Plenty of good reasons to renew
fishing and hunting licenses soon
Several fisheries are set to open in the weeks ahead, and the year's first general hunting season isn't far behind.
With a new season of outdoor adventures about to begin, Washingtonians might want to consider purchasing 2017-18 recreational fishing and hunting licenses before current licenses expire at midnight March 31.
The cost of fishing and hunting licenses remains the same as last year, and most annual licenses include a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) vehicle-access pass. That pass allows people to use and park at more than 700 WDFW water access sites and 33 wildlife areas throughout the state. More information is available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/.
Popular outdoor opportunities available in the coming weeks include::
Columbia River spring chinook: The initial season for the popular fishery runs through April 6, before closing for a run assessment. This year's returns are projected to be below average, but the sport fishery will receive a larger share of the catch than in years past. Make sure to check the river conditions before you go.
Eastern Washington lakes: Fishing opens March 1 at several lakes east of the Cascades, although many are still iced up. Check the regional reports for more information.
Sandhill crane viewing: Some of the earliest and easiest migrating birds to watch throughout the state are sandhill cranes, which make feeding and resting stopovers in the Columbia Basin of our northcentral and southcentral regions and in the Vancouver Lowlands of our southwest region.
For more information about outdoor activities coming up this month, see the Weekender Regional Reports at http://wdfw.wa.gov/weekender/. These reports are updated throughout the month to provide current information about recreational opportunities around the state.