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Black bear, successful hunter, American white pelicans and family on beach crabbing
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August 2017

Summer fishing underway
as hunters begin to take the field

Summer fisheries along the coast, on the Columbia River and at lakes and streams throughout the state are now in full swing, providing some of the best fishing opportunities of the year.

Also this month, hunters will take to the field for black bear in the first big-game hunt of the season. Many will also scout hunting areas to prepare for upcoming deer and elk seasons.

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Popular outdoor opportunities this month include:

  • Columbia River salmon: This year's fall chinook fishery gets underway Aug. 1 on the lower Columbia River, where 582,000 chinook salmon are expected to return in the months ahead.
  • Puget Sound crab: Crab fishing is open throughout the month in most areas of Puget Sound, the exception being Marine Area 7 North, which opens for crabbing in mid-August.
  • Eastern Washington lakes: Anglers fishing for trout and warmwater species, such as bass and yellow perch, continue to do well at many eastern Washington lakes.
  • Ocean salmon: Anglers are reeling in chinook salmon in all four marine areas off the Washington coast.
  • Black bears: Several parts of the state open in August for black bear hunting. Hunters are allowed two bears during the general season, only one of which may be taken in eastern Washington.

Regulations for fisheries are described in the sport fishing rules pamphlet, available at Regulations for hunting seasons can be found in the big game hunting seasons pamphlet at

For a region-by-region description of fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities available this month, see the Weekender Regional Reports posted on WDFW's website at These reports are updated throughout the month to provide up-to-date information about recreational opportunities around the state.

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