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Free Fishing Weekend in Oregon Feb. 16-17

Friday, February 8, 2019

Ice fishing
Ice fishing at Diamond Lake in 2013—remember to always follow safety tips and check conditions before ice fishing. It’s free to fish statewide in Oregon on Feb. 16-17, 2019. Photo by Jessica Sall/ODFW

SALEM, Ore.—It’s free to fish, crab or clam in Oregon on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 16-17 of President’s Day Weekend.

During these two days, no fishing licenses or tags (including a Combined Angling Tag or Columbia River Basin Endorsement) are required to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon for both residents and non-residents. Although no licenses or tags are required, all other fishing regulations apply including closures, bag limits and size restrictions.

This time of year, the best opportunity will be winter steelhead on the coast, stocked hatchery rainbow trout in the Willamette Valley and mid-coast lakes, and ice-fishing in northeast and southeast Oregon.

Look for the latest on fishing conditions and regulations at ODFW’s Weekly Recreation Report, which is updated every Thursday. Also see the trout stocking schedule to find out when your local lake is getting stocked with hatchery rainbow trout.

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Contact:

Michelle Dennehy, (503) 931-2748, Michelle.N.Dennehy@state.or.us

 
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