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Oregon opening up for June 4th & 5th

 

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Maeve, age 7, with her first fish caught with the help of an ODFW angling education instructor at Timber Linn Park Pond, Albany at an earlier Free Fishing Day this year.

Fishing will be free in Oregon this weekend - on Saturday and Sunday, June 4th and 5th. Everyone can fish, clam and crab for free in Oregon those two days.

No fishing/shellfish licenses or tags are required for those two days for either Oregon residents or nonresidents. It's also free to park and camp at Oregon State Parks on Saturday, June 4th.

All other fishing regulations apply including closures, bag limits, and size restrictions.

Check the Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife's Recreation Report for the best fishing opportunities this time of year, https://myodfw.com/recreation-report

For beginners, Easy Angling Oregon is a great guide to getting started fishing in Oregon, https://myodfw.com/EAO if you live in Lane County, or near Portland, Bend, Medford, or Roseburg the are several nearby options.

Trout fishing can be a great choice for beginners and stocking is happening at many locations (see the schedule on Page 7). Warmwater fishing is also great for beginners this time of year. If you're heading to the coast to fish, try surfperch fishing from the bank, bottomfish, or halibut if the area where you are fishing is open.

Summer is a great time to clam and low tides are hitting Oregon's coast late morning/early afternoon, a convenient time to clam, on June 4th and 5th. MyODFW.com has all the information people need to get started clamming or crabbing.

Currently, crabbing is open in coastwide in bays, beaches, estuaries, tide pools, piers, and jetties along the entire Oregon coast and in the ocean.

Razor clamming is currently closed from Cape Blanco, north of Port Orford, to the California border because domoic acid toxin levels are above the closure limit.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture regularly tests shellfish and closes areas when naturally occurring biotoxins get to levels that make crabs and clams unsafe to eat. Always call the ODA Shellfish safety hotline at 1-800-448-2474 or check their Shellfish page before you go out.

 

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