SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) will host about 30 different Family Fishing events throughout the state from this month through November. 

All family fishing events are free and open to all ages. 

Children 11 years old and younger do not need a fishing license. However, those ages 12-17 will need a youth license, which can be purchased from any ODFW license agent or online via for $10. 

Adult anglers will also need an Oregon fishing license. 

Licenses won’t be issued at the event, so those who are required to have one should obtain their license ahead of time.

ODFW and volunteers will also hand out rods, reels, tackle and bait to participants while supplies last. 

Pre-registration is not required and participants are welcome to bring their own fishing equipment if they prefer. 

ODFW staff and volunteer instructors will be present to assist with everything from gearing up, casting, landing and cleaning fish.

Free fishing events in the Northeast Zone of Oregon include from 10 a.m.-noon on May 18 at the McNary Channel Ponds near Hermiston, and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on July 6 at Jubilee Lake near Tollgate.

“Family fishing events are wonderful ways for new or beginner anglers to get out and experience fishing,” said Amanda Boyles, ODFW Angler Education Coordinator. “Volunteers and staff are more than willing to help with all fishing-related questions and all you need to bring with you is your license (if you’re 12 or older) and a smile on your face! Good luck, have fun, and say ‘thank you’ to all the ODFW volunteers you see out there because they make these events possible.”

Each Family Fishing pond will be regularly stocked with trout by ODFW. 

Review the stocking schedules to find out what’s being stocked throughout the year. 

Detailed information about these opportunities to take your family fishing can be found at website

Anyone unable to participate in these fishing events can explore many other fishing, hunting or wildlife viewing opportunities at ODFW’s recreation website, including classes and workshops held for all ages, at website

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