11/27/20 6:35 a.m.
Oregonians can enjoy the state’s wide-open spaces with free fishing days this weekend from the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife.
Today and tomorrow anyone in Oregon can fish, clam, or crab without a license or tags, including the Combined Angling Tag, Columbia River Basin Endorsement, or Two-Rod Validation.
Oregon State Parks is also suspending parking fees, providing free day-use on Friday.
A statement from ODFW says while “Governor Brown has announced a two-week freeze to stop the rapid spread of coronavirus. Spending time outdoors with those in your household is safe, this freeze does not close outdoor areas like state parks.”
All fishing and hunting seasons remain open as scheduled. Fish hatcheries are closed to visitors, but most ODFW wildlife areas are open for hunting, fishing, and viewing.
Fish hatcheries will allow access to fishing grounds off-site as they are able during normal working hours.
While no licenses or tags are required for Friday and Saturday, other fishing regulations apply, including closures, bag limits, and size restrictions.
Call the ODA Shellfish safety hotline at 1-800-448-2474 or check ODA’s Recreational Shellfish webpage before setting out for shell-fishing.
Currently razor clamming is closed along the entire coast due to domoic acid levels. Dungeness crab is also closed in ocean waters until November 30th but open to recreational crabbers in bays, beaches, estuaries, tide pools, piers and jetties along the entire Oregon coast.