Tons Of Ops For Oregon’s June 1-2 Free Fishing Weekend

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

It’s free to fish, crab or clam in Oregon on Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2.

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.

SHAD ARE AMONG THE PLETHORA OF SPECIES TO TRY AND HARVEST DURING OREGON’S JUNE FREE FISHING WEEKEND. ODFW REPORTS “HUGE NUMBERS” IN THE LOWER UMPQUA, WHILE SCHOOLS ARE ALSO BUILDING IN THE LOWER COLUMBIA TOO. (ODFW)

Look for the latest on fishing conditions and regulations at ODFW’s Weekly Recreation Report, which is updated every Wednesday. Trout and warmwater fishing are ideal for beginners; see the trout stocking schedule to find out when your local pond was stocked with hatchery rainbow trout.

The first weekend in June has long been Free Fishing Weekend in Oregon. (Oregon State Parks are also free for visitors that weekend, with free parking Saturday-Sunday June 1-2 and free camping Saturday.) ODFW and volunteer fishing instructors, State Parks and other partners also host fishing events statewide that weekend, bringing all the gear new anglers need (rods, reels, bait) to try fishing.

See below for a list of events and visit the Free Fishing Weekend page for more information including contact information for each event.

Saturday events:

  • Alsea, Oregon Hatchery Research Center, Saturday, June 1, 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Baker City, Highway 203 Pond, Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. – noon
  • Bridal Veil, Benson State Park, Benson Lake, Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. – noon
  • Camp Sherman, Wizard Falls Hatchery, Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. – noon
  • Chiloquin, Klamath Hatchery, Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Clatskanie, Saturday, June 1, Gnat Creek Hatchery, Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Park at hatchery only, no parking along the highway.
  • Detroit, Hoover Boat Ramp, Saturday, June 1, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Disabled access available.
  • Diamond Lake, Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Enterprise, Marr Pond, Saturday, June 1, 8:00 a.m. – noon
  • Estacada, Small Fry Lake/Promontory Park, Saturday, June 1, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Eugene, Alton Baker Park, Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Florence, Cleawox Lake, Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Gervais, St. Louis Ponds, Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Gold Beach, Libby Pond, Saturday, June 1, 8 a.m.-noon
  • Hammond, Coffenbury Lake -Fort Stevens State Park, Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Disabled access available.
  • Hebo, Hebo Lake, Saturday, June 1, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Hood River, Lost Lake Resort, Saturday, June 1,  8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Klamath Falls, Lake of the Woods Resort, Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Lakeside, Eel Lake/Tugman STP, Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Medford, Fish Lake, Saturday, June 1, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Oakridge, Willamette Hatchery, Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. – noon
  • Otis, Salmon River Hatchery, Saturday, June 1, 8:00 a.m. – noon
  • Prairie City, McHaley Pond, Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. – noon
  • Rockaway Beach, Nedonna Pond, Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Selma, Lake Selmac, Saturday, June 1, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Silverton, Silverton Marine Park, Saturday, June 1, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Note there is no parking at Marine Park, so participants must catch a bus from one of several locations in town to get to event, see webpage for details.
  • Sunriver, Caldera Springs, Saturday, June 1,  9:00 a.m. – noon
  • Sutherlin, Cooper Creek Reservoir, Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Tillamook, Trask River Hatchery, Saturday, June 1, 8:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
  • Toledo, Olalla Reservoir, Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. More info

Sunday events:

  • Port Orford, Arizona Pond, Sunday, June 2, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Reedsport, Lake Marie, Sunday, June 2, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Best bets Free Fishing Weekend

This time of year Oregon anglers are spoiled with choices. Here are just a few options to consider:

  • In the last two weeks, dozens of waterbodies have been stocked with thousands of rainbow trout, and fishing should be excellent!
  • Cutthroat trout fishing should be good in north coast streams.
  • Huge numbers of shad have been coming out of the mainstem Umpqua, especially neat Cleveland Rapids. Shad enthusiasts should also check out the Coos and Coquille basins.
  • Striped bass are still being caught in the lower Umpqua Basin and on the Coquille River from Riverton to Arago.
  • Breitenbush River will be stocked for the first time this year the week of May 27.
  • Summer steelhead conditions continue to be good on the Clackamas River with the best fishing early and late in the day.
  • Anglers are reporting some spring Chinook being caught on the Hood River.
  • Anglers are catching their limits of kokanee on Wickiup Reservoir.
  • Look for the phenomenal hatch of salmonflies to continue this week on the Klamath River from the Powerhouse to the CA border. Golden stoneflies should also be hatching in good numbers.
  • Fishing has been excellent at Heart Lake, where all fishing methods seem to produce full stringers of trout.
  • The crappie (and mosquitoes) are biting on Cold Springs Reservoir as the fish move into the shallows to spawn.
  • Trout and kokanee fishing have been good on Wallowa Lake.

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