WDFW Weekender Report

April 2019

Start of lowland lakes trout season one of many "opening days" in April

For many anglers, opening day is synonymous with the start of the lowland lakes trout-fishing season, which gets underway April 27 this year. Hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians typically descend on trout-stocked lakes to kick off the state's biggest outdoor event.

To prepare for the upcoming season, hatchery crews from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) have been working since last year to stock millions of fish in lakes throughout the state. You can find out how many went where throughout the state.

At the same time, anglers – and hunters, too – are also looking forward to a variety of other "opening days" for outdoor adventures this month, including:

  • Spring chinook fishery: Starting April 1, the popular fishery expands upstream from Bonneville Dam to the Washington/Oregon state line above McNary Dam.
  • Razor clam dig: A three-day razor clam dig is tentatively scheduled to begin April 6 and another set to start April 20. WDFW will announce if the dig gets a green light about a week before the scheduled opening.
  • Spring turkey hunt: The general spring turkey hunt opens April 15 for hunters of all ages and runs through May 31. See WDFW's Wild Turkey Spring Season pamphlet for more information.

For most people, a valid 2019-20 fishing or hunting license will be required to participate in those activities after March 31, when all 2018-19 licenses expire. The exception is young people under age 15, who can fish for free. Licenses and permits are available online, by phone (1-866-246-9453) and from sporting goods stores and other retail license dealers around the state.