2016 WDFW Fishing Derby

Closeup photo of two salmon swimming underwater with mouths agape. WDFW, tribes again call off talks on Puget Sound salmon fisheries
After additional discussions Wednesday, state and tribal fishery managers did not reach an agreement for this year's Puget Sound salmon-fishing seasons. Learn more >>

Lowland Lakes Fishing Season Opens April 23rd

Hundreds of lowland lakes open April 23 with new opportunities to pull in prize fish
Trout fishing in Washington reaches full speed April 23, when several hundred lowland lakes – stocked with millions of fish – open for a six-month season. Learn more >>

Weekly catchable trout stocking reports
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WDFW OK's razor clam dig beginning May 6 on two beaches
Four days of razor clam digging added at Mocrocks to a previously scheduled opening at Long Beach to offer a full week of digging starting May 6. Learn more >>

Recreational Shrimp Fishing Recreational shrimp fishery opens May 14 in Puget Sound
This year’s Puget Sound shrimp fishing seasons are generally similar to those in 2015 although quotas will be lower in some areas, said Mark O’Toole, a shellfish biologist for WDFW. Learn more >>

Cover graphics of the past two years of Washington state's fishing regulation pamphlets Public can propose changes to saltwater sport fisheries
People with ideas about how to improve sport fisheries in Puget Sound and Washington's coastal waters can submit their proposals to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) through April 30. See full story >>

Sportfishing Rule Changes for 2017-2018
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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
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Fish Washington icon: Trout leaping out of wather with mountains and sunrise in the backdrop. Trout fisheries remain open this fall at hundreds of lowland lakes across the state, including many waters that are open year round.
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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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WDFW OK's razor clam dig beginning May 6 on two beaches
WDFW, tribes again call off talks on Puget Sound salmon fisheries
Hundreds of lowland lakes open April 23 with new opportunities to pull in prize fish
Razor clam dig begins April 20, more proposed in May
WDFW hatcheries releasing steelhead under newly approved federal permits
Spring chinook fishery closes pending run update on lower Columbia River
Recreational shrimp fishery opens May 14 in Puget Sound
2016 halibut seasons include new measures to heed quotas
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