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

Fishing news & important dates

Coho salmon caught with fly fishing rod
Chinook, coho salmon fishing opens Saturday on lower Columbia River

Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington agreed to open the river beginning Saturday, Sept. 19, from Buoy 10 at the mouth of the river to the Highway 395 Bridge near Pasco.

Limit of razor clams on the beach with a clam shovel
WDFW announces 39 digs through December; 7 days of approved razor clam digs start Sept. 16

Shellfish managers have scheduled 39 razor clam digs on ocean beaches for dates through December.

Conservation starts here

WDFW biologists monitor commercial shrimp seasons
WDFW biologists monitor shrimp to ensure a sustainable fishery
Beach surveying
Marine beach spawning fish ecology
WDFW protects surf smelt and Pacific sand dab on beaches where spawning has been documented.
Monofilament collection site
Monofilament recycling program
See where in Washington you can recycle monofilament fishing line.