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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RECREATIONAL CRAB FISHING
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Most Puget Sound marine areas open to crabbing
Sport crab fisheries are underway in all but one Puget Sound marine area. Learn more >>

 
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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
Pier 86 on Seattle waterfront closes for public safety
Sanddab record falls to recently retired WDFW regional director
Summer chinook fishery reopens on the lower Columbia River
Arizona angler sets Blue Shark sport fish record
Meetings scheduled on planned rotenone treatments of eastern Washington waters
Women's workshop offers instruction in fishing, hunting and outdoor skills
 
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The latest in fish and wildlife recreational opportunities across Washington State.
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Economic Analysis of the Non-Treaty Commercial and Recreational Fisheries in Washington State
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