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.
Find information about the latest creel and stocking reports in Washington waters.
Whether hiking to a remote lake or heading out for a day on the ocean, fishing opportunities abound in Washington.
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 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 first nine razor clam digs of the 2021-22 season.

Chinook salmon under water
Comment on scoping document to inform conservation and rebuilding of Puget Sound Chinook

Online comments accepted through Oct. 22. 

Conservation starts here

Maintaining a healthy sea cucumber population
With the help of conservation-based quotas and the commitment of fishery managers and harvesters alike, we’re now starting to see sea cucumber populations stabilize from historic overharvesting.
Person posing with salmon along Puget Sound
Conserving salmon for the future
Find more info about why the San Juan Islands remains closed to recreational salmon fishing in support of conservation measures.
Dungeness crab
Summer crab catch record cards due now
Puget Sound crab catch record cards must be submitted by Oct. 1 — and they’re more important than you might think.

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