WDFW Weekender Report

Discover recreational opportunities in Eastern, North Central, South Central, North Puget Sound, Southwest, and Coastal Washington.

Plenty of May fishing fun and spring adventures

WDFW's lowland lake trout derby continues in May and runs through Oct. 31. Anglers with a 2021-22 freshwater, combination fishing license, or Fish Washington license, who catch one of hundreds of tagged trout can claim prizes provided by license dealers located across the state. A list of lakes with prize fish and details on how to claim prizes is available at the derby website.

Join us for an online, interactive event, “Hand-raised trout to home-cooked meal” at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 8. Viewers will learn the basics on how to catch and cook lake trout and get an inside look at what goes into raising hatchery trout. No pre-registration is required to attend.

With the warmer temperatures heading our way, May is a great time to head outside for outdoor adventures. Popular outings this month include:

  • Bass: May provides good fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass as waters warm and adult fish prepare to spawn.  
  • Shrimp: The popular spot shrimp season opens May 19 in Puget Sound with  limit of 80 spot shrimp per day in all areas.
  • Halibut: Halibut fishing opens May 6 in west Puget Sound and along the coast.
  • Spring turkey season: The general spring wild turkey season continues through May 31 in Washington.
  • Sturgeon: Anglers will have an opportunity to catch and retain legal-size white sturgeon starting May 10 in the lower 40 miles of the Columbia River.
  • Backyard wildlife: From hummingbirds zipping by your window to garter snakes slithering in the garden, Washington offers a lot of opportunity to observe wildlife just outside your own back door.

You can find more information about outdoor activities coming up this month in the Weekender Regional Reports. We update these reports throughout the month to provide current information about recreational opportunities around the state.