Closeup photo of two salmon swimming underwater with mouths agape. State, federal and tribal fishery managers are currently planning the Northwest's recreational and commercial salmon fisheries. As part of the salmon-season setting process, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has scheduled several public meetings.
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Photo of a razor clam limit on the beach with a clam shovel in the background. WDFW approves month-long razor clam dig at Long Beach
Razor clam diggers can look forward to more than a month of razor clam digging opportunities at Long Beach on the Washington coast.
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WDFW plans to add two-day razor clam dig at Copalis

Photo of a spot shrimp in a fisherman's hand Puget Sound recreational shrimp fishery will open May 14
Shellfish managers are delaying the popular shrimp fishery until May 14 due to the extremely low tides that are expected to occur midday on the first Saturday in May, which traditionally marks the start of the season throughout Puget Sound. Learn more >>

Illustration of the Steelhead vehicle license plate showing a steelhead swimming under water. WDFW seeks support for steelhead license plate
A special license plate featuring a steelhead – the official state fish of Washington – could be an option for vehicle owners if a proposal for the new plate is approved by the state Legislature. Learn more >>
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Recreational Crab Fishing Sport crabbing season to remain open in Hood Canal, part of Admiralty Inlet
State shellfish managers are extending the sport crabbing season in Hood Canal (Marine Area 12) and a portion of Admiralty Inlet (Marine Area 9) until Feb. 28. All other Puget Sound marine areas will close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 31, as scheduled. 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.

Know the 5 species of salmon and how to identify them
How salmon seasons are set
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(last updated September 14, 2015)
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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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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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Comment period extended on gene bank options for wild Columbia River steelhead
States set seasons for spring chinook, sturgeon, smelt in Columbia River Basin
WDFW plans to add two-day razor clam dig at Copalis
Public survey available on Puget Sound recreational fisheries enhancement program
WDFW approves month-long razor clam dig at Long Beach
Puget Sound recreational shrimp fishery will open May 14
Sport crabbing season to remain open in Hood Canal, part of Admiralty Inlet
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The latest in fish and wildlife recreational opportunities across Washington State.
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