Photo of a woman angler wading into river with net holding cutthroat trout.
If you already have a fishing license, take someone without a license fishing on this weekend!

Helpful Resources:

Fish Washington!
Trout Stocking Reports
WDFW Weekender Report
WDFW Water Access Sites
Fishing Piers

 

“Free Fishing Weekend” is June 11-12, 2016, when fishing licenses are not required of anyone to fish in Washington. Free Fishing Weekend in Washington is always the first weekend after the first Monday in June.

Also NOT required on Free Fishing Weekend:

Remember - all other rules still apply, including seasons, area and lure or bait restrictions, and size and catch limits. Catch Record Cards (first one is free) are required to fish for salmon, sturgeon, steelhead, and halibut. Please see the Fishing Regulation Pamphlet for all rules and restrictions.

Puget Sound fishing closures: Six lakes and the lower sections of most rivers that flow into Puget Sound will close to all fishing beginning Sunday, May 1, when salmon and steelhead fishing also closes in the Sound. More information is available on WDFW’s webpage.

 
2016-2017 Fishing in Washington Rules Pamphlet Cover
2016-2017 Sport Fishing
Regulation Pamphlet
Rules take effect July 1, 2016
Download 2016-17 Rule Pamphlet
(rules effective July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017)
Corrections to the 2016 Rule Pamphlet
(last updated June 24, 2016)
Search emergency rule updates

2015-2016 Fishing in Washington Rules Pamphlet Cover
2015-2016 Sport Fishing
Regulation Pamphlet
In effect through June 30, 2016
Download 2015-16 Rule Pamphlet
(rules effective July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016)
Corrections to the 2015 Rule Pamphlet
(last updated September 14, 2015)
 
   FISHING RULE UPDATES
more rule updates...