Free fishing, crabbing and clam digging in Oregon on President's Day Weekend (Feb. 16-17)

FILE - A father and son hold a fresh catch at the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen's Show in Portland, Oregon. (KATU photo - Tristan Fortsch)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Looking for some outdoor fun on President’s Day weekend?

Oregon Fish & Wildlife is offering free fishing, crabbing, and claims across the state on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 16-17. The free days apply to Oregonians or people who do not live in the state.

For the two days, anglers will not need fishing licenses or tags (including a Combined Angling Tag or Columbia River Basin Endorsement) to fish, crab, or dig clams anywhere in Oregon.

Rules like bag limits, size restrictions, and closures still apply.

“This time of year, the best opportunity will be winter steelhead on the coast, stocked hatchery rainbow trout in the Willamette Valley and mid-coast lakes, and ice-fishing in northeast and southeast Oregon,” wildlife officials said.

You can check in on the state’s latest fishing condition reports and regulations on the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Weekly Recreation Report, which gets updated each Thursday.

There is also a trout stocking schedule to find out when local lakes get stocked with hatchery rainbow trout.

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