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.

Spring turkey season opens April 15
Turkeys are strutting and gobbling now. Expect snow at high elevations and limited access in some areas until later in the season. 

Take a Friend Hunting – Win a Prize
Experienced hunters who take a new or lapsed person out hunting can enter to win prizes. Both must be adults (18 years and older). More info.

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
April is when spring Chinook begin to enter the Umpqua and Rogue rivers in numbers. 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.