What the bill does:
Allows State Fish and Wildlife Commission to issue order allowing angling of fish or taking of shellfish
without licenses or tags for two days up to four times per year. Establishes Oregon Fishing
Experience Enhancement Subaccount in Fish and Wildlife Account. Directs use of funds in
Establishes nine member Oregon Outdoor Activities Investment Planning Task Force.
Directs Task Force to develop plan for increasing angling activities for Oregon residents under 17 and
establish a 50-year strategic plan for increasing availability of high-quality outdoor recreational
activities. Requires Task Force to report to interim committees of Legislative Assembly related to
environment and natural resources no later than September 15, 2016. Disbands Task Force on
December 31, 2016.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife publicizes a free fishing weekend the first full weekend in
June. While all existing regulations apply during this weekend, the Department offers Oregon
residents and visitors a full weekend to fish, crab, and clam without a license or tags.
House Bill 3459 would allow the State Fish and Wildlife Commission to offer 4 weekends or 8 days of
license- and tag-free fishing per year.