Nov. 26, 2019 — Those who find themselves feeling stuffed after Thanksgiving tomorrow can remedy that by fishing, hiking, crabbing or clamming for free throughout Oregon on Friday.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife hosts its annual Free Fishing Days the two days after Thanksgiving.
That means on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29 and 30, no fishing licenses or tags (including a Combined Angling Tag or Columbia River Basin Endorsement or Two-Rod Validation) are required to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon.
Even relatives or friends visiting Oregon from out of state can come along because non-residents are also free on these two Free Fishing days.
Although no licenses or tags are required, all other fishing regulations apply including closures, bag limits and size restrictions.
If you’re planning to fish for salmon, steelhead or marine fish, make sure to check the zone where you are fishing on the ODFW’s Recreation Report for the latest on season and bag limits because regulations for these species change in-season.
The Recreation Report comes out weekly and also features the latest on fishing conditions and opportunities, so check it out before you make your Free Fishing Days plans.
Beginning anglers can try fishing for holdover trout available where lakes and ponds have been stocked earlier in the year; trout are actively feeding in preparation for winter.
Crabbing can be also be good during the winter months.
For anyone crabbing or clamming, remember to call the Shellfish Safety Hotline at 1-800-448-2474 or check ODA’s Recreational Shellfish page to make sure an area is open before heading out.
For tips on how to fish, crab or clam and where to go, visit www.MyODFW.com.
For those who’d rather stick to land and take in the sights, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is inviting Oregonians to ditch the shopping bags this Black Friday and lace up their hiking boots to celebrate “Green Friday” Nov. 29.
OPRD will waive day-use parking fees that day in 25 state parks across Oregon.
“Fall weather brings a different flavor to many state parks and we’re encouraging folks to get outside and explore,” said Lisa Sumption, OPRD director. “This is our fifth year celebrating Green Friday and we’re excited to continue the post-holiday tradition.”
Parking is free year-round at almost all state parks; the waiver applies to the 25 parks that charge $5 daily for parking.
The waiver applies from open to close on Nov. 29, except at Shore Acres State Park, where it expires at 3 p.m. for the Holiday Lights event that runs Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve.
A list of parks that charge the $5 parking fee is available online.
Learn more about Oregon State Parks at www.oregonstateparks.org.