NORTH OF FALCON 2015
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Federal council adopts alternatives for ocean salmon sport fisheries
Anglers fishing along the Washington coast will likely see a catch quota for chinook salmon similar to last year's and a lower quota for coho, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Thursday. Learn more >>

SEASON SETTING
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Public can propose changes to freshwater Puget Sound and Coast fisheries
People with ideas about how to improve state freshwater sportfisheries in the Puget Sound and Washington coastal regions can submit their proposals to the WDFW through March 31. See full story >>

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RECREATIONAL RAZOR CLAMMING
Photo of a razor clam limit on the beach with a clam shovel in the background. WDFW approves morning razor clam digs starting April 4
State shellfish managers have approved a weeklong series of razor clam digs starting April 4 at four ocean beaches. Diggers are reminded they will need a valid 2015-16 fishing license to participate in all upcoming razor clam digs. Learn more >>
How Recreational Razor Clam Seasons are Set
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Try these delicious Razor Clam recipes
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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 >>

 


WILLAPA BAY SALMON MANAGEMENT
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WDFW seeks comments on revised draft policy for Willapa Bay salmon fisheries
State fisheries managers are seeking public comments through March 26 on a revised draft policy to improve salmon management for Willapa Bay. The revised draft policy includes new provisions proposed by the public to conserve wild salmon runs, clarify catch allocation, and reduce conflicts between sport and commercial fishers in Willapa Bay.  
Learn More >>
Willapa Bay Salmon Management Website

FISH WASHINGTON
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Fishing Seasons & Rules
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GREAT WASHINGTON GETAWAYS
Great Washington Getaways icon. Washington state is blessed with diverse landscapes, great camping, and excellent fishing opportunities. Whether you're planning a trip in 2014 or beyond, 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. Start Vacation Planning Today! >>

 
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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
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   LATEST NEWS
Federal council adopts alternatives for ocean salmon sport fisheries
WDFW approves morning razor clam digs starting April 4
WDFW seeks input for 2015 Willapa Bay salmon fisheries
2015 halibut seasons provide more fishing options in Columbia River area
Eastern WA public meetings on salmon fishing season setting scheduled March 24 in Clarkston, March 25 in Kennewick
No catchable-size trout in five Columbia Basin lakes set to open April 1
WDFW seeks comments on proposal to open fishing for flatfish in Quilcene, Dabob bays
WDFW seeks comments on revised draft policy for Willapa Bay salmon fisheries
Public can propose changes to freshwater Puget Sound and Coast fisheries
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