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Skokomish river winds through its estuary

Customer service staff in the Montesano Regional Office are available for walk-in service 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. WDFW staff will continue to wear masks while providing customer service, and the public is encouraged to wear a mask. 

The Port Townsend District Office will be open by appointment only. Please call 360-302-3030 to schedule an appointment.

Counties served: Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Thurston

Interim Director: Captain Dan Chadwick

48 Devonshire Road
Montesano, WA 98563

Email: TeamMontesano@dfw.wa.gov

Telephone: 360-249-4628

Fax: 360-249-1229

May fishing tips and news

Trout

Two young people show fish they caught
Courtesy Michael Moriarty Courtesy Michael Moriarty

The lowland lakes trout fishing opener on April 23 started off with ideal weather conditions and many happy anglers catching lots of fish. And if you missed out on all the fun, there’s no need to worry as thousands of trout planted across the region should keep the fun times going through May and into early summer.

During the April 23 opener, 2,432 anglers surveyed statewide caught 7,794 trout and released 2,629 for an average of 3.2 caught and 2.1 kept per angler. In Region 6, creel surveys taken at 37 lakes showed 1,091 anglers kept 2,186 trout and released 1,021 for 2.0 kept and 2.94 caught per angler. Anglers can click here to see how all the lakes fared on the opener. Anglers can also keep tabs to the Weekly Trout Plant Reports for trout stocking updates.

Besides the seasonal trout lakes good year-round options that received plants of fish include Black, Long, and St. Clair in Thurston County; Gibbs in Jefferson County; and Spanaway, American, Kapowsin, and Steilacoom in Pierce County.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife 2022 Trout Derby

Trout Derby

The statewide WDFW Trout Derby commenced on opening day and runs through Oct. 31 with thousands of tagged trout lurking in more than 100 statewide lakes. Anglers who catch a tagged trout can win over 800 donated prizes totaling around $37,000. The average number of tags turned in was 55 percent in 2021. On opening day (April 23) a total of 80 tags were turned in for prizes out of 847 tagged fish which equates to about 9.6% turned in. Anglers can track how many tags have been turned in to date, and it also indicates how many tags remain in each lake. 

WDFW hosts kids fishing events throughout the year. Other fishing groups, clubs, and organizations such as the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation also host yearly events to promote youth fishing.

Anglers can start making plans for Washington’s statewide rivers, streams and beaver ponds that open the Saturday (May 28) before Memorial Day through Oct. 31. Beaver ponds located within or connected to streams listed as open to trout and other game fish follow the same rules as the stream. Be sure to check for special regulations.

Two fishermen wearing orange water proof suits holding a very large halibut.
David Bergeron

Coastal halibut and other bottomfish

The Columbia River/Ilwaco (Marine Area 1) all-depth halibut fishery is open Thursdays and Sundays only from May 5-22 and June 2-26, plus May 26 and June 30, but could close sooner if the quota is achieved. The nearshore area opens to fishing May 9 on a Monday-through-Wednesday schedule. The Ilwaco all-depth quota is 19,037 pounds, and the nearshore quota is 500 pounds.

At Westport (Marine Area 2) the all-depth halibut fishery is open Thursdays and Sundays only from May 5-22 and May 26 but could close sooner if the quota is achieved. Additional open dates if quota remains are June 16, 19, 23, and 26. If there is remaining quota, the northern nearshore area will open on the Saturday after the all-depth fishery closes and will remain open daily until the overall quota is taken. Westport’s quota is 68,555 pounds.

At Neah Bay and La Push (Marine Areas 3 and 4) halibut fishing is open Thursdays and Saturdays only from May 5-21 and June 2-25, plus May 27, May 29 and June 30 but could close sooner if the quota is achieved. The quota for both areas is 133,847 pounds.

Fishing off the coast for lingcod, certain rockfish species, kelp greenling, and cabezon is open daily through Oct. 15 off the Columbia River/Ilwaco area, Westport, La Push and Neah Bay (Marine Areas 1, 2, 3 and 4) and western Strait of Juan de Fuca from the Sekiu River mouth west to the Bonilla-Tatoosh border (Area 4).

Check the WDFW website for specific regulations and what types of fish you can retain. Fishing regulations include depth restrictions and area closures designed to reduce encounters with yelloweye rockfish, which must be released under state and federal law. Anglers are reminded that a descending device must be on board vessels and rigged for immediate use when fishing for or possessing bottomfish and halibut. Information about descending devices can be found on WDFW’s webpage.

Spring Chinook salmon in Sol Duc and Quillayute rivers

Fishing for spring Chinook opens May 1 on two northern Olympic Peninsula coastal rivers. Fishing is allowed May 1 through August 31 on Quillayute River (Olympic National Park boundary upstream to confluence of Sol Duc and Bogachiel rivers) and Sol Duc River (mouth to concrete pump station at hatchery). As described in the sport fishing rules pamphlet: Daily limit 4 salmon, only 2 of which may be adults. Release wild adult Chinook, wild adult coho, and all sockeye. Only one single point barbless hook is allowed.

Gamefish on the Sol Duc and Quillayute rivers will also open on May 1 with rules as described in the sport fishing rules pamphlet. Fishing from a boat is allowed but internal combustion motors are prohibited. Bait is allowed on the Quillayute and allowed on the Sol Duc through July 15. Review the rules for the waters in the Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet, as well as any emergency rule changes. For more information and detailed tips on salmon fishing, visit the WDFW salmon fishing webpage.

A crowd razor clamming at Copalis Beach

Razor clams on coastal beaches

An abundant razor clam population has provided excellent digging since the season began in fall and the final round of digging can proceed as planned from May 1-7 to wrap up a memorable season.

“As we enter the homestretch of the 2021-2022 recreational razor clam season, it’s quite clear that this will go down as one of the best on record,” said Dan Ayres, the WDFW coastal shellfish manager. “Looking to the future, the cooler, productive ocean conditions we are experiencing now may be a good indicator for another great season starting this fall.”

A total of 432,380 diggers from Sept. 17 to April 21 (111 digging days) have taken home more than 7.1-million razor clams. During digs on April 16-21 the average was 19.1 clams per person at Long Beach; 19.3 at Twin Harbors; 19.2 at Copalis; and 18.7 at Mocrocks. Razor clams have also been large-in-size averaging 4.3” at Long Beach; 4.7” at Twin Harbors; 4.8” at Copalis; and 4.5” at Mocrocks.

Digging is allowed during low tide from 12 a.m. through 11:59 a.m. only:

  • May 1, Sunday, 7:47 AM; -0.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • May 2, Monday, 8:22 AM; -0.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • May 3, Tuesday, 8:57 AM; -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • May 4, Wednesday, 9:34 AM; -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • May 5, Thursday, 10:13 AM; -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • May 6, Friday, 10:57 AM; +0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • May 7, Saturday, 11:48 AM; +0.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis (digging hours extended to 1PM)

On all open beaches – Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, and Copalis – the daily limit from April 29 through May 7 is 20 clams instead of the usual 15. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container, and all diggers must keep the first 20 clams they dig, regardless of size or condition. Diggers are reminded that a possession limit of shellfish is one daily limit in fresh form, and all other shellfish must be frozen or processed. Razor clams that are simply cleaned are not considered processed. For more information, please visit WDFW's online Fishing Regulation Pamphlet.

So far this season, 432,380 diggers have taken home 7,170,255 razor clams. During digs on April 16-21 the average was 19.1 clams per person at Long Beach; 19.3 at Twin Harbors; 19.2 at Copalis; and 18.7 at Mocrocks. The size of razor clams has been unusually large averaging 4.3” at Long Beach; 4.7” at Twin Harbors; 4.8” at Copalis; and 4.5” at Mocrocks.

Not all beaches are open for every dig, so diggers are encouraged to make sure their intended destination is open before heading out. The most successful digging occurs between one and two hours before the listed time of low tide.

As in past years, WDFW is asking beachgoers to avoid disturbing nesting snowy plovers – an endangered shorebird – by staying out of the dunes and posted areas along the southwest Washington coast. Snowy plover nests are nearly invisible, and it is vital to give these birds the space they need to live and thrive during their nesting period, especially along the southern end on Twin Harbors – known as Midway Beach – and the north end of Long Beach. People should avoid leaving leftover food or trash – which attracts predators – on the beach and picnic areas, keep pets on a leash, stay out of dunes, and avoid areas which are clearly marked with posted signs. When driving on the beach, please respect the 25 MPH speed limit and enter only at designated access points. Be sure to stay on the hard-packed sand near the high tide line to avoid crushing clam beds and snowy plover nests. 

WDFW and tribal co-managers will begin assessments this summer to determine razor clam abundance. WDFW will also have a public comment period around the end of August. Learn more about razor clam abundance, population densities at various beaches, and how seasons are set.

Details on the razor clam season can be found on WDFW's razor clam website.

Mom and daughter digging steamer clams
Shannon Haywood

Puget Sound and Hood Canal shellfish gathering

Spring is an excellent time for a variety of clams and oysters on open beaches of Puget Sound and Hood Canal. Upcoming low tides this month switch to daylight hours. Before heading to a beach, visit WDFW’s Washington shellfish safety map, which has an easy to navigate search tool to locate the precise beach you want to view. It is critical to check the shellfish safety map on the date of harvest because water quality conditions can change quickly. To find the optimal low tides, review the tide chart. You can also find shellfish harvesting information on the Washington Department of Health webpage

Dungeness crab

Crabbing is open year-round in Washington’s ocean waters (Marine Areas 1, 2, 3 and 4 west of the Tatoosh-Bonilla line). This can be a fun experience for those without a boat at various coastal marinas where crabbing is allowed. More information is available on our crab seasons and areas webpage and on the WDFW’s website.

A large spot shrimp being held in the palm of a hand showing pink coloration with white stripes on the legs and head
Eric Winther

Spot shrimp fishing

The spot shrimp fishery opens in Hood Canal (Marine Area 12) on May 25 and 28, June 9 and 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. South central Puget Sound (Marine Area 11) is open May 25 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Discovery Bay (Marine Area 6) is open May 25 only from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca (Area 6 outside of Discovery Bay) is open during official daylight hours on May 25-28, June 9-11, June 23-25, July 7-9, and July 21-23. The Strait of Juan de Fuca (Areas 4 and 5) will be open daily during official daylight hours beginning May 25 until further notice. Southern Puget Sound (Area 13) south of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge will remain closed for spot shrimp in 2022 but will be open sometime in early summer for other shrimp species and a depth restriction.  Click here for details on regulations and other marine areas opening for spot shrimp.

Salmon fishing

The 2022-2023 salmon seasons have been tentatively set with some improved opportunities in the ocean driven by strong expected coho returns. Look for a variety of marine and freshwater areas to go and wet a line this summer and fall. This includes the coastal ports at Ilwaco, Westport, La Push and Neah Bay (Marine Areas 1, 2, 3, and 4), and the Strait of Juan de Fuca (Marine Areas 5 and 6). Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor will also provide some late-summer salmon fishing. The seasons – cooperatively developed by WDFW and treaty tribal co-managers – allow recreational salmon anglers a chance to start making plans now to go fishing. Click here for more information.

Be a part of fisheries management: Submit a voluntary Salmon Trip Report today! 

Did you know? By completing a voluntary Salmon Trip Report during a day’s salmon fishing trip, you can have a direct role in WDFW’s ability to monitor salmon fisheries. Salmon Trip Reports help to increase the amount of data available for in-season management and can help fisheries managers make better informed decisions. 

WDFW’s voluntary Salmon Trip Report program provides critical data that WDFW fishery managers use to maintain salmon fishing opportunities as part of the annual salmon season setting process, commonly referred to as North of Falcon. The program spans coastal Washington and Puget Sound (Marine Areas 1-13). 

These trip reports are just one tool in a suite of options fisheries managers use to collect biological and fishery data for Puget Sound salmon. Other monitoring tools include dockside sampling, test fishing, and boat surveys. 

Learn more on our voluntary Salmon Trip Report web page. For more information about the annual salmon season process, which will kick off later this winter, check out our blog post.

New license reminder

Now that it’s spring, Washingtonians must have a new 2022-2023 recreational hunting and fishing licenses. Those age 15 or older must have an applicable fishing and/or shellfish license. Licenses are available by phone at 866-246-9453 or online, and from license dealers around the state.

Boat on lake
Andy Walgamott

Boating safety

With saltwater and freshwater fishing seasons in full swing, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Boating Program reminds you to take a boater safety education course, if you haven’t already, to be prepared for the season. In Washington, boaters who operate a vessel with a 15-horsepower engine or greater must carry a Boater Education Card to prove they passed an accredited boating safety education course. Keep in mind that wearing a flotation device in, on or around water saves lives as drowning is one of the leading causes of fatalities especially among young children.

Assistance needed for mass-marking salmon

WDFW is looking for volunteers and hiring paid positions to assist fin clipping salmon at statewide hatcheries during spring and early summer. Anyone interested in volunteering at a WDFW hatchery can click on the WDFW’s website. Anyone interested in applying for a paid marking position can look for positions in their area and apply through Kelly Services. These temporary, full-time positions pay $16.49 per hour with the ability to start immediately, no experience required, and training provided. Click here to learn more about WDFW’s mass-marking program.

Orca breaching
Ken Rea

Be Whale Wise while boating in marine waters 

Starting to gear up for boating season? Remember to Be Whale Wise, give these endangered whales some extra space, and slow down to help quiet the waters. Just by following Be Whale Wise regulations, you can make a big difference for endangered Southern Resident killer whales and their ability to move about, find food, and socialize.

  • Stay at least 300 yards from Southern Resident killer whales and at least 400 yards out of their path or behind the whales.
  • Reduce your speed to seven knots within one-half nautical mile of a Southern Resident killer whale.
  • Watch for the Whale Warning Flag, a tool to let others know that there might be whales nearby. If you see the flag, slow down! Get a flag of your own from our partners at the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee. 
  • Turn off fish finders and/or depth sounders if you do see Southern Residents in the distance. 
  • Help to encourage positive behavior: Report violations.  

Learn more at bewhalewise.org or in our video below. 

Find ADA-accessible facilities to enjoy the outdoors 

 Whether you’re looking for fishing, hunting, or wildlife viewing opportunities, our website offers many tools to find ADA-accessible facilities to enjoy the outdoors. WDFW-managed lands with ADA facilities include water access areas and wildlife areas. Our website also has a list of fishing piers that you can filter by county and availability of ADA-accessible facilities. Visit our blog post to learn more

May hunting tips and news

Father and son hunters walking down a dirt road, each carrying a turkey they harvested
Nick Rezek

Wild turkey hunting

The statewide spring wild turkey hunting general season is open through May 31. WDFW provides public hunting opportunity not just on Wildlife Area lands but also on private lands enrolled in the Private Lands Access Program. Please visit Private Lands Hunting Access website to see a list of available properties. For more information, visit the Wild Turkey hunting webpage, and click here for hunting prospects.

Special hunting permit application

Hunters can submit special hunt applications through May 19 for deer, elk, mountain goat, moose, bighorn sheep, and fall turkey seasons. WDFW will conduct a drawing from this year’s applicants to select 2022 permit winners by the end of June. Hunters who successfully draw a special permit gain the opportunity to hunt at special times or places, opportunities for ages and sexes of wildlife not usually allowed in general season hunts and hunting opportunities for species which aren’t abundant enough to allow general hunting seasons. Special hunt permits offer a chance to participate in a unique hunt while directly supporting conservation and management in Washington.

To apply for a deer or elk special permit, hunters must first buy a hunting license before applying with their preferred hunt choices. Applicants for mountain goat, moose, and bighorn sheep do not need to buy a license before they apply.

Instructions and details on applying for special permit hunts begin on page 16 of Washington’s 2022 Big Game Hunting Seasons and Regulations pamphlet, available on WDFW's website and in print at dealer locations across the state, and on the vendor website later this month.

Hunters can buy applications and licenses from license vendors, in-person at the Natural Resources Building in Olympia, regional offices, or on WDFW's WILD system. Hunters must submit applications at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/login. Hunters can also purchase a variety of general season licenses at these locations for hunting opportunities that do not require a special permit. Hunters buying and applying online must create a username and password in the Department’s WILD system if they have not already done so.

Most special hunt permit applications cost $7.10 for residents, $110.50 for non-residents, and $3.80 for youth under age 16. Resident applications for mountain goat, bighorn sheep ram, moose, and "quality" categories for deer and elk run $13.70. WDFW will post the results of the special hunt permit drawing online by the end of June. WDFW will also notify winners by mail or email by mid-July.

Be respectful on private lands

The public is fortunate to have the opportunity to hunt private property through WDFW's Private Lands program. Some people in Eastern Washington of late have been target shooting on private lands, leaving a mess. If you hunt private property, please be respectful. Visit the WDFW Medium to read about opportunities to hunt and recreate on private lands.

learning to shoot

Hunter education

Most hunting seasons have ended, but it is best to prepare ahead on taking the hunter education course. These courses reinforce important firearm and hunting safety principles, hunting ethics, basic survival and first aid, wildlife identification and conservation. For more information, visit the Hunter Education webpage.

Reporting your harvest

Mandatory hunter harvest reporting allows the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to better manage game species throughout the state and set permit levels for upcoming seasons. This in turn allows for more hunting opportunities. For more information, visit the hunting reporting webpage.

May wildlife viewing

Wildlife viewing

Birders look through binoculars in field

The International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) is May 14 near the peak of many bird migrations, with birdwatchers looking for hundreds of bird species moving from their wintering grounds south of the U.S. border to nesting habitats in North America. Look for local birding events this month and next through the IMBD website or through local Washington Audubon chapter websites.

Look for a wide variety of migratory birds arriving for spring as numerous wetlands and viewing areas are teeming with all kinds of waterfowl including Canada geese, tundra swans, and various duck and shorebird species. Find the best places for bird watching by exploring routes along the Great Washington State Birding Trail. The site features where to see mountain golden eagles, bald eagles, cedar waxwings, dark-eyed juncos, American white pelicans, and more.

A closeup of an Olympic torrent salamander on a wood surface.
William Leonard

Amphibians and reptiles

Did you know Washington is home to at least 25 species of amphibians (salamanders and frogs) and 28 reptiles (turtles, snakes, and lizards)? If you hadn’t noticed there’s a lot of ribbit-ribbit, croaking, trilling, hopping, and slithering happening right now around ponds, waterways, and greenbelts. Amphibians and reptiles are both important members of aquatic (water) and terrestrial (land) ecosystems, and they may use different habitats throughout the year, and it is especially noticeable and visible during spring. Click on the WDFW amphibian and reptile webpage or the species webpage to find out more information.

Negative wildlife interactions

May is a busy month for the birth of baby animals. A reminder that if you run into fawns, baby birds, or other young animals, please leave them be, even if they appear to be orphaned or abandoned. Most animals have a parent foraging or hunting nearby. Click on this link to read about living with wildlife.

Black bears have also begun to emerge from their winter dens hungry and in search of calories after five months of not eating. During this time of increased activity, we're asking for your help to secure un-natural food sources to reduce bear encounters – especially around your home or while on the trail. Every year we see people who want to “help” fawns left alone in the forest but just because baby animals are alone does not mean they need help. Fight the urge to pick up and rescue bedded fawns — you might save their life. Click here for details: https://wdfw.medium.com/spring-babies-do-they-need-your-help-49a32b73b105 or Spanish version at https://wdfw.medium.com/deja-a-los-cervatillos-en-paz-9c25db43aca8.

Report bat observations

Have you seen a bat flying during the day or in freezing weather? These could be signs of a serious disease called white-nose syndrome. Please report your observations online or call 360-902-2515. White-nose syndrome does not pose a threat to humans, pets, or other wildlife. 

Life Outdoors

Sunlight shines through dark forest

Share your outdoor adventures for a chance to win outdoor gear!

Send us your best #LifeOutdoorsWA photos of how you spend time outdoors! Your photos may be featured on WDFW’s Facebook and Instagram to celebrate the variety of ways people enjoy outdoor lifestyles and to inspire others to spend time in nature.

Enter our monthly photo contest for a chance to win a Cabela’s gift card! Each month has a new theme and a new winner.

Share your outdoor adventures for a chance to win outdoor gear!

Send us your best photos of how you spend time outdoors! Your photos may be featured on WDFW’s Facebook and Instagram to celebrate the variety of ways people enjoy outdoor lifestyles and to inspire others to spend time in nature.

Enter our monthly photo contest for a chance to win a Cabela’s gift card! Each month has a new theme and a new winner.

Participating is simple:

Visit WDFW’s Life Outdoors webpage to find out the outdoor recreation theme for the current month.

Submit pictures of you, your friends, or family participating in the month’s featured outdoor recreation theme on WDFW’s website.

When submitting your photo, select #LifeOutdoorsWA in the category section. In the description area, tell us a little about your experience.

On the last Friday of the month, a winner will be selected and featured on WDFW’s Facebook and Instagram. Winners will also be contacted via email to receive their prize.

When sharing your photos on social media, be sure to use #LifeOutdoorsWA!

person hiking on a trail with mountains all around
Naomi Gross

Recreate Responsibly

As the weather warms up and more folks head outdoors for spring-time activities, it is wise to #RecreateResponsibly for potential hazards and dangers.

Here are more tips on staying safe right now:

Plan ahead

  • Tell someone where you're going and when you expect to be home. Travel with a buddy when possible.
  • Always carry survival gear with you. The 10 Essentials include clothing, shelter, and food in case you must spend the night outside.
  • Have a reliable map and compass skills to traverse snow-covered trails. These can be challenging to follow, particularly in backcountry areas.
  • While electronic locators and communication can be helpful, they cannot be always be relied upon while in the backcountry.

Play it safe

  • Hazards, avalanche slopes and designated safe routes are not marked.
  • Have proper footwear with good traction, micro-spikes, extra clothing, water, and a headlamp.
  • Snow hides hazards like streams. Use your poles to poke snow before stepping on it if you hear water.
  • Stay on the trail, even if it means walking on snow or mud.
  • Turn around instead of crossing steep, snow–covered slopes. A fall could be disastrous.
  • Avoid stepping onto snow cornices as they may collapse under your weight. Assume that snow on the edge of precipices is unstable. Falling into snow moats around trees and near logs or rocks can cause injury. Avoid getting too close.
  • Weather can change quickly, causing hard-to-navigate conditions, including whiteouts or dangerous stream crossings due to rapid snowmelt.
  • Beware of avalanches. Snow is increasingly unstable this time of year and may slide or collapse.
  • Remember, you are responsible for your own safety!

May Habitat at Home

Habitat at Home: May is Gardening for Wildlife Month 

Girl prepares plants for garden

Did you know that gardening with native plants can increase biodiversity and support human health and well-being? Support wildlife in your area this May by planting native species during Gardening for Wildlife month.

Learn about the impact of wildlife gardens and find what species of plants are beneficial for wildlife in your region. You can also learn more by following the National Wildlife Federation’s Garden for Wildlife Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter.  For more information about an introduction to native plant gardening, go to https://wdfw.wa.gov/species-habitats/living/backyard#native-plants.

 

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Meet your interim Regional Director: Captain Dan Chadwick

Portrait photo of Enforcement Captain Dan Chadwick
Captain Dan Chadwick, interim South Puget Sound and Coast Region Director

Dan Chadwick serves as a Captain with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police and is serving as the interim Regional Director. Dan’s career in law enforcement began in 1996 as a deputy sheriff in Adams County. He transferred to the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office where he served as a deputy until he was hired by WDFW Police in 2000. Prior to becoming Captain, Dan was a Field Training Officer, Detective, and Sergeant. He is a 2016 graduate of the National Association of Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Leadership Academy. Dan has been stationed along the coast in Region 6 his entire career with WDFW where he specialized in enforcing commercial and recreational fisheries as well as big game regulations.

Dan is a native of Washington—he grew up in Whatcom County and he graduated from Washington State University. He spent his summers during college purse seine fishing near False Pass, Alaska and gillnetting in Bristol Bay. In his spare time, Dan is an avid saltwater fisherman and big game hunter.

Watch the Nov. 21 digital open house with former Region 6 Director Larry Phillips and Director Kelly Susewind.