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.

An angler with a hatchery Chinook salmon.

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.
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

Anglers fishing near Sekiu in Marine Area 5.
Summer Salmon Fishing Preview: Where and when to go

Best bets for Chinook and coho salmon in the Evergreen State’s marine waters as well as the Columbia River.

Crabber with Dungeness crab
Celebrate summer with Puget Sound crab

Crabbing kicks off July 1 in many Puget Sound marine areas.

Conservation starts here

salmon in net
Safe salmon handling

Following these best practices for handling salmon can increase their chances of survival.

Two steamer clams with beach in background
Clamming on Washington's beaches is fun for everyone

Learn how to harvest, store, and prepare shellfish found in Puget Sound, Hood Canal, and the coast.

Two small Spring Chinook salmon.
Tucannon River Spring Chinook tagging

WDFW staff are working to increase Spring Chinook populations in the Tucannon River. Forty thousand fish were recently tagged with tiny tracking tags prior to the fish being released into the river.

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