Free fishing weekend coming up!! ODFW photo
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.
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 (www.odfw.com) under the Fishing tab, along with additional fishing information, including:
Weekly Recreation Report – Fishing reports updated every week by the state’s fish biologists.
Easy Angling Oregon – Great sports to take the family fishing
Trout stocking schedules and Google-based maps of stocked trout fisheries
Learn to Fish – See ODFW’s acclaimed “learn to fish” video series.
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.