12 Family Fishing Events for Oregon’s Free Fishing Weekend

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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, along with organizations and volunteers, are hosting a dozen Family Fishing Events across the state this weekend.

Event organizers provide tackle and assistance to help guests. They are great places to learn some basic techniques people can use to plan their own outings.

The events coincide with the state’s traditional Free Fishing Weekend, which runs both Saturday and Sunday (June 1 and 2). On those two days, people can go fishing or shellfishing without the usual licenses or tags, but they still must follow other rules.

You’ll find more information about Family Fishing Events here.

Here is a list of Family Fishing Events broken down by zone:

Northwest Zone

  • Cleawox Lake (near Florence), 9 a.m.-2 p.m. See our Guide to Fishing at Cleawox Lake.
  • Gnat Creek Hatchery (between Clatskanie and Astoria), 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Hebo Lake (east of Hebo and Pacific City), 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  
  • Olalla Creek Reservoir (near Toledo, Newport), 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  See our Guide to Fishing at Olalla Lake.
  • Trask Hatchery (near Tillamook), 9 a.m.-12 p.m. This one is for kids under 16 only. It will run from noon until 2:30 or until all fish have been caught.

Southwest Zone

Willamette Zone

Northeast Zone

  • Twin Ponds (Ukiah), 9 a.m.-12 p.m.