WDFW Weekender Report

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

Enjoy free fishing weekend and outdoor opportunities this June

 Fishing opportunities abound this month on Washington’s rivers and lakes, offering a great way to get outside and embrace the return of summer.

 Other opportunities to enjoy the outdoors this June include:

  • Trout: The statewide trout derby continues through Oct. 31. Catch a tagged fish and win a prize! Find a participating lake near you.
  • Free fishing weekend: No fishing license? No problem! Free fishing weekend is June 12 and 13 this year and a great time to try fishing if you haven’t before or take friends or neighbors who are new anglers.
  • Columbia River sockeye: Anglers will have an opportunity to catch and keep sockeye salmon on the Columbia River beginning in mid-June, including on the lower river and Hanford Reach.
  • Puget Sound rivers: Many rivers and streams opened in May for fishing. Check for any special rules before heading out by reviewing the fishing rules pamphlet and emergency rule changes. A section of the North Fork Nooksack River is open for hatchery spring Chinook fishing through June 30.
  • Bird watching: June is a great month to view birds throughout Washington, particularly at WDFW wildlife areas and other public lands.
  • Discover Pass “Free Days”: Visitors can park for free on state recreation lands June 5, 12, 13, and 19. On these designated free days, a Discover Pass or Vehicle Access Pass is not required to park at state parks, WDFW wildlife and water access areas, or recreational lands managed by the Department of Natural Resources.

Office of Equity & WDFW special request

As the demographics of our state become increasingly diverse, historically and currently marginalized communities still do not have the same opportunities to meet parity across nearly every measure, including access to the outdoors. The new Washington State Office of Equity is gathering collective wisdom for a five-year strategic plan to help our state bridge opportunity gaps and reduce disparities. We’re asking for your help. Please complete this survey to ensure that your voice is heard in this effort to create an equitable and just Washington where all may flourish and achieve their full potential.  

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.