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.

Father and son with a large rainbow trout caught on a Washington lake. Photo by Brian Dickison.

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

Angler with a large lingcod
Key in on structure around Puget Sound for hard-fighting lingcod

Puget Sound’s ‘stable’ fishery for the toothsome and tasty species is now open for business.

A WDFW staffer nets tiger muskie
Some eastern Washington lakes stocked with tiger muskie

These "fish of a thousand casts" may take some finessing to catch but it's fun trying. Find out which lakes were recently stocked with tiger muskie and the best way to catch them.

Conservation starts here

Man holds up crab while on boat
Asian & Pacific Islander American Heritage Month Spotlight

As a fourth-generation Japanese American, Mark shares how his heritage influences his outdoor pursuits and community involvement

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.

Angler holding unmarked Chinook smolt
Explainer: Unclipped Chinook on the Cowlitz River

Why anglers may see more unmarked Chinook in the Cowlitz in 2022 and beyond.

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