Free Fishing Weekend will be September 1 & 2

Salem – Free fishing will return to Oregon the Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day Weekend throughout the state on September 1 and 2.

On those days, fishing, crabbing, and clamming is free to all residents and non-residents, meaning no fishing licenses or tags, including a Combined Angling Tag or Columbia River Basin Endorsement are required.

Regular rules and regulations apply, such as bag limits, size restrictions, and closures. 

“Get out and enjoy the last weekend of summer and do some fishing with family and friends,” said Mike Gauvin, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife recreational fisheries manager.

ODFW puts out a weekly recreation report, found at The report, updated weekly on Wednesdays, includes a rundown of hunting and fishing prospects, fire regulations and closures, and stocking schedules.

Locally, the last time that Dorman Pond (located in Gales Creek on Highway 6 just west of the Highway 6 and 8 junction) was stocked with trout was in late April or early May, when 2,000 trout were added to the popular fishing spot, according to ODFW’s stocking schedule. 

To date, 5,000 trout have been stocked in Dorman Pond this year.

Oregon’s last free fishing weekend of 2018 is scheduled for the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving Day on November 23-24.