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Take the family or friends fishing on Free Fishing Weekend June 3-4

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

SALEM, Ore. – There will be a Free Fishing Weekend in Oregon on June 3-4 – making it the perfect weekend to take a friend or family member out fishing, crabbing or clamming.

During this weekend, no fishing licenses or tags (including a Combined Angling Tag and a Columbia River Basin Endorsement) are required to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon.

“Free Fishing Weekend is a great opportunity for friends and families to get out and enjoy a day or two of fishing,” said Mike Gauvin, ODFW recreational fisheries manager. “Lakes and ponds are fully stocked, rivers and streams are open for trout, and don’t forget about the coast for crabbing and clamming.”

Although no licenses or tags are required, all other regulations apply including closures, bag limits and size restrictions.

Free Fishing Weekend also aligns with State Parks Day on Saturday, June 3, so if you’re going camping in an Oregon State Park this weekend, be sure to pack your fishing, crabbing or clamming gear, Gauvin said.

Several state parks will be hosting ODFW Free Fishing Weekend fishing events and State Parks is waiving park admission and camping fees in many parks on “State Parks Day” Saturday, June 3.

For the do-it-yourselfer there are hundreds of lakes and rivers, and hundreds of miles of coastline to explore. ODFW’s extensive website offers information about how and where to fish for trout, bass, steelhead and surfperch, to name a few.

Anglers will find:

For the new angler, ODFW and its partners will be sponsoring Free Fishing Weekend events throughout the state. At most events there will be free fishing equipment first-time anglers can use. Volunteers will be available to help, from baiting the hook to landing the catch. For a complete list of events with times and locations, go to the ODFW website.

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

The following scheduled Free Fishing Weekend events will take place on Saturday, June 3, unless otherwise noted.


  • Alton Baker Canal/Eugene, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Katherine Nordholm, 541-726-3515 ext. 28
  • Benson State Recreation Area/Columbia Gorge, 9 a.m.-noon, Mo Czinger, 503-969-8853
  • Detroit Reservoir/Hoover Campground, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Isaac Morris, 503-854-3522
  • Gnat Creek Fish Hatchery/Claskanie, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mike Hazen, 503-455-2234
  • Henry Hagg Lake/Gaston, 6:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Will Warren, 503-453-0521
  • Henry Hagg Lake/Gaston, 6:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (SUNDAY, June 4), Will Warren, 503-453-0521
  • Silverton Reservoir, (anglers with disabilities event) 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Jon Debo, 503-932-7699
  • Silverton Together Fishing Event, Silverton Reservoir, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Dawn Olson, 503-873-2681
  • St. Louis Ponds/Gervais, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Jeff Fulop, 971-673-6024
  • Timber Linn Memorial Park/Albany, 9 a.m.-noon, Jack Rice, 503-394-2496
  • Willamette Fish Hatchery/Oakridge 9 a.m.-noon, Tami Edmunds, 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.-1 p.m., Dane Osis, 503-861-3170
  • Hebo Lake, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Luke Haworth, 503-392-5141
  • 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


  • Arizona Pond/Port Orford, 8 a.m.-noon (SUNDAY, June 4), David Chambers, 541-332-7025
  • Cooper Creek/Sutherlin, 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., Antonio Salgado, 541-888-5515
  • Galesville Reservoir, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (SUNDAY, June 4), Evan Leonetti, 541-440-3353
  • Hyatt Lake/Mountain View Shelter, 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Diana Bauman, 541-772-4970
  • Lake Marie/Reedsport, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (SUNDAY, June 4), Evan Leonetti, 541-440-3353
  • Lake Selmac/Selma, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Judy Lollich, 541-295-7700
  • Libby Pond/Gold Beach, 8 a.m.-noon, John Weber, 541-247-7605
  • Thissel Pond/Alsea, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Jen Krajcik, 541-487-5512


  • Caldera Springs/Sun River, 9 a.m.-noon, Tim Foulk, 541-593-1510
  • Klamath Hatchery/Chiloquin, 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, 541-949-8300
  • Pine Nursery Pond/Bend, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Jen Luke, 541-388-6366
  • Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery/Camp Sherman, 9 a.m.-noon, Luke Allen, 541-595-6611


  • 203 Pond/Baker City, 9 a.m.-noon, Shannon Archuleta, 541-523-1385
  • Marr Pond/Enterprise, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Ron Harrod, 541-426-4467
  • McHaley Pond/Prairie City, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Brent Smith, 541-575-1167



Jessica Sall (503) 947-6023,
Mike Gauvin (503) 947- 6214,

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