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Need to figure out controlled hunts or find a place to clam -- there are articles on that. Looking for a wildlife area parking permit or a place to take the family fishing -- we've got articles for that, too. Filter by topic or category, or use the search function to find the information you need to go fishing, crabbing/clamming, hunting or wildlife viewing.

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How to fish

With ODFW’s electronic licensing system, you can now purchase your licenses and tags online 24/7, 365 days a year, and...

Buying a license or permit

Hunting and fishing licenses are generally valid for the calendar year. The exceptions are game bird hunting permits and validations...

Where to fish

Recurring drought conditions in central Oregon in recent years has had a significant impact on water levels in Wickiup Reservoir....

How to fish

Summer is a great time to be on the Pacific chasing ocean salmon. Whether you captain your own ship
or...

How to fish

As temperatures heat up during spring and summer, be on the watch for harmful algae blooms when recreating in Oregon...

How to fish

Fishing Oregon’s high lakes is not just for dedicated anglers. It also appeals to hikers and backpackers who head to...

How to fish

Not all of Oregon’s high lakes support fish populations. To help create fisheries in some of these off-road areas, ODFW...

How to fish

Crappie are scrappy, hard-fighting fish, and with a two-rod validation you can double the excitement of reeling in these delicious...

Where to fish

Each year ODFW stocks millions of trout in dozens of reservoirs, lakes and ponds across the state.
Finding these locations...

Where to fish

When you visit Oregon's central coast, from the Cascade Head to Florence, bring your fishing rod with you.
The many opportunities...

Where to fish

Visitors to Oregon's south coast can enjoy a  variety of opportunities from jetty fishing for rockfish and lingcod,
to some...

Where to fish

Feisty lingcod along rugged shores, lively surfperch against ocean beaches and fat rockfish among jetty rocks: these are just some of...

Where to fish

Visitors to Oregon's north coast, from the Columbia River down to Nestucca Bay, can enjoy varied surf, jetty and ocean, and...

Where to fish

The north Willamette area includes the Columbia River from Bonneville downstream to St. Helens and the lower Willamette Basin north...

Where to fish

The central area follows the Deschutes River Basin along the eastern slope of the Cascades, and includes the middle reaches...

Where to fish

The southeast area covers the high desert country of Harney and Malheur counties and is the most arid region of...

Buying a license or permit

The Columbia River Enhancement Fund was established in 2013 by the Oregon State Legislature in order to help implement the...

Opportunity for kids

Fishing with your kids or grandkids can be a lot of fun for all. Check out ODFW's fishing opportunities for...

Where to fish

Let’s go fishing on Saturday. Not enough time? Think again – if you live in the Roseburg area, there are...

Where to fish

Whether it's a 6-inch bluegill or a trophy-size bass, Oregon's warmwater fish offer anglers of all ages a variety of...

How to fish

More people in Oregon fish for trout than for any other kind of fish. Anglers can experience a lifetime of...

How to fish

There are several ways to begin your fishing journey – you can join a friend or family member on their...

How to fish

A quick guide to cleaning and storing the fish you catch.

How to fish

Surf fishing is one of Oregon’s most underutilized fisheries. There are hundreds of places to fish along Oregon’s sandy beaches,...