Fish for free during holiday weekend

This year, opting outside for Black Friday could be a bigger bargain than anything you might find in the stores. The Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 27 and 28, are Free Fishing Days in Oregon.

That means you can fish, crab or clam for free – no license, tag or endorsement required. Some restrictions apply, such as all current closures, bag limits and other regulations still apply.

Anglers have been catching fall Chinook in the Chetco, Elk, Sixes and Winchuck Rivers, where water conditions have been excellent, according to ODFW’s weekly fishing report.

Low flow angling closures were lifted on the Chetco, Winchuck, and Sixes Rivers effective Nov. 17. Recent rains and more showers expected this week have fall Chinook moving up river and migrating throughout the mainstems of these rivers.

For the Chetco and Winchuck rivers, anglers are reminded they cannot continue angling for any species once they retain a single adult hatchery or wild fall Chinook.

The fall chinook bag limit reductions for south coast rivers remain in effect through December 31, 2020. Anglers should carefully check the SW Zone regulations: https://myodfw.com/recreation-report/fishing-report/ southwest-zone

Low flow closure boundaries were suggested by anglers who attended public meetings in spring 2019 and provided feedback after last year’s angling season. The low flow closures are consistent with ODFW’s Coastal Multi-Species Conservation and Management Plan and the Rogue Fall Chinook Salmon Plan.

Pistol River and Hunter Creek remain closed, but Floras Creek is open.

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