PUGET SOUND FISHING SEASONS
Closeup photo of two salmon swimming underwater with mouths agape. Puget Sound-area waters reopen for fishing
Puget Sound-area fisheries that closed during an impasse in salmon-season negotiations will reopen immediately, state fish managers announced Friday. Learn more >>

2016 WDFW Fishing Derby

RECREATIONAL CRAB FISHING
Closeup photo of a Dungeness crab WDFW announces full slate of Puget Sound crab seasons
WDFW announced recreational crab-fishing seasons for areas of Puget Sound opening in July and August, adding to the list of waters previously set to open in June.See full story >>

FISH WASHINGTON
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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

 
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2016-2017 Sport Fishing
Regulation Pamphlet
Rules take effect July 1, 2016
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(rules effective July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017)
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(last updated June 24, 2016)
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FISH WASHINGTON
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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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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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. 
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   LATEST NEWS
Anglers can keep two chinook off Westport beginning July 23
WDFW invites public to discuss revenue and spending priorities
Meetings scheduled on planned rotenone treatments of eastern Washington waters
Women's workshop offers instruction on fishing, hunting and outdoor skills
WDFW offers mid-season upgrades to fishing licenses
Comments sought on proposals to change Lake Roosevelt daily catch limit on trout 
Anglers will be able to harvest hatchery sturgeon starting July 1 in the upper Columbia River
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