Oregon: Free Fishing Weekend

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) released more information about its Free Fishing Weekend that will take place across the state June 6-7. Free Fishing Weekend is an Oregon tradition — two days each year when the public is allowed to fish, clam, or crab anywhere in the state without a fishing license or tag. ODFW encourages adults to use this opportunity to take youngsters fishing. 

“Helping kids discover the benefits of fishing through events like this is one of our agency’s top priorities,” said an ODFW district manager. “This is a good time for people to get out and explore the wealth of recreational opportunities that Oregon has to offer right in their own backyards.”

Here’s a list of Free Fishing Weekend opportunities in the Portland Area, courtesy ODFW:

Bonneville Dam Fish Hatchery will offer a clinic for kids called “Passport to Fishing.” The hatchery is located 40 miles east of Portland at Exit 40 on Hwy. I-84. Registration will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Benson Lake will receive about 4,000 fish for Free Fishing Weekend. Benson Lake is in Benson Lake State Park, the exit before Multnomah Falls, off of I-84 going east.

Faraday Lake will receive about 2,000 trout for Free Fishing Weekend. The lake is two miles southeast of Estacada, off Highway 224 on the Clackamas River.

Harriet Lake will receive about 5,000 fish for Free Fishing Weekend. Harriet Lake is on the Oak Grove Fork of the Clackamas River. Take U.S. Forest Service roads from Ripplebrook Ranger Station beyond Estacada.

Hartman Pond will receive about 1,250 trout for Free Fishing Weekend. The pond is in the Columbia River Gorge, off the Benson Lake State Park exit, going east.

Henry Hagg Lake will receive about 6,500 fish for Free Fishing Weekend. Take Highway 47 south from Forest Grove and head west on the turn-off south of Dilley.

North Fork Reservoir will receive about 7,500 trout for Free Fishing Weekend. The reservoir is located seven miles south of Estacada off of Highway 224.

Sheridan Pond will receive about 600 trout for Free Fishing Weekend. Sheridan Pond is located just south of Sheridan. Take Exit 33 off Highway 18 and head south. The pond is in Sheridan Wetlands Park on the left side of the road.

Timothy Lake will receive about 5,000 fish for Free Fishing Weekend. Timothy Lake is about 80 miles east of Portland past Mt. Hood. From Highway 26, turn onto Skyline Road, also known as U.S. Forest Service Road 42.

West Salish Pond will receive about 1,500 trout for Free Fishing Weekend. West Salish Pond is located in Salish Ponds Wetlands Park on the north side of NE Glisan Street, just west of NE 207th in Fairview.

For more information about statewide Free Fishing Weekend events, check ODFW’s website.

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