Free fishing weekend kicked off National Fishing and Boating Week, a national celebration that highlights the importance of recreational boating and fishing. This year's event takes place June 2-10.
Fishing and boating offer great ways to connect with family and friends, de-stress, and enjoy the great outdoors. Residents and visitors to the state of Oregon are fortunate to be able to experience both freshwater and saltwater, and the Willamette National Forest itself is home to lakes, ponds, streams and rivers, plus access to both motorized and non-motorized boats. This combination offers excellent fishing of steelhead, bass, chinook and kokanee salmon, and many kinds of trout.
Another key benefit of fishing and boating: participation actually helps fund efforts to conserve our natural waterways. A portion of all fishing tackle and license sales, as well as boat supply and registration sales, fund the conservation and preservation of our nation's waterways through a program called the Sport Fish Restoration Program. This means that every time you purchase a fishing license or register a boat, you are helping improve the natural places you love. (Credit: Takemefishing.org)
Get outside, enjoy the water and do good during this national celebration - and all summer long.