 10 and under. Information: David Chambers, 541-332-7025. 
  • Libby Pond, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. This event for kids 13 and younger. Sign-up for prizes begins at 8 a.m., and the event features lunch, prize drawings, and loaner fishing equipment. Adults are encouraged to help their young ones fish. Help will also be on hand from Curry Anadromous Fishermen, Oregon South Coast Fishermen, ODFW and the U.S. Forest Service who are all sponsoring the event. Libby Pond is about eight miles up North Bank Rd., Gold Beach.

Douglas County:

  • Cooper Creek, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. This popular event has a kiddie pond stocked with trout for kids up to eight years old, loaner rods and reels, fly tying and casting lessons, and a fish cleaning station. Once kids go through an education station, they get a ticket for raffle drawings. Free hot dogs and Pepsi. 
  • Diamond Lake, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. This fishing derby is for kids 17 and younger. Check-in begins at 6 a.m. at the resort’s Marina. There will be prizes for biggest fish by different age classes so kids should check in their trout for measurement at the Marina by 2 p.m. There will be door prizes and hot dogs in front of the resort after check-out concludes.
  • Galesville Reservoir, Sunday, June 5 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. ODFW is stocking 500 legal-sized trout just prior to Free Fishing Weekend. There will be prizes, bait supplies and help for first-time anglers age 16 and younger. Free hot dogs.
  • Lake Marie, Sunday, June 5 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. for kids 14 and under. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Rods and reels will be available, along with help for first-time anglers. Kids can enter a casting contest and get a bounty for picking up litter. Hot dogs and soda are free to kids with a nominal charge for adults to help pay for next year’s event.

Jackson County:

  • Hyatt Lake Campground, 7 a.m. – 11 a.m. free breakfast sponsored by ODFW’s Hunter Education Program. From 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., the BLM and USFS will have rods, tackle and bait on a first come, first served basis. Contact USFS/BLM, 541-618-2200.

Josephine County:

  • Lake Selmac, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Josephine County’s only Free Fishing Weekend event is sponsored by the Middle Rogue Steelheaders and ODFW’s Angler Education program. Rods and reels are available for loan and bait is provided. There’s a fishing contest for biggest live fish caught during the event, and a 50/50 raffle. Information: 541-295-1682.

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 to use it as it provides data for fish managers.




Coos Bay – Mike Gray, 541-888-5515
Gold Beach - John Weber, 541-247-7605
Central Point – Ryan Battleson, 541-826-8774
Roseburg – Evan Leonetti, 541-440-3353

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