ODFW and Oregon State Parks have partnered to make it easy for families to get out and enjoy the outdoors this weekend – and the best part is it’s free! That’s right everything – fishing licenses, tags and endorsements are officially waived for everybody June 4-5. To make it even more irresistible to get up and outside, Oregon State Parks are also waiving their fees on June 4th, including day use and overnight camping fees. Get a plan together. Start now by perusing our events page, trout stocking schedules … or stop by the Oregon Parks Department’s State Parks Day information page.
Another chance to reel in a Columbia River springer
The latest Columbia River salmon update is good news for anglers who are looking for another chance to reel in one of these prized fish. Enough spring Chinook have now safely moved upstream that fishery managers have decided to reopen the lower river through June 15, which is when the 2016 summer Chinook salmon fishing season begins.
More Spring Chinook opportunities!
Oregon’s famous Spring Chinook are here and ready to be caught in many of Oregon’s waters right now! Reports from fish biologists from around the state show Chinook available in Tillamook Bay, the Trask, Nestucca, North Umpqua, Clackamas, Sandy, Santiam, John Day, Umatilla, Rogue, and Snake rivers. So you want to catch a “Springer,” you’ve got plenty of opportunity right now … but don’t procrastinate, it won’t last forever.
Here come the whales!
May and June are great times to view migrating gray whales off the Oregon coast. Some gray whales make their way up to summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea, while others are part-time residents and stay off the Oregon coast from June until November. Quite a few gray whales were spotted last week in the nearshore waters off of Brookings and Port Orford. The best time to view whales is on calm days – as stormy weather tends to make viewing challenging. Look for whales as they surface to blow air, and occasionally flip their talks above the water. Don’t forget to bring binoculars!
36 Family Fishing Events happening this year
These popular events take place in some great places and are typically stocked in advance with a lot of fish. On top of that, ODFW provides loaner rods, reels, tackle and bait, along with helpful tips from experienced angling instructors.
2016 ODFW Family Fishing Events
April 2, Canby, Canby Pond (youth only event), 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
April 9, Molalla, Shorty’s Pond, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
April 16, Gervais, St. Louis Ponds, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
April 23, Rainier, Trojan Pond, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
April 30, Sheridan, Sheridan Pond, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
May 7, Portland, Commonwealth Lake, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
May 28, Troutdale, Mt. Hood Pond (youth only event), 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Oct. 8, Gervais, St. Louis Ponds, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Oct. 22, Troutdale, Mt. Hood Pond, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
April 9, Cottage Grove, Row River Nature Park, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
May 1, Eugene, Alton Baker Canoe Canal, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
June 4, Eugene, Alton Baker Canoe Canal, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
April 16, Hebo, Hebo Lake, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
May 7, Vernonia, Vernonia Pond, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
March 19, Lincoln City, Regatta Park on Devil’s Lake, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
April 23, Toledo, Olalla Reservoir, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
May 21, Waldport, Eckman Lake, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
June 4, Toledo, Olalla Reservoir, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
June 4, Reedsport, Tugman Park, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
June 4, Newport, Big Creek Reservoir, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
July 16, Siletz, Lhuuke Illahee Fish Hatchery, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
April 30, Coos Bay, Middle Empire Lake, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
May 14, Powers, Powers Pond, 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
June 4, Diamond Lake, Diamond Lake, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
June 4, Sutherlin, Cooper Creek, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
June 4, Lakeside, Tugman State Park (Eel Lake), 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
June 5, Azalea, Galesville, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
June 5, Lake Marie, Reedsport, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
August 13 and 14, Charleston, Charleston Seafood Festival, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
May 7, Mosier, Bikini Pond, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
May 21, Parkdale, Middle Fork Irrigation Pond, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
May 21, Bend, Pine Nursery Pond, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
April 2, Hermiston, McNary Channel Ponds, 10 a.m. to noon.
May 14, Hermiston, McNary Channel Ponds, 10 a.m. to noon
June 4, Heppner, Cutsforth Pond, 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
June 4, Ukiah, Twin Pond, 7 a.m. to noon.
July 9, Pendleton, Jubilee Lake, 9 a.m. to noon