Thanks for all the fish

Traci Meredith helps her son Barrett fish for trout at Canby Pond during an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife free fishing event.

If the thought of turkey sandwiches in the days after Thanksgiving leaves you feeling queasy, bundle up and catch something else for lunch, with free fishing throughout Oregon on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 24 and 25.

All fishing, crabbing and clamming in Oregon will be free for both Oregon residents and non-residents, with no licenses, tags or endorsements required. All other fishing regulations apply.

Thanksgiving usually marks the beginning of winter steelhead season on the coast, and some early returning hatchery fish have already been caught.

While some crabbing closures are in effect due to domoic acid, recreational crabbing is open in bays and estuaries and on beaches, docs, and piers from the north jetty of Coos Bay to Tahkenitch Creek and from north of Cape Foulweather to the Columbia River. For updates, go to www.oregon.gov/ODA/programs/FoodSafety/Shellfish/Pages/ShellfishClosures.aspx.

Bay clam and mussel harvesting are currently open along the entire Oregon Coast and razor clamming is open on Clatsop County beaches.

Be sure to check water conditions and the weather forecast before heading out and dress appropriately.

For tips on how and where to fish, crab and clam, go to ODFW’s new webpage, www.myodfw.com, and click on the tab for “Recreation Report.”

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