Remember the first time you hooked your first catch? Whether you are seven or
seventy-seven, the excitement and pride at reeling in your first fish is nothing short of
spectacular. The sound of your line as you cast, the kerplunk when it hits the water and
the clicking of the reel as you draw your line tight all lead to the anticipation and hope of
catching the next big one.

The warm weather months are fast approaching. Right now is a great time to start
prepping for your first fishing trip of the summer. Both Oregon and Idaho offer annual
free fishing days. These are a great opportunity for both children and adults to learn the
basics of fishing and for individuals and families to fish for free at any of the states’
ponds or lakes.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will offer a Free Fishing Weekend June
3-4, 2017. Visit their website at for valuable information
pertaining to the state’s fishing laws and licensing. Be sure to check out where to fish,
catch up on fishing reports and view their event calendar
to see what other free family activities will be offered in 2017.

Why not take advantage of free fishing two weekends in a row? The Idaho Department
of Fish and Game will also offer a Free Fishing Day on June 10, 2017. Visiting them
online at will again, provide additional information of value about
what the state has to offer to make your fishing experiences great.

Fishing is a phenomenal activity that can be both relaxing and exhilarating at the same
time. And what activity wouldn’t be complete without a little bit of boredom and
frustration mixed in for good measure. But all that makes this sport what it is…fun.
Whether you are first timer or a master angler, it’s a hobby for all to enjoy!
Ready to cook up today’s catch? Check out this great fish recipe.

Delicious Grilled Salmon
This recipe uses a simple soy sauce and brown sugar marinade, with hints of lemon and garlic. The contrast makes the perfect salty-sweet complement to rich salmon fillets.


1 1/2 pounds salmon fillets
lemon pepper to taste
garlic powder to taste
salt to taste
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup vegetable oil


Prep: 15 m
Cook: 16 m
Ready: In 2 h 31 m
Season salmon fillets with lemon pepper, garlic powder, and salt.
1. In a small bowl, stir together soy sauce, brown sugar, water, and vegetable oil until sugar is dissolved. Place fish in a large resealable plastic bag with the soy sauce mixture, seal, and turn to coat. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
2. Preheat grill for medium heat.
3. Lightly oil grill grate. Place salmon on the preheated grill, and discard marinade. Cook salmon for 6 to 8 minutes per side, or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.