ODFW Weekly Recreational Report


First of several Free Fishing Days will take place April 22-23
Anglers and would-be anglers can enjoy a weekend of free fishing on April 22-23. On these two days, Oregonians and visitors can fish, crab and clam for free anywhere in Oregon without a license, tag or endorsement.

This is the first of eight Free Fishing days in Oregon this year. Additional free days are June 3-4, Nov. 25-26, and Dec. 31-Jan. 1.

Youth-only turkey hunting season this weekend
Hunters age 17 and under get the field to themselves April 8-9. An adult 21 years or older needs to accompany the youth hunter. More details on page 19 of the Oregon Game Bird Regulations.

Spring bear hunting season
Seasons open April 1 and April 15. With the above average snow pack this year, biologists expect hunting to be slow in the early part of the season.

Learn to fly fish
Let ODFW introduce you to the art and science of fly fishing at a May 6 class in Camp Sherman. The class will take place at the Wizard Falls Hatchery on the Metolius River and will include casting, fly selection, knot tying and an afternoon of fishing. Cost includes use of all gear and lunch. Learn more and register.

Put coastal spring Chinook on your radar
Late March and early April is when spring Chinook begin to enter the Umpqua and Rogue rivers. Keep an eye out for updates in the SW Zone.

Learn to hunt and fish
Steelhead fishing, turkey hunting clinics coming up. See odfwcalendar.com for latest classes.

Tips for ethical shed hunting
Oregon had a real winter this year so it’s more important than ever to shed hunt ethically. Respect access closures and motor vehicle restrictions or even consider delaying shed hunting till spring. More information here,