Not only is fishing free in Oregon on the weekend of June 4-5, but ODFW and its partners will also bring all the gear you need to try it out.
With the lifting of state COVID-19 restrictions, traditional family fishing events are back this year to coincide with Free Fishing Weekend, the first weekend in June. At these events, ODFW staff, volunteers and partners provide all fishing gear (reels, rods, tackle, bait) and help teach new anglers how to rig their line, cast a rod, land a fish and identify their catch in specially stocked ponds. for the weekend. See below for a list of locations and times and MyODFW.com for event contact information.
- Estacada, Small Fry Lake, Promontory Park, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Directions: 7 miles east of Estacada on Hwy 224.
- Eugene, Alton Baker Canoe Canal, 9am-2pm
- Lake Hebo, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Directions: Take Hwy 101 to Hwy 22 at Hebo. Travel 1/4 mile east on Hwy 22 to Forest Service Rd. 14. Travel east 4.5 miles on Forest Service Rd. 14 to the lake campground entrance Hebo.
- Forest Grove/Washington County, Lake Henry Hagg, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Directions: From Hwy 47 south of Dilley near Forest Grove follow Scoggins Valley Rd. approximately 3 miles to the lake.
- Silverton Reservoir, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There is no on-site parking during this event. Free shuttles will run every half hour from 8am to 2pm from Roth Market, Robert Frost School, Library, Church of the Nazarene in Silverton.
- Toledo/Newport, Lake Ollala, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Directions: 9 miles northeast of Newport. From Newport, take the highway. 20 east for about six miles, then head north on Olalla Road for about three miles.
- Forest Grove/Washington County, Lake Henry Hagg, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Directions: From Hwy 47 south of Dilley near Forest Grove follow Scoggins Valley Rd. approximately 3 miles to the lake.
- Klamath Falls/Medford, Lake of the Woods, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Directions: Lake of the Woods is located off State Rte. 140 halfway between Medford and Klamath Falls.
About Free Fishing Weekend
Fishing is free in Oregon the first weekend in June, Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5. Anyone can fish, clam and crab for free in Oregon these two days.
No fishing/shellfish license or tag (including a combination fishing tag or Columbia River Basin approval or dual rod validation) is required on these two days for Oregon residents or non-residents . It’s also free to park and camp in Oregon State Parks on Saturday, June 4.