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.

Angler fishing the Yakima River with fall colors.

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.
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 or improperly discarded overboard. Learn where you can discard used fishing line.

Fishing news & important dates

Woman with trout
Fish Black Friday for big rainbow trout

Forget about standing in line on Black Friday, and think instead about casting a line in one of the many lakes WDFW is still stocking this November.

WDFW staff with coastal steelhead
Get involved in coastal steelhead pre-season planning

Join our Nov. 28 virtual town hall to share your feedback on coastal steelhead management and get the latest updates for next season.

Conservation starts here

Choosing the proper salmon fishing gear
Best practices for selecting salmon fishing gear

The types of gear anglers use will help minimize impacts on the Puget Sound Chinook population

harbor seal swimming
Salmon and seals at Capitol Lake

A novel new technology to reduce seal predation on salmon underwent testing this fall at Capitol Lake in Olympia.

Tire tracks in creek
Protecting bull trout in Gold Creek and Keechelus Reservoir

Illegal recreation hurts bull trout by damaging habitat and stream channels, and restricting fish movement. Learn how you can help protect these at-risk fish.

Share your outdoor adventures