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 fishing the Yakima River with fall colors.

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 about how the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife works with tribal and federal fishery managers to manage the state's fisheries.
Learn about upcoming adult and youth fishing contests and events around the state
Fish and shellfish harvested in Washington waters make their way to markets around the world.
Monofilament line can cause problems throughout the environment when it is lost during fishing or improperly discarded overboard. Learn where you can discard used fishing line.

Fishing news & important dates

A girl and her dad ice fishing
Ice fishing safety

Eastern Washington lakes are freezing over, meaning it's time for ice fishing! Here's some information on getting started and staying safe on the ice.

WDFW staff with coastal steelhead
Coastal steelhead fishing seasons announced

Fishery managers with WDFW announced their final approach for the 2022-2023 coastal steelhead season, following another year of low coastal steelhead returns to Washington’s coast.

Conservation starts here

An image of a fish screen, which will prevent fish from becoming entrained or trapped from water use.
Supporting farmers and landowners with technical assistance for fish screens

Learn more about a new fish screen protecting the Green River’s fish and other aquatic species while helping keep irrigation lines clean.

harbor seal swimming
Salmon and seals at Capitol Lake

A novel new technology to reduce seal predation on salmon underwent testing this fall at Capitol Lake in Olympia.

ALEA grant volunteers conduct chum salmon survey
Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account grants program

The ALEA grant application period opened Dec. 1 for projects scheduled July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2025.

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