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Need to figure out controlled hunts or find a place to clam -- there are articles on that. Want to hunt or fish for the first time, but aren't sure how -- we've got articles for that. 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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Tips for beginning anglers:

  • Trout, bass, bluegill and other panfish are great ways to get started.
  • Use the filter by topic function to look for articles on How to fish. (Don’t forget to hit the Apply button.)
  • There’s a Where to fish option, as well.

Tips for beginning hunters:

  • Ducks, turkey and small game (squirrels and rabbits) are good choices for your first hunts.
  • Use the filter by topic function to look for articles on How to hunt for big game, and How to hunt for game birds. (Don’t forget to hit the Apply button.)
  • There are Where to hunt options, as well.
Opportunity for kids

Mentored Youth Hunter Program allows youth 9 through 15 years of age to hunt without first passing an approved hunter education...

How to fish

Two commonly caught species of salmon are coho and Chinook. Fishing regulations require anglers to correctly identify salmon species as restrictions...

How to hunt big game

Rabbit hunting is the third most popular type of hunting activity in the U.S., behind wild turkey and deer hunting....

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 clam and crab

Just a few miles south of Newport, the town of Waldport (population 2,000) is on the shores of Alsea Bay....

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...

Where to clam and crab

Nehalem Bay offers both beach and boat access to softshell and purple varnish clam beds.

Where to hunt game birds

A beginner's guide to waterfowl hunting on Sauvie Island - an introduction. Part 1 of a 5 part series.

Where to clam and crab

Siletz Bay, located at the south end of Lincoln city, is a very popular destination for beach-goers and clam diggers....

Where to fish

Let’s go fishing on Saturday. Not enough time to go fishing? Think again – if you live in the Medford...

Where to hunt game birds

A beginner's guide to waterfowl hunting on Sauvie Island - hunting in the North Unit. Part 4 of a 5...

Where to clam and crab

Umpqua River is one of Oregon's largest estuaries; however, high freshwater influence makes the bay seasonal for crabbing. Softshell clam...

Where to fish

Lane County offers so much to explore -- from coastal lakes and rivers to mountain lakes and streams. The Willamette...

Where to hunt game birds

State Wildlife Areas available for bird hunting in the Columbia Basin. Part 2 of a 4 part series of articles.

How to clam and crab

Razor clams and other bivalves are filter feeders that eat single celled plants called phytoplankton. Some species of phytoplankton manufacture biological...

Where to fish

The south coast area extends along the Oregon coast from Yachats south to the Oregon-California border. The area offers some...

How to fish

More fish are probably lost because of improperly tied knots than any other single reason. Yet anglers who spend hours...

Where to hunt game birds

Legal shooting hours for game bird and Northwest Permit Goose during the 2020-21 hunting seasons.

Where to fish

Oregon's Klamath and Lake counties offer outstanding warmwater fishing in the region's lakes and reservoirs, and even in the lower...

How to fish

Bass are an increasingly popular game fish even in a state noted for its native salmon, steelhead and trout. Bass...

How to hunt big game

The four options below are designed for self-motivated students with good reading and comprehension skills - just choose one. All four course...

Where to fish

Most warmwater anglers traveling to the northeast area are probably heading to Brownlee Reservoir, a huge 15,000 acre waterbody located...

Where to fish

Salmon, steelhead and smallmouth bass offer world-class fishing here year-round. Rainbow trout are stocked in the upper Rogue and in...

How to fish

Piloted in 2014, the Tag Team Program helps ODFW fish biologists better understand the effectiveness of stocking efforts.
It’s also a...