FISHING
Photo of a chinook salmon swiming in shallow water with its top half out of the water. WDFW statement on Columbia River fishery closure
The top WDFW Fishery Program manager explains why Washington and Oregon had to close salmon fishing on most of the Columbia River for the rest of the season.

RECREATIONAL RAZOR CLAMMING
Photo of a razor clam limit on the beach with a clam shovel in the background. WDFW schedules tentative razor clam digs through December
WDFW has announced a tentative schedule for the fall razor clam season set to begin in early October. Final approval of all scheduled openings will depend on results of marine toxin tests which are usually conducted about a week before a dig is scheduled to begin.

RECREATIONAL CRABBING
Recreational Crab Fishing Most of Puget Sound closed to crabbing; summer catch reports due Oct. 1
All sport fishers licensed to fish for Dungeness crab anywhere in Puget Sound have through Oct. 1 to submit summer catch reports
Report your catch online
Dungeness Crab Catch Record Card Information
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.


 
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2018-2019 Sport Fishing
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(last updated July 26, 2018)
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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
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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.
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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
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   LATEST NEWS
Agreement to boost salmon returning to Pacific Northwest waters
Most of the Columbia River closing to salmon and steelhead fishing
WDFW to host meeting on options for 2019 halibut season
WDFW hosts free National Hunting and Fishing Day celebration, Sept. 22
Commission invites public comments on Columbia salmon policy at meeting
Anglers limited to one hatchery steelhead on Snake River, other southeast Washington streams
Most of Puget Sound closes to crabbing Sept. 3; summer catch reports due Oct. 1
   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.
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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