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Free fishing available June 6-7

Anyone can fish for free in Oregon and Washington next weekend, June 6-7, with a few caveats in Washington.

Oregon rules are lenient: Fish for anything as long as you follow all current regulations such as bag and size limits, closures, etc. No additional licenses or tags are required for salmon, sturgeon, halibut, crabs, clams, etc.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife won’t host or sponsor any Free Fishing Weekend events this year because of COVID-19 concerns. Many traditional events have also been canceled by organizers.

While the department isn’t publishing its trout-stocking schedule until after the coronavirus pandemic ends, this is typically a major week to plant catchable rainbows in many Northwest Oregon waters.

Both states are urging anglers to remain close to home.

Anyone, including non-residents, can also fish for free in Washington. Be sure to check all regulations, many of which have changed because of pandemic restrictions.

Washington does require everyone to obtain a free catch-record card if they fish for all but one species for which a card is used. A halibut card is $5.50. Washington has closed all halibut fishing and razor clam digging on the coast.

Nearshore halibut season is open on the central Oregon Coast.

Non-residents who already purchased licenses before the suspension began are able to fish in Washington outside of Free-Fishing weekend.

— The Oregonian

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