Closeup photo of a crab Most areas of Puget Sound open Oct. 1 for late-season crab fishing
The openings were approved by fishery managers after summer catch assessments by WDFW indicated more crab are available for harvest See full story >>

South coast of Washington reopens to crab fishing

Photo of a small stream drying up due to drought conditions WDFW eases restrictions, closures on some rivers affected by drought
State fishery managers are easing drought-related fishing restrictions and closures on more than a dozen rivers where conditions have improved. Learn more >>

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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.

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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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Drought related news and fishing rule changes
King County's Beaver Lake to receive 2,500 large hatchery rainbow trout
Most areas of Puget Sound reopen Oct. 1 for late-season crab fishing
South coast of Washington reopens to crab fishing
Commission to discuss proposed sportfishing regulations, wildlife interaction rules
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