Since You Asked: Free Fishing Weekend doesn’t punish licensed anglers

Q: What’s up with the new Free Fishing Weekend stuff? It seems like it punishes us fishermen who buy licenses and our salmon-steelhead tags. So anybody can go out and kill two steelhead each day this weekend, but if I do, I have to log them on my tag….

A: Free Fishing Weekend has been around for more than two decades after Medford native Mike Bickler got it started during his tenure at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife as a way to recruit new anglers into the fold.

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