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 gets reeled in.

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.
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 (e.g., when cutting lose a snagged lure) or improperly discarded overboard. Learn where you can discard used fishing line.

Fishing news & important dates

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Top 5 best Washington bass fishing tips for beginners

Bass fishing is easy and fun! Learn some of  the best beginner bass fishing tips from WDFW.

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2020-2021 sport fishing regulations now available

The 2020-2021 recreational sport fishing rules and regulations pamphlet is now available online.

Conservation starts here

WDFW biologists monitor crab in Puget Sound
WDFW biologists monitor crab populations to meet conservation goals
Beach surveying
Marine beach spawning fish ecology
WDFW protects surf smelt and Pacific sand dab on beaches where spawning has been documented.