NORTH OF FALCON 2015
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Washington's salmon fisheries set for 2015
State and tribal co-managers today agreed on a package of salmon fisheries that meets conservation goals for wild salmon populations and provides fishing opportunities on healthy stocks. Learn more >>

FISHING
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Hundreds of lakes open April 25 for biggest fishing day of the year
Trout fishing in Washington hits full speed April 25, when several hundred lowland lakes - stocked with millions of fish - open for a six-month season. Learn more >>

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Trout Stocking Weekly Reports

RECREATIONAL SHRIMP FISHING
Recreational Shrimp Fishing Recreational shrimp fishery opens May 2 in Puget Sound
Recreational spot shrimp fishing will open May 2 in Puget Sound under seasons announced today by WDFW. Learn more >>

WILLAPA BAY SALMON MANAGEMENT
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Fish and Wildlife Commission adopts interim Willapa Bay salmon policy
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has adopted an interim policy for managing salmon fisheries in Willapa Bay designed to accelerate the recovery of natural-origin chinook salmon.
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Willapa Bay Salmon Management Website

RECREATIONAL RAZOR CLAMMING
Photo of a razor clam limit on the beach with a clam shovel in the background. Eight days of razor clam digging starts April 17
All of the digs are scheduled on morning tides. No digging will be allowed on any beach after noon. Learn more >>
How Recreational Razor Clam Seasons are Set
How to Dig Razor Clams
Try these delicious Razor Clam recipes
Things to do, Places to Stay
Long Beach Razor Clam Festival--April 18 and 19

FISH WASHINGTON
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Fishing Seasons & Rules
Great Washington Getaways
Trout Stocking Reports

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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HALIBUT FISHING

2015 halibut seasons provide more fishing options in Columbia River area
Anglers can expect halibut fishing seasons this year to be similar to 2014 for the Puget Sound and coastal waters, with some additional fishing opportunities in the Columbia River area. WDFW sets halibut seasons using catch quotas adopted by the International Pacific Halibut Commission. The recreational catch quota for all of Washington’s areas is 214,110 pounds, the same as last year. Learn more >>

 


 
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2014-2015 Sport Fishing
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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

 


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. 
Bottomfish of Washington
Bottomfish Identification Guide
 
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   LATEST NEWS
Washington's salmon fisheries set for 2015
Eight days of razor clam digging starts April 17
Recreational shrimp fishery opens May 2 in Puget Sound
Snake River spring chinook fishery will get under way Sunday, April 19
Hundreds of lakes open April 25 for biggest fishing day of the year
Anglers get at least 2 more days to catch chinook on lower Columbia
2015 halibut seasons provide more fishing options in Columbia River area
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Shellfish Beach Closures
Marine Biotoxin Bulletin
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The latest in fish and wildlife recreational opportunities across Washington State.
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Sport Fishing Regulations and Seasons
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Sportfishing Rule Changes for 2015-2016
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Marine Protected Areas in Puget Sound
Economic Analysis of the Non-Treaty Commercial and Recreational Fisheries in Washington State
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