ice fishing Diamond Lake

Anglers are ice fishing at Diamond Lake in this photo from February of 2013. Fish and Wildlife officials urge those planning to go ice fishing to check conditions and always follow safety tips.

SALEM — To celebrate the coming holiday weekend, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering free fishing, crabbing and clamming throughout the state on Saturday and Sunday.

During these two days, no fishing licenses or tags (including a Combined Angling Tag or Columbia River Basin Endorsement) are required to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon for both residents and non-residents. Although no licenses or tags are required, all other fishing regulations apply including closures, bag limits and size restrictions.

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.

Look for the latest on fishing conditions and regulations at ODFW’s Weekly Recreation Report online at https://myodfw.com/recreation-report, which is updated every Thursday.

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