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.

Angler holds up blackmouth salmon caught in Puget Sound.

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

Fishing news & important dates

Smiling man holding a large bass
Big Bass Contest

Can you catch the biggest bass? Fish for bass between June 28, 2019 and July 14, 2019 and enter into the Big Bass Contest. #WABassWeek

Tagged trout
2019 Statewide Trout Derby

The statewide trout fishing derby starts April 27, with over 1,000 prizes worth more than $39,000.

Conservation starts here

The Samish River Chinook fishery
Learn how to responsibly enjoy this popular fishery.
Beach surveying
Marine beach spawning fish ecology
WDFW protects surf smelt and Pacific sand dab on beaches where spawning has been documented.
Northern pikeminnow
Pikeminnow Sport-Reward Fishery Program
Northern pikeminnow eat millions of salmon and steelhead juveniles each year, and reducing the number of these voracious predators helps those juvenile fish make it out to sea.