ODFW to offer free fishing

SALEM — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife encourages Oregonians to start a new family tradition during Thanksgiving weekend — take the family fishing.

On Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25 and 26, fishing, crabbing and clamming in Oregon will be free, which means no licenses, tags or endorsements are needed on those days.

“Getting outside fishing and enjoying Oregon’s natural areas is a great way to spend quality family time over the holidays,” said Rick Hargrave, ODFW spokesperson.

While the weather can be challenging at Thanksgiving, fall can be a great time to go trout fishing because many ponds and lakes have been stocked and fish are feeding hungrily for the winter.

In addition, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is waiving day use fees at state parks (Friday only).

“We’re hoping anglers have so much fun and success at this free fishing weekend, that they’ll want to participate in a second free fishing weekend scheduled for Dec. 31 and Jan. 1,” Hargrave said.

The additional free fishing weekends were authorized by the 2015 Oregon State Legislature as a way of introducing new anglers to the sport.

For additonal help deciding on holiday fishing destinations, check out the ODFW Recreation Report news and update page for the latest conditions.

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