HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSE SALES RESUME
WDFW resumes sale of fishing and hunting licenses
WDFW has resumed the sale of fishing and hunting licenses and the state Discover Pass through its network of about 600 dealers across the state. Customers also will be able to purchase those items by phone beginning Monday, Aug. 29, by calling WDFW’s licensing customer service number at (360) 902-2464 .   Learn more >>
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Free fishing continues through August 30th.
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RECREATIONAL SALMON FISHING
Fisherman in a boat holding up 2 sockeye salmon Sockeye Fishing on the Columbia River
With sockeye passing through the upper Columbia River in numbers well above expectations, WDFW experts weigh in with information on where and how to catch these sometimes elusive fish.   Gain advice on fishing sockeye on the Columbia River, Lake Wenatchee and Baker Lake.   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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Fish Washington: One stop for where's, when's and how's of fishing in 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 August 11, 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. 
Bottomfish of Washington
Bottomfish Identification Guide
 
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   LATEST NEWS
Columbia River recreational salmon rule
WDFW offers free fishing while license sales are suspended
WDFW resumes sale of fishing and hunting licenses
Most of Puget Sound closes to crabbing Sept. 5; summer catch reports due Oct. 1
WDFW schedules meetings on proposed rules for saltwater sport fisheries
Elwha, Nisqually rivers designated gene banks to protect wild steelhead
WDFW invites applications to new Puget Sound steelhead advisory group
Bass caught in Snohomish County shatters 39-year-old state record
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Fish Consumption Advisories
Shellfish Beach Closures
Marine Biotoxin Bulletin
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The latest in fish and wildlife recreational opportunities across Washington State.
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Marine Protected Areas in Puget Sound
Economic Analysis of the Non-Treaty Commercial and Recreational Fisheries in Washington State
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