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.

Sunrise on the Straight
Photo by ty kaufman

Fishing news & important dates

Dad fishing on Langlois Lake with his two daughters
Photo by Evan Sylvester
Introductory guide to trout fishing and many other warmwater fish species

If you’re itching to go fishing, then spring and early-summer is one of the best times to take advantage of the many lakes, ponds and other waterways filled with trout and other warmwater fish species.

summer salmon fishing Chinook
Photo by Mark Yuasa
Saltwater salmon fishing season gets underway ahead of Memorial Day Weekend

Anglers can gear up to catch salmon as Marine Area 13 has reopened, the Tulalip Bay Terminal Fishery opens May 24, Marine Area 10 opens for coho only on June 1, and Marine Area 11 Chinook fishery begins June 5.

Conservation starts here

Spring Chinook smolts
Photo by WDFW
Snohomish Basin salmon, steelhead fisheries limited to protect wild Chinook

In 2024, several factors necessitate the careful conservation and management of the vulnerable Snohomish wild Chinook stock.

Washington spearos
Photo by Preston Hoffman
Reminder about rockfish identification and retention

Rockfish are often incorrectly called “sea bass”, but are in fact a family of fish from the genus Sebastes separate from sea bass and perch.

Deep Creek Bull Trout
Photo by WDFW
Proposal to introduce bull trout to Sullivan Lake

WDFW is looking for public feedback on introducing bull trout to Sullivan Lake in northeast Washington

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