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2015-2016 Sport Fishing
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(rules effective July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016)
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FISH WASHINGTON
Fish Washington icon: Trout leaping out of wather with mountains and sunrise in the backdrop. Bigger trout await anglers for Father's Day weekend
Fish hatchery crews with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will be stocking 10,000 large rainbow trout in 20 lakes just before Father's Day weekend, June 20 and 21. Learn more >>

How-To Fishing Videos
Fishing Seasons & Rules
Great Washington Getaways
Trout Stocking Reports

RECREATIONAL CRAB FISHING
Recreational Crab Fishing

Crab fishing seasons set for Puget Sound
WDFW has announced summer crab-fishing seasons for Puget Sound, starting June 1 with an early opening in Marine Area 13 south of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. See full story >>

South coast of Washington closed to crab fishing
Crab fishing to open early in Hood Canal

RECREATIONAL SHRIMP FISHING
Recreational Shrimp Fishing Shrimping is open in select areas of Puget Sound.
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RECREATIONAL RAZOR CLAMMING
Photo of a razor clam limit on the beach with a clam shovel in the background. Razor clam digging closed for season on ocean beaches
Digging will remain closed on ocean beaches for the remainder of the razor clam season because of elevated toxin levels, state shellfish managers announced today. Learn more >>

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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WILLAPA BAY SALMON MANAGEMENT
Photo of fishing pole over water at sunset.
WDFW seeks comments on Willapa Bay salmon policy
WDFW is seeking public comments through June 3 on a new draft policy to improve salmon management in Willapa Bay. Learn More >>
Willapa Bay Salmon Management Website

RECREATIONAL SALMON FISHING
Photo of angler using a dehooker to release a salmon.

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

 


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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Catch Record Card Questions & Answers
Voluntary Salmon Angler Trip Reports
Report Online!Online Puget Sound Crab Reporting
   LATEST NEWS
Columbia River salmon season extended with new catch limit
Culvert project near Cathlamet may delay anglers, other travelers
Crab fishing to open early in Hood Canal
South coast of Washington closed to crab fishing
   SEAFOOD CONSUMPTION SAFETY
Fish Consumption Advisories
Shellfish Beach Closures
Marine Biotoxin Bulletin
   WHERE TO GO
Fish Washington!
Water Access Sites
Weekly Catchable Trout Stocking Reports
Shellfishing Beach Maps and Regulations
Public Fishing Piers of Puget Sound
Puget Sound Sport Crab Fishing
Boat Launch Sites
Accessing Washington's Outdoors
The Weekender Report The Weekender Report
The latest in fish and wildlife recreational opportunities across Washington State.
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Sport Fishing Regulations and Seasons
WDFW Rule Making Activities
Sportfishing Rule Changes for 2015-2016
Columbia River Returns and Forecasts
Washington's Offical Boating Portal - boat.wa.gov
Creel Reports and Harvest Reports
Washington and Oregon Tide Charts
WDFW Wildlife Areas & Water Access Points
Wildlife License Plates
Wildlife License Plates
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   FEATURES
Marine Protected Areas in Puget Sound
Economic Analysis of the Non-Treaty Commercial and Recreational Fisheries in Washington State
Report Derelict Fish Gear Online