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.

Sunrise on the Straight
Photo by ty kaufman

Fishing news & important dates

A group of anglers stand on a dock. Ahead of them on the lake is a boat carrying two people.
Photo by WDFW
Hundreds of lowland lakes around Washington now open for trout fishing

The lowland lakes opener on April 27 produced decent catches of trout and if you missed out there's still plenty of time to reel in on the fun. The WDFW trout derby is also underway with more than 800 prizes available.

Two boats on the water at sunset.
Photo by WDFW
Washington salmon fishing seasons tentatively set for 2024-2025

The tentative statewide salmon seasons were finalized at the Pacific Fishery Management Council meetings on April 11, and now move for approval by the National Marine Fisheries Service. Fishing seasons will be adopted in early June.

Conservation starts here

Spring Chinook smolts
Photo by WDFW
Snohomish Basin salmon, steelhead fisheries limited to protect wild Chinook

In 2024, several factors necessitate the careful conservation and management of the vulnerable Snohomish wild Chinook stock.

Washington spearos
Photo by Preston Hoffman
Reminder about rockfish identification and retention

Rockfish are often incorrectly called “sea bass”, but are in fact a family of fish from the genus Sebastes separate from sea bass and perch.

Deep Creek Bull Trout
Photo by WDFW
Proposal to introduce bull trout to Sullivan Lake

WDFW is looking for public feedback on introducing bull trout to Sullivan Lake in northeast Washington

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