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Drought conditions prompt fishing closures, restrictions on numerous rivers
State fishery managers are closing or restricting fishing on more than 30 rivers throughout Washington to help protect fish in areas where drought conditions have reduced flows and increased water temperatures.

Quillayute River system tributaries to close
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Drought prompts fishing moratorium for sturgeon on Columbia, Snake rivers

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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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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


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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Anglers limited to 1 chinook per day off La Push and Neah Bay
Chinook retention to end off Neah Bay
Columbia River salmon season extended with new catch limit
Commission to consider waterfowl seasons, discuss steelhead management
Drought conditions prompt fishing closures, restrictions on numerous rivers
Warm water prompts closure of sockeye fishery on upper Columbia River
WDFW takes steps to reduce effects of drought at fish hatcheries
Chinook salmon fishing in Marine Area 9 will close at the end of the day Sunday
Coho salmon caught in lower Columbia must be released under new fishing rule
Culvert project near Cathlamet may delay anglers, other travelers
Drought prompts fishing moratorium for sturgeon on Columbia, Snake rivers
WDFW releases trout early into King County's Morton Lake
Crab fishing to open early in Hood Canal
Meeting set to discuss management options for fall fisheries on Kalama, Washougal rivers
Meetings scheduled on planned rotenone treatments of eastern Washington waters
Public input sought on wild steelhead management zones in Puget Sound rivers
South coast of Washington closed to crab fishing
Sprague Lake public access closed July 27-Sept. 7 for boat-launch project
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