ODFW Recreation Report, Updates to fishing, crabbing and clamming, Fish, crab and clam for free June 4 & 5
ODFW Recreation Report
Oregon’s traditional Free Fishing Weekend is coming up June 4 & 5 – two days when you don’t need a license, tag or endorsement to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon that’s open. This year sees the return of the popular family fishing events in several locations.
Best bets for Free Fishing Weekend
Free Fishing Weekend is a great time to share your love of fishing, crabbing and/or clamming with family and friends. Why not make a point of taking someone out for a day of salmon fishing on your favorite river, bay clamming on the beach, chasing newly-stocked trout in a lake or pond, or heading out to sea for rockfish or halibut.
This week, our local biologists have highlighted some of the best bets in their districts for Free Fishing Weekend. You can see all the details in the zone report but here’s a sneak peek:
- North and mid-coast anglers can target trout in recently stocked lakes and ponds, spring Chinook in Tillamook Bay, the Nestucca and the Trask, and summer steelhead in the Siletz.
- In the SW Zone, there’s Chinook and steelhead in the Rogue and Umpqua, bass in the Coquille and South Umpqua, shad in the Smith, striped bass on the Coquille, and stocked trout just about everywhere we can put ‘em.
- In the Willamette Valley, anglers can choose from Chinook in the Willamette or Clackamas, kokanee on Detroit Lake, summer steelhead on the Sandy, and stocked trout just about everywhere we can put ‘em, including the popular McKenzie River.
- The Central Zones offers some diverse choices, including kokanee in Odell and Paulina lakes, spring Chinook on the Hood River, native redbands on the lower Deschutes (it’s salmonfly time!) and stocked trout in several popular locations.
- It’s all about trout right now in the SE Zone, but in so many cool places. Suggestions include the Williamson, Klamath and Chewaucan rivers, Cottonwood Meadows Lake, and Lofton and Unity reservoirs. Crappie in Topsy and Gerber reservoirs.
- NE anglers can enjoy Chinook fishing in the Umatilla and Snake, bass and crappie fishing in Willow Creek Reservoir and trout fishing in Kinney and Wallowa (lake and river).
- Finally, if you’re spending the weekend at the beach you’ve got lots of choices. Go to the beach for bay clamming and surf perch fishing, or hire a charter for some rockfish, halibut or ocean salmon fishing.
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