The Evergreen State offers a vast array of fisheries, from Puget Sound to rivers and lakes on both sides of the Cascades. Before heading out, make sure you have the appropriate recreational fishing license and be sure to take the following steps:
- Download and read the annual fishing pamphlet, which details rules and regulations statewide.
- Check for any emergency rule changes affecting the species or location you're fishing.
- Download the Fish Washington app, which provides up-to-date fishing regulations on your mobile device.
2022-2023 sport fishing rules
Washington State recreational fishing seasons and regulations for July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023.
Fish Washington mobile app
Every angler should have the Fish Washington mobile app on their smartphone or other mobile device.
Emergency rule changes
See emergency rule changes, including fishing rule changes issued by WDFW.
WDFW's fishing hotlines offer anglers another way to stay current on fishing regulations.
North of Falcon
Every year, the North of Falcon process sets salmon seasons in Washington waters.
Current sport fishing season-setting process
Learn about current sport fishing season setting activities and public input opportunities.
Recreational bottomfish and halibut
Recreational fishing seasons and regulations in Washington's waters for bottomfish and halibut, including weekly updates.
Fish and shellfish harvested in Washington waters make their way to markets around the world.
Ready to hit the water? Find the fishing license that's right for you.
Cowlitz River smelt fishing
The small Columbia River smelt supports a popular recreational fishery in Southwest Washington. Learn more about the fishery and see the latest season information.