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Photos, left to right: Spring trillium, young trout anglers, lesser yellowlegs shorebird, Columbia River salmon fisherman, and fawn hidden in meadow grass.
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May 2017

Fishing opportunities abound in May

Trout fishing is off and running at hundreds of lakes across the state, followed in the weeks ahead by fishing opportunities for other species.

With all the new fisheries opening in Washington, May is a great time to go head outside for outdoor adventures.

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Popular outings this month include fishing for:

  • Eastside salmon: Areas of the Snake and Yakima rivers will be open to recreational fishing for spring chinook salmon in May.
  • Trout: The lowland lakes fishing season is officially underway and anglers will have plenty of opportunities to reel in some nice-size fish in May, as well as in the months to come.
  • Halibut: Several marine areas in Puget Sound and on the coast open to halibut fishing in early May.

For most people, a valid 2017-18 fishing license will be required to participate in those activities. The exception is young people under age 15, who can fish for free. Licenses and permits are available online, by phone (1-866-246-9453) and from sporting goods stores and other retail license dealers around the state.

More information about outdoor activities coming up this month is available in the Weekender Regional Reports at These reports are updated throughout the month to provide current information about recreational opportunities around the state.

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