ODFW Makes it Easy to Take the Family Fishing


Family Fishing Events are happening around the state —and fishing is free for everyone June 1-2, 2019!

Each year, Oregon Fish and Wildlife stocks millions of trout in lakes and ponds across Oregon.

We don’t just stock them—we teach you how to catch them!

Join ODFW at an upcoming Family Fishing Event from spring through November at locations around the state. We provide loaner rods, reels, tackle and bait at each event—or bring your own if you prefer. ODFW volunteer fishing instructors are also on hand to teach kids and adults how to catch and clean fish.

No pre-registration is needed and Family Fishing events are free to attend. Anyone age 12 or older needs a fishing license. (Kids age 11 and under don’t need one). The $10 Youth License for ages 12-17 lets kids fish, hunt, crab and clam year-round. Adults can purchase a one-day, multi-day or annual fishing license (annual license is $41 for adult Oregon residents).

New this year, buy your license online via MyODFW.com and print for use immediately, or carry it on your phone via the MyODFW app! Licenses are also sold at many outdoor goods stores.

Can’t make it to an event but still want to learn how to fish? Head to MyODFW.com to watch the How to fish for trout video series, check some of the other tips and tactics available on our Fishing page and see the latest on where to find the best fishing at the Weekly Recreation Report.

Free Fishing Weekend June 1-2, 2019

Maybe you are interested in fishing, but not ready to commit to purchasing a license?

 A few weekends each year, fishing is free throughout Oregon. That means you can fish, clam or crab anywhere in the state without any license, tag, or endorsement. All other fishing regulations apply.

The next Free Fishing Weekend is June 1-2, 2019. ODFW and volunteer fishing instructors host events all over the state that weekend, again providing loaner fishing gear and people to help you learn how to catch and clean a fish. Find all the events happening June 1-2 at https://myodfw.com/articles/2019-free-fishing-days-and-events

Family Fishing Events

Events free to attend and no registration required. Fishing license required for ages 12 and above.

Bend, Shevlin Pond, June 20, 9 am – 12 pm

Central Point, Denman Wildlife Area, June 8, 10 am – 2:30 pm

Coos Bay, July 4, Mingus Park, 9 am to 1 pm

Dufur, Camp Baldwin, May 11, 8:30 am-2 pm

Eugene, Alton Baker Canoe Canal, June 15, 10 am – 2 pm

Florence, Cleawox Lake, June 8, 9 am-2 p.m.

Gervais, St Louis Ponds, October 12, 9 am – 2 pm

Gresham, Mt Hood Pond, May 25, 9 am – 2 pm

Gresham, Mt Hood Pond, Oct. 19, 9 am-2 pm

Hermiston, McNary Chanel Ponds, May 18, 10 am-noon

North Bend, July Jubiliee, July 20, 9 am– 1 pm

Parkdale, Middle Fork Pond, May 18, 8:30 am-2 pm

Pendleton, Jubilee Lake, July 6, 9 am-2 pm

Powers, Powers Pond, May 18, 10 am- 2 pm

Salem, State Capitol Mall, May 25, 9 am-noon. Event sponsored by Oregon Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus and other organizations.

Salem, Walter Wirth Lake Cascades Gateway Park, Nov. 26, 9 am-noon

Siletz, Dundas Pond, July 7, 9 am-2 pm

Waldport, Eckman Lake, May 18, 8:30 am -2 pm

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