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ODFW Recreation Report: Free Fishing Weekend events and best bets, Native Trout Challenge

ODFW Recreation Report: Free Fishing Weekend events and best bets, Native Trout Challenge

This weekend is Free Fishing Weekend

Which means you don’t need a license, tag or endorsement to fish, crab or clam anywhere in the state (all other regulations still apply). So call your kid, friend, co-worker or spouse and make a date to take them fishing!


FFW events scheduled throughout the state

This weekend, ODFW and its partners will be sponsoring fishing events throughout the state. These events are free, and at most we’ll even provide the gear and instruction you’ll need to get started – from baiting the hook to landing your catch.


Find a list of FFW events


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.

Find more details about all the weekend opportunities in the zone reports.


How to hunt for deer and elk course

It’s not too early to start thinking about your fall deer and elk hunt. If you’re new to big game hunting, or could stand to brush up on few basics, take the ODFW online How to Hunt for Deer and Elk Course.


Take the Native Trout Challenge and help native fish

This could be your trout fishing bucket list 

Take the Western Native Trout Challenge and challenge yourself to catch at least six native trout species in four different states. At the same time, you’ll be helping protect, restore and recover 21 native trout and char species in 12 states.

Learn more and register


More rivers and streams opened to trout on May 22

Many rivers and streams, especially in the NW, SW and SE zones, opened to trout fishing on Wednesday, May 22. These rivers are closed to trout fishing from fall to spring in order to protect migrating salmon and steelhead smolts, and spawning redband trout.


Click here for more ODFW recreation information and opportunities



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