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2018-2019 Sport Fishing
Regulation Pamphlet
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(rules effective July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019)
Corrections to the 2018 Rule Pamphlet
(last updated July 26, 2018)
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CONSERVATION
Killer whale (Orca) jumping out of the water.
Photo by Ken Rea
Boaters asked to observe 'no-go' zone along western San Juan Island to protect orcas
State fish and wildlife managers are asking anglers and other boaters to avoid an area along the west side of San Juan Island in an effort to protect a dwindling population of southern resident killer whales.

FISH WASHINGTON

Lowland lakes fishing season is open;
Several hundred lowland lakes – stocked with millions of fish – now open for a six-month season.

Fish Washington: One stop shopping to learn where, when and how to go fishing in Washington


MOBILE FISHING APP

Get the new Fish Washington regulations app
The free "Fish Washington" app, available on Google Play and Apple's App store, is designed to convey up-to-the-minute fishing regulations for every lake, river, stream and marine area in the state.


RECREATIONAL SHRIMP FISHING
Recreational Shrimp Fishing Recreational shrimp fishing seasons are underway
Recreational shrimp fishing is open in several areas of Puget Sound.

NORTH OF FALCON
Picture of two chinook salmon with mouths agape Washington's salmon fishing seasons set for 2018
With low returns of chinook and coho salmon expected back to numerous rivers in Washington, state and tribal co-managers Tuesday agreed on a fishing season that meets conservation goals for wild fish while providing fishing opportunities on healthy salmon runs. Learn more >>

 


FISH WASHINGTON
Fish Washington icon: Trout leaping out of wather with mountains and sunrise in the backdrop.
Fish Washington: One stop shopping to learn where, when and how to go fishing in Washington
Fishing 101
Fishing Seasons & Rules
Trout Stocking Reports

RECREATIONAL SALMON FISHING
Photo of angler using a dehooker to release a salmon.

When and Where to Fish for Salmon
Figuring out when and where to fish for salmon is one of the most asked questions for beginning salmon anglers. You will find many useful tools on this website to help you decide when and where to go.

Know the 5 species of salmon and how to identify them
How salmon seasons are set

GOING SALMON FISHING IN CANADA?
Canadian flag Anglers who plan to fish for salmon in Canadian marine waters and return in their boats with their catch to Washington are required to notify WDFW before leaving state waters.

Canada no longer provides U.S. anglers with a way to document their legally caught salmon in Canadian waters. In order to pass a dockside inspection upon their return to Washington, anglers need to complete an online form notifying WDFW of their plans to fish for salmon in Canadian waters. Learn more >>



FISH and WILDLIFE LICENSE PLATES
Recreational Crab Fishing Steelhead License Plates
Support efforts to conserve steelhead in Washington by purchasing a steelhead specialty license plate for your vehicle. Learn more >>

GREAT WASHINGTON GETAWAYS
Great Washington Getaways icon.

Washington state is blessed with diverse landscapes, great camping, and excellent fishing opportunities. Whether you're planning a trip now or in the future, the trout, salmon, steelhead, bass, walleye and tuna will be waiting for you, along with many other attractions and accommodations that make for unforgettable vacations.
Start Vacation Planning Today! >>


BOTTOMFISH
Protecting Washington’s Rockfish
Washington is home to many species of rockfish.  Populations of some species are healthy but others, such as yelloweye, canary and bocaccio, are suffering and have been listed under the Endangered Species Act. Within Puget Sound, WDFW has implemented recreational depth and area restrictions, and closed commercial fisheries that target rockfish or have a high potential to encounter them as bycatch. 
Bottomfish of Washington
Bottomfish Identification Guide
 
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   REPORT YOUR CATCH
Catch Record Card Questions & Answers
Voluntary Salmon Angler Trip Reports
Report Online!Online Puget Sound Crab Reporting
   LATEST NEWS
Lake Stevens angler establishes tope shark sport fish record
Angler establishes redbanded rockfish state record; Arrowtooth flounder record falls the same day
Counts of summer chinook salmon prompt reopening fishery in upper Columbia River
Keep crab pots out of ferry lanes
WDFW invites public to webinar to discuss agency long-term funding
Women's workshop offers instruction on fishing, hunting, and outdoor skills
   SEAFOOD CONSUMPTION SAFETY
Fish Consumption Advisories
Shellfish Beach Closures
Marine Biotoxin Bulletin
   WHERE TO GO
Fish Washington!
Great Washington Getaways
Water Access Sites
Weekly Catchable Trout Stocking Reports
Shellfishing Beach Maps and Regulations
Public Fishing Piers of Puget Sound
Puget Sound Sport Crab Fishing
Boat Launch Sites
Accessing Washington's Outdoors
The Weekender Report The Weekender Report
The latest in fish and wildlife recreational opportunities across Washington State.
   I AM LOOKING FOR...
Sport Fishing Regulations and Seasons
WDFW Rule Making Activities
Columbia River Returns and Forecasts
Washington's Offical Boating Portal - boat.wa.gov
Creel Reports and Harvest Reports
Washington and Oregon Tide Charts
WDFW Wildlife Areas & Water Access Points
Wildlife License Plates
Wildlife License Plates
Help Support Wildlife Activities in Washington
   FEATURES
Marine Protected Areas in Puget Sound
Economic Analysis of the Non-Treaty Commercial and Recreational Fisheries in Washington State
Report Derelict Fish Gear Online