No fishing licenses required Friday and Saturday
Oregon Fish and Wildlife hosts annual Free Fishing Days the two days after Thanksgiving. On Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29-30, no fishing licenses or tags — including combined angling tags, Columbia River Basin endorsements and two-rod validation — are required to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon.
Nonresidents may also fish for free on the two days.
Although no licenses or tags are required, all other fishing regulations apply including closures, bag limits and size restrictions. See the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations to find out more.
If you're planning to fish for salmon, steelhead or marine fish, check the zone where you are fishing in ODFW's Recreation Report for the latest on season and bag limits because regulations for these species change depending on the season.
The Recreation Report, which can be found at myodfw.org, comes out weekly and also features the latest on fishing conditions and opportunities.
Beginning anglers can try fishing for holdover trout, available where lakes and ponds have been stocked earlier in the year; trout are actively feeding in preparation for winter. Crabbing can be also be good during the winter months.
If you are crabbing or clamming, call the Shellfish safety hotline at 1-800-448-2474? or check ODA's Recreational Shellfish page to make sure an area is open before heading out. The Oregon Department of Agriculture regularly tests shellfish to make sure naturally occurring biotoxins are not at levels that make crabs and clams unsafe to eat.
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