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.

Salmon on the ground next to a fishing rod and reel

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 how the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife works with tribes to co-manage the state's fisheries.
Fish and shellfish harvested in Washington waters make their way to markets around the world.
Learn about upcoming adult and youth fishing contests and events around the state
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

Spot shrimp
Puget Sound spot shrimping opens May 19

Learn more about the popular Puget Sound spot shrimp season, which kicks off in mid-May.

Fishing rod over the water with sunset in the background
How to participate in the North of Falcon salmon season-setting process

View a process timeline, upcoming public meetings, and opportunities to share feedback. 

Conservation starts here

Child with lingcod in boat along Washington coast
Coastal bottomfish season underway
This year's season provides more opportunity for anglers in new areas, while continuing to protect yelloweye rockfish populations.
Wind river
Q&A: Fishing season changes on Columbia River tributaries
Learn more about why WDFW modified spring Chinook fisheries on a number of Columbia River tributaries, including the Wind River and Drano Lake.
steelhead
Early closure to the coastal steelhead season
Frequently asked questions about the coastal steelhead season, which wrapped up early to further protect wild steelhead populations.

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