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.
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.

Fishing news & important dates

Fishing rods
Recreational fishing and shellfishing closed in response to COVID-19

For at least two weeks starting March 26, WDFW is closing recreational fishing and shellfishing statewide in response to the governor’s order to ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ and limit the spread of coronavirus. 



Fish swimming in the water
North of Falcon salmon season-setting process updates

Find more information about state, federal and tribal fishery managers' efforts to plan the Northwest's recreational and commercial salmon fisheries. 

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.