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Photos: Winter hikers in snow; fisherman with winter steelhead; two elk resting in snowy forest
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December 2016

Variety of outdoor adventures
on tap during the holiday season

Despite the winter chill, Washingtonians have plenty of reasons to head outdoors during the holidays. Seasonal fisheries are underway throughout the state, waterfowl hunting is in full swing and birders are gearing up for some prime viewing opportunities.

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Those planning to spend time outdoors between holiday shopping can enjoy:

  • Steelhead fishing: Fisheries for hatchery steelhead are up and running, drawing stalwart anglers to rivers on both sides of the Cascades.
  • Goose and duck hunting: Success rates are improving in some areas as more northern birds move into Washington.
  • Trout fishing: Anglers continue to reel in trout at numerous lakes throughout the state.
  • Puget Sound crabbing: Several areas of Puget Sound remain open for Dungeness crab fishing.
  • Wildlife viewing: Audubon Society chapters around the state are preparing for the annual Christmas Bird Count, which gets going this month. For more information, visit the Audubon website.

For more information about fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities available this month, see the Weekender Regional Reports. These reports are updated throughout the month to provide current information about recreational opportunities around the state.

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