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.

Anglers fishing for winter steelhead. Photo by Alex Biswas.

Fishing news & important dates

Coastal steelhead
WDFW announces 2023-2024 coastal steelhead season

Included are special rules allowing fishing from a floating device on two sections of the Hoh River during certain days of the week to help determine impacts to wild steelhead.

Black Friday trout fishing
If you missed out on Black Friday trout fishing, there's still plenty of fish to be caught

See news release for fishing opportunities with thousands of trout planted in 23 lakes.

Conservation starts here

Anglers fish in Marine Area 10
Understanding Puget Sound salmon fisheries management

Learn more about how Puget Sound salmon are managed amid a complex web of returning stocks that travel throughout the north Pacific Ocean.

Fishing boats at the dock
Conservation-minded approach to fisheries management validates sustainable salmon for Southern Resident orcas — and people

Washington's salmon fisheries are sustainable and carefully regulated.

Squid jiggers on a Puget Sound pier
WDFW renews Puget Sound squid dockside surveys for the 2023–2024 season

During fall and winter, there’s a group of anglers who gather mainly at night along Puget Sound piers to try their luck at catching squid.

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