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

Fishing news & important dates

Boy with spot shrimp
Puget Sound spot shrimping reopens

Recreational spot shrimping reopens in a handful of Puget Sound marine areas beginning July 14.

Chinook salmon tail
Reel in salmon in Puget Sound

Planning summer fishing trips? Puget Sound Chinook fishing kicked off July 1! 

Conservation starts here

Coastal steelhead management
Find more information about coastal steelhead management and opportunities to stay engaged with the planning for the 2021-2022 season.
Busy Everett boat ramp
Keeping it friendly on the water
Summer is a busy time of year in Puget Sound, and a little patience and courtesy goes a long way.
A tagged trout with stitches in its stomach
The secret lives of triploid trout
Anglers this spring have a unique opportunity to help us study the growth and behavior of triploid trout in Western Washington lakes.

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