FALL INTO FISHING
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WDFW to stock more than 100,000 trout in Washington lakes
With thousands of rainbow trout destined for Washington lakes before November, anglers should have plenty of places to enjoy great fishing this fall and through the holiday season. Learn more >>

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RECREATIONAL CRAB FISHING
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Several areas of Puget Sound are open for late-season recreational crab fishing
Several marine areas of Puget Sound will reopen for recreational crab fishing on Oct. 7 Learn more >>


SEASON SETTING
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State fishery managers are seeking public comment on a proposed package of simplified recreational fishing regulations for freshwater species, such as steelhead, trout and warmwater fish.
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ATLANTIC SALMON
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WDFW asks anglers to report their Atlantic salmon catch online
WDFW is encouraging anglers who catch Atlantic salmon that escaped from a salmon farm near the San Juan Islands on Aug. 19 to report their catch online. Learn more >>

GOING SALMON FISHING IN CANADA?
Canadian flag Anglers who plan to fish for salmon in Canadian marine waters and return in their boats with their catch to Washington are required to notify WDFW before leaving state waters.

Canada no longer provides U.S. anglers with a way to document their legally caught salmon in Canadian waters. In order to pass a dockside inspection upon their return to Washington, anglers need to complete an online form notifying WDFW of their plans to fish for salmon in Canadian waters.

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2017-2018 Sport Fishing
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(last updated June 28, 2017)
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FISHING
Lowland Lakes Fishing Season Opens April 22nd

Hundreds of lowland lakes are open with new opportunities to pull in prize fish
Several hundred lowland lakes stocked with millions of fish are open for a six-month season.  Learn more >>

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RECREATIONAL SALMON FISHING
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When and Where to Fish for Salmon
Figuring out when and where to fish for salmon is one of the most asked questions for beginning salmon anglers. You will find many useful tools on this website to help you decide when and where to go.

Know the 5 species of salmon and how to identify them
How salmon seasons are set

FISH and WILDLIFE LICENSE PLATES
Recreational Crab Fishing Steelhead License Plates
Support efforts to conserve steelhead in Washington by purchasing a steelhead specialty license plate for your vehicle. Learn more >>

FISH WASHINGTON
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Fish Washington: One stop shopping to learn where, when and how to go fishing in Washington
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GREAT WASHINGTON GETAWAYS
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Washington state is blessed with diverse landscapes, great camping, and excellent fishing opportunities. Whether you're planning a trip now or in the future, the trout, salmon, steelhead, bass, walleye and tuna will be waiting for you, along with many other attractions and accommodations that make for unforgettable vacations.
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BOTTOMFISH
Protecting Washington’s Rockfish
Washington is home to many species of rockfish.  Populations of some species are healthy but others, such as yelloweye, canary and bocaccio, are suffering and have been listed under the Endangered Species Act. Within Puget Sound, WDFW has implemented recreational depth and area restrictions, and closed commercial fisheries that target rockfish or have a high potential to encounter them as bycatch. 
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   LATEST NEWS
Sections of Snake River to open Oct. 15 to steelhead retention; catch limit to increase on tributaries
WDFW seeks volunteers for Puget Sound sportfishing advisory group
Several areas of Puget Sound reopen Oct. 7 for late-season recreational crab fishing
WDFW to host meeting on options for 2018 halibut season
Cowlitz, Green, North Fork Toutle rivers will close to chinook salmon fishing
WDFW proposes simplified freshwater fishing regulations, seeks public comment
Women's workshop offers instruction in fishing, hunting and outdoor skills
 
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