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September 2017

September brings early hunting seasons,
new fishing opportunities

The sun is setting earlier and the leaves are starting to turn color – signs of another change of season. Fall is in the air, and hunters are heading out for the first major hunting seasons of the year.

A variety of fisheries are also underway, including opportunities to catch salmon in the Columbia and Snake rivers and trout in lakes throughout Washington

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September highlights include:

  • Deer and elk: Early general archery hunts will open for deer and elk in many areas of the state.
  • Canada geese: Hunters will get their first chance this year to bag Canada geese, which have grown in number since 2016.
  • Columbia River salmon and steelhead: The popular fishery shifts to a new phase in September as anglers pursue salmon and steelhead farther up the Columbia River and its tributaries. Any steelhead caught on the Snake River must be released.
  • Eastern Washington lakes: Fishing for trout and warmwater species, such as bass and yellow perch, should continue to be good at several eastern Washington lakes.

With wildfires burning around the state, wildlife managers are urging hunters to take care to avoid sparking a blaze. A statewide burn ban is in effect on lands managed by the Washington Department of Natural Resources, and additional restrictions have been imposed by other state and local agencies. Hunters are strongly advised to check area fire conditions before heading out, because some areas may not be accessible.

For information about hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing opportunities available this month in each region of the state, see the Weekender Regional Reports at

Regulations for hunting seasons can be found in the Big Game Hunting pamphlet and the Waterfowl and Upland Game pamphlet at Additional information is available about upcoming hunting seasons is available at

Regulations for fisheries are described in the sport fishing rules pamphlet, available at

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