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Fish for free in Oregon this weekend

Special restrictions will still apply to nonresidents.

Posted: Aug 11, 2020 8:13 AM
Updated: Aug 11, 2020 10:33 AM

SALEM, Ore. -- This weekend, everyone can fish for free in Oregon.

On Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 15 to 16, no fishing licenses or tags will be required to fish, crab or clam in the state. All other fishing regulations will still apply, including closures, bag limits, and size restrictions.

“Getting outdoors to fish can be a safe and healthy activity right now, and a good respite during this difficult time,” said Curt Melcher, ODFW director. “We do ask all who participate to please follow all virus precautions so everyone has a safe time this Free Fishing Weekend.”

While nonresidents can also fish for free Aug. 15 to 16, there are still special restrictions on the coast due to COVID-19. Currently, clamming and mussel harvesting is closed to nonresidents coastwide. Crabbing is open to nonresidents along most of the coast but is closed to nonresidents in the Columbia River and ocean areas north of Cape Falcon.

ODFW asks participants to remember to follow ongoing precautions in place due to the virus, including wearing a mask, avoiding crowds, and practicing social distancing.

See the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations to find out more and remember to check for any in-season regulation changes here

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