Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife


Can I fish for salmon and steelhead on free fishing weekend?

  • Yes, unless your fishing license is revoked and your fishing privileges are suspended due to non-payment of child support or an order from WDFW or a courtWhen your fishing privileges are suspended, it means no fishing, even during free fishing weekend.
  • On “Free Fishing Weekend,” fishing licenses are not required.
  • However, catch record cards are required to fish for salmon, sturgeon, steelhead, Puget Sound Dungeness Crab, and halibut.
  • Free fishing days are valid for everyone.
  • All other fishing rules apply, including area and lure or bait restrictions and size and catch limits.
  • Each year the free fishing weekend will be the first weekend in June, after the first Monday in June.
  • Check the Sportfishing Rules Pamphlet to determine if a Discover Pass or Vehicle Access Pass is required to park your vehicle on lands owned or controlled by WDFW during free fishing weekend.

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Last Updated
9th of July, 2012