Everyone can fish for free in Oregon this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 15 and 16.
No fishing licenses or tags are required to fish, crab or clam in Oregon on these days, however, all other fishing regulations apply, including closures, bag limits and size restrictions — go to www.eregulations.com/oregon/fishing for details.
While nonresidents can also fish for free Aug. 15-16, there are still special restrictions in place 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 them in some areas. A few other clamming and crabbing closures are in effect — see myodfw.com/recreation-report/crabbing-clamming-report/marine-zone for details. Also remember to always call the ODA Shellfish safety hotline at 1-800-448-2474 or check ODA’s recreational shellfish page before you head out. 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.
New to fishing and wondering where to go? Check the recreation report — myodfw.com/recreation-report. It is updated on Thursday each week for the best opportunities for the weekend.
Also, remember to follow ongoing precautions in place due to the virus:
• Practice social distancing. Keep 6 feet between you and anyone who doesn’t live in your immediate household, including while on a boat or at a fish cleaning station.
• Wear a mask. Recreation areas can get more crowded on the weekends and during Free Fishing Weekend. Wear a mask outdoors when you can’t maintain 6 feet of distance from someone who doesn’t live in your household.
• Stay home if you are sick.
• Wash your hands often. Keep up on personal hygiene and bring your own water, soap and hand sanitizer with you.
• Be prepared. Restrooms and other facilities may be more limited. Bring your own soap, water, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, food, etc.
• Avoid crowds. Go someplace else if your destination looks crowded.
• Pack out what you pack in. Take any garbage with you.
• Check for access before you go. Many spots have reopened to public access, but some may still be closed now due to wildfire season, as well as COVID-19. ODFW does not control access to land or facilities (such as boat ramps) that it doesn’t manage, so check with the land manager or facility owner where you want to go about what’s open before you leave home.
“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.”