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.

Salmon on the ground next to a fishing rod and reel

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 how the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife works with tribes to co-manage the state's fisheries.
Fish and shellfish harvested in Washington waters make their way to markets around the world.
Learn about upcoming adult and youth fishing contests and events around the state
Monofilament line can cause problems throughout the environment when it is lost during fishing (e.g., when cutting lose a snagged lure) or improperly discarded overboard. Learn where you can discard used fishing line.

Fishing news & important dates

Trout stocking at Green Lake in Seattle
Get out to fish for trout this holiday season

The weather may be a little frightful, but the fishing is still delightful at dozens of lakes recently stocked with trout this fall.

razor clam diggers on night dig
Domoic acid halts razor clam season

Washington's ocean beaches will remain closed to razor clam harvest until at least December 12 after DOH test results on razor clams indicate levels of domoic acid that exceed the threshold for safe consumption.

Conservation starts here

Virtual tour of Puyallup Hatchery
Each year, WDFW’s Puyallup Hatchery is home to the Puyallup Watershed Salmon Homecoming, lead by partners at the Pierce Conservation District and Puyallup Historical Hatchery Foundation. Enjoy a virtual homecoming this year with this video tour!
Beach surveying
Marine beach spawning fish ecology
WDFW protects surf smelt and Pacific sand dab on beaches where spawning has been documented.
Monofilament collection site
Monofilament recycling program
See where in Washington you can recycle monofilament fishing line.