Fishing & Shellfishing

Some of the best fishing opportunities in the nation are available in Washington. From fly-fishing for bass and trout on freshwater lakes and streams east of the Cascades to trolling for salmon along the coast to crabbing in Puget Sound, Washington offers a diverse and unique outdoors experience. Find the experience that's right for you, whether you're a long-time angler or a first-time fisher.

Rainbow trout in net

In this section

Want to fish in Washington? Keep up to date with the latest fishing rules and regulations.
Shellfish harvesters have an assortment of opportunities in Washington.
Whether hiking to a remote lake or heading out for a day on the ocean, fishing opportunities abound in Washington.
Find information about the latest creel and stocking reports in Washington waters.
Learn about fishing techniques and equipment, along with suggested preparation and cooking methods.
A guide to how WDFW manages fish and shellfish.
Learn about how the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife works with tribal and federal fishery managers to manage the state's fisheries.
Learn about upcoming adult and youth fishing contests and events around the state
Fish and shellfish harvested in Washington waters make their way to markets around the world.
Monofilament line can cause problems throughout the environment when it is lost during fishing or improperly discarded overboard. Learn where you can discard used fishing line.

Fishing news & important dates

Limit of razor clams on the beach with a clam shovel in the background.
Razor clam digs underway!

WDFW shellfish managers have approved the next round of razor clam digs for the 2021-22 season.

Fishing from boat
Comment on proposed fishing rules

WDFW is proposing changes to several recreational fishing and shellfishing regulations, and you can weigh in now.

Conservation starts here

Snorkeling the Dungeness River basin in “riverscape” bull trout survey
Earlier this fall, WDFW, tribal, and federal fish biologists completed a 23-river-mile survey of the Dungeness River basin to gather data about bull trout abundance and distribution on the Olympic Peninsula.
WDFW biologist looks through binoculars
Searching for salmon hunters on the Stillaguamish
WDFW researchers are examining how predation may be impacting one of Washington's most-threatened salmon runs.
Steelhead swimming
Coastal steelhead management
Find more information about WDFW and tribal co-managers' conservation-minded approach to the 2021-2022 coastal steelhead season.

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