Free fishing

Free Fishing Weekend will return this Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2, with fun events on offer along the Oregon Coast for folks who want to get their line in the water.

During these two days, no fishing licenses or tags are required to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon for residents and non-residents. Although no licenses or tags are required, all other fishing regulations apply including closures, bag limits and size restrictions.

Anglers and their families are invited to come out to Olalla Reservoir near Toledo for a fun-filled day of fishing from 9 am to 2 pm on Saturday, June 1. The event will include a stocked fish enclosure for youth fishing, an adult reservoir-wide fishing derby, and other family activities. All events are free and all kids will receive a goody bag courtesy of Georgia Pacific.

ODFW will provide rods, reels, tackle and bait for the day. People who prefer to use their own equipment are welcome to bring it along. Volunteer fishing instructors will be available to help participants set up their gear, cast, catch and even clean fish.

Parking at Olalla Reservoir is reserved for people launching boats. All other participants will need to take the shuttle from Toledo High School, 1800 NE Sturdevant Road.

Further north, the Hebo Ranger District will be offering a similar event from 9 am to 2 pm. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to provide equipment, teach kids how to bait and cast, and provide adults with tips on basic rigging, fish identification and casting. The event includes a fishing contest with prizes for children aged four to 14. Bait and loaner rods will be available.

Hebo Lake is located four miles northeast of Hebo. For more information, contact the Hebo Ranger Station at 503-392-5100.

Saturday Free Fishing events:

• Alsea, Oregon Hatchery Research Center, 7 am-2 pm

• Hebo, Hebo Lake, 10 am-2 pm

• Otis, Salmon River Hatchery, 8 am-noon

• Rockaway Beach, Nedonna Pond, 9 am-2 pm

• Tillamook, Trask River Hatchery, 8 am-3 pm

• Toledo, Olalla Reservoir, 9 am-2 pm

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