Discover North Puget Sound

Our North Puget Sound Regional Office in Mill Creek will be intermittently closed during June due to staffing shortages. We appreciate your patience during this time.

Phone calls to North Puget Sound Region customer service will go to voicemail during this time. We will return your call as soon as possible. We encourage you to email us at TeamMillCreek@dfw.wa.gov.
Counties served
Office hours
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m., Thursday: 12:00 p.m. through 4:00 p.m.
Phone
425-775-1311
Email
TeamMillCreek@dfw.wa.gov
Address

16018 Mill Creek Boulevard
Mill Creek, WA 98012-1541
United States

Director
Brendan Brokes

Fishing tips and news

New to fishing in Washington? Check out our Fish Washington blog post for a guide on how to get started.

Purchase your 2024 fishing license 

Now that spring has arrived, Washingtonians will need to purchase 2024-2025 recreational hunting and fishing licenses. Licenses can be purchased from WDFW’s licensing website, from regional offices, and hundreds of license vendors around the state.

2023-24 Sport Fishing Rules

The 2023-24 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet is available online and at hundreds of license dealers around the state. Fishing seasons are in full swing, and the updated rules can help anglers make decisions about how to spend their time on the water.

The 2024-2025 sport fishing rules and pamphlet are expected in June, and go into effect on July 1, 2024.

Current fishing regulations and emergency Fishing Rule Changes are also available online at wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations.

Annual Free Fishing Weekend is June 8-9

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WDFW’s annual Free Fishing Weekend, when anglers can fish for many species without a license, will take place June 8-9. Opportunities include trout and warmwater fish in lakes throughout the state, and lingcod and cabezon in Puget Sound.

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fly fishing woman having a great time fishing on the stream
Photo by Matt Cyr

Other requirements waived during the Free Fishing Weekend include Vehicle Access Passes and Discover Passes. You’ll still need a license for fish requiring catch record cards as well as shellfish. Learn more in our news release.

Other rules such as seasons, size limits, daily limits, and area closures still apply. Be sure to check current fishing regulations, valid through the end of June, before hitting the water, as well as any current emergency rules.  

Many rivers and streams open, certain rivers closed to protect endangered Chinook salmon

Dozens of rivers and streams across Washington are open for gamefish, including trout, steelhead, char, and whitefish, as well as numerous non-native fish species like bass and perch. Areas such as the forks of the Snoqualmie and Skagit rivers hold surprisingly large native rainbow and cutthroat trout that can be caught using small spinners, spoons, jigs, or fly-fishing gear. 

Many rivers and streams are managed under catch and release or selective gear rules—which prohibit using bait, barbs, and treble hooks—to protect wild steelhead and salmon. Be sure to check the fishing regulations and emergency Fishing Rule Changes or use the new and improved Fish Washington mobile app before heading out. 

Several rivers in the Puget Sound and coastal regions will remain closed to fishing this summer to protect Chinook salmon, including much of the Snohomish, Stillaguamish, and Nooksack river systems.

A portion of the Skykomish River around Reiter Ponds between the Highway 2 Bridge (High Bridge) and Index will open for hatchery steelhead and gamefish on June 15. Get detailed regulations in our fishing rule change.

For more information on closures in the Snohomish Basin, please visit our blog post

Recreational spot shrimp fishing continues

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Several Puget Sound marine areas remain open for shrimping, with additional days added in June. See our latest news release and fishing rule change for details.

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Spot shrimp caught in the San Juan Islands
Photo by WDFW

Overall, the 2024 shrimp season will start with similar opportunities to 2023. Fishery managers selected these dates to offer opportunities to harvest shrimp while distributing participants and reducing the chance of exceeding recreational quotas.

Also known as prawns, spot shrimp are the largest shrimp in Puget Sound and may grow up to nine inches in length. More details, including scheduled and tentative dates as well as regulations, are available on our recreational shrimp fishing webpage.

Summer salmon fishing kicks off in Puget Sound

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Get your gear ready, Puget Sound area salmon anglers! While South Puget Sound (Marine Area 13) is typically open year-round, and the Tulalip Bubble terminal area fishery near Everett opened in late-May, additional summer salmon fishing opportunities begin in June for south-central Puget Sound (Marine Area 11) and the Seattle/Bremerton area (Marine Area 10). 

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Puget Sound coho salmon fihsing
Photo by Karsten McIntosh

Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) opens daily June 1 for coho fishing only. See the fishing regulations or Fish Washington mobile app for details including catch limits.

Marine Area 11 (south-central Puget Sound around Tacoma-Vashon Island) is scheduled to open starting June 5 on Wednesdays through Saturdays only of each week for hatchery Chinook and coho fishing (season may be adjusted or closed if quota or encounters approach allowable limits). 

Salmon fishing also continues in southern Puget Sound (Marine Area 13). The Tulalip Terminal Area Salmon Fishery is open each week between 12 a.m. Friday mornings to 11:59 a.m. Monday mornings (except closed on June 1 for a tribal fish ceremony). 

Full details on tentative salmon seasons are available in our news release. Additional information on fisheries that begin after July 1 is expected to be published soon. 

Hundreds of lakes around Washington open for fishing 

Anglers can look forward to trout fishing in hundreds of lowland lakes throughout the state this spring and summer—and perhaps winning one of more than 800 trout derby prizes along with their catch. More information is available in our news release, or in our blog post recapping opening day.

Most lowland lakes opened for fishing on April 27 and remain open through Oct. 31; while some lakes are open year-round. WDFW planted more than 14.5 million trout and kokanee across Washington in the past year. The catchable-size trout averages 2.5 fish per pound, or 12 to 14 inches. 

Depending on the lake, people may encounter rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, kokanee salmon, and other fish species. Visit WDFW’s fish stocking webpage for information, including the 2024 statewide hatchery trout and kokanee stocking plan and recent catchable trout plant reports.

Visit the WDFW Trout Derby information page to learn more about how the dery works. Or check out the WDFW Medium blog for tips and videos on how to catch trout.

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Pike caught by WDFW on San Juan Island in March 2024
Photo by WDFW

Kill and report invasive pike 

Northern pike, a harmful invasive fish, have been caught recently in Lake Washington and on San Juan Island.

If anglers catch northern pike in new areas, WDFW asks that they kill the pike immediately and do not release it, take a photo, and report it by calling 1-888-WDFW-AIS, email at ais@dfw.wa.gov, or use the Washington Invasive Species Council reporting form or mobile app. 

It is illegal to possess live invasive species, including pike. Under state regulations, prohibited invasive species may be killed and retained if the person assumes responsibility for correct identification and adherence to fishing regulations. Learn more in our news release.

Halibut fishing continues in several marine areas

The 2024 halibut season continues in several marine areas. See our halibut season news release or webpage for details.

There is a one-halibut daily catch limit and no minimum size restriction. Anglers may possess a maximum of two halibut in any form while in the field and must record their catch on a WDFW halibut catch record card. New for 2024, the annual limit is six halibut per angler.

Barbless hooks are required for all species in these marine areas including halibut and bottomfish—except when using forage fish jig gear to target forage fish (herring, sandlance, anchovy, sardine, and smelt). Refer to Marine Area Rules and Definitions in the Washington Sport Fishing Rules.

A descending device must be on board vessels and rigged for immediate use when fishing for or possessing bottomfish and halibut in Washington waters. Check out our new blog post for more information descending devices and how to use them.

Boating season is here! Clean, drain, dry your boat 

Help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species this summer by having your boat checked every time you pass a watercraft check station and by cleaning, draining, and drying it every time you take it out of the water. Tips and more information available on our webpage.

Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are a huge threat to the state's native ecosystems, in particular, invasive mussels, recently found as close to Washington as the Snake River in Idaho, are a major concern but you can take some quick, easy steps to try to help prevent their spread. European green crabs are another AIS of concern in Western Washington.

Fishing for "sea-run" coastal cutthroat

Among coastal cutthroat trout, some populations are anadromous around Puget Sound, on the Washington Coast including Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay, and in lower Columbia River tributaries; meaning they spawn in freshwater but live much of their lives in saltwater. 

Learn more about these unique sea-run cutthroat and how to fish for them in this February 2022 WDFW blog post and March 2016 YouTube video.

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cutthroat trout fishing
Photo by Laura Lothrop

Sometimes called "harvest trout" due to their autumn run timing in many rivers, sea run cutthroat make excellent catch and release quarry on fly fishing gear or light spinning tackle. They typically range from 10- to 20-inches in length, and once located will aggressively bite flies and small spoons or spinners.

The cooler waters of October into January are typically peak cutthroat fishing season, followed by a lull during late January and February when these trout spawn in rivers and creeks across Western Washington. There is often another fishing peak in many saltwater areas from March into June when sea run cutthroat are feeding on salmon fry and small baitfish. 

In North Sound, Coastal and Lower Columbia rivers sea run cutthroat often school up under logjams, overhanging banks, and in other portions of the lower and mainstem rivers where they can ambush smaller fish and insects.

In South Puget Sound and Hood Canal, cutthroat will stay in shallow nearshore saltwater bays and estuaries most the year—typically caught in water ten feet deep or less, and sometimes as shallow as a few inches—before dashing up small creeks and rivers to spawn in late-January and February.

Fish Washington app receives major upgrades

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Fish Washington mobile app

WDFW launched an upgraded version of the Fish Washington mobile application on April 9, now available to download on both Apple iOS and Android devices. The new version is designed to run more smoothly while using less data and device memory.

Developers completely rewrote the app’s code, which now features a single code base for both iOS and Android platforms. This means a smaller app size, less frequent updates, and fewer bugs. Other improvements include:

  • Location-enabled United States Geological Service (USGS) river gauges.
  • More consistent emergency regulation delivery.
  • Map upgrades.

The new version will show the full water body name and description on emergency regulation cards. With a data connection, the app also includes National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) tidal predictions for marine waters and portions of the Columbia River, as well as river gauges from multiple data providers. Users can ask questions, make suggestions, or report issues at MobileAppDev@dfw.wa.gov. Learn more in our news release.

Hunting opportunities and news

For an overview of hunting in Washington and how to get started, visit our Hunt Washington blog post.

Buy your 2024 hunting license

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Black-tailed deer
Photo by WDFW

Now that spring has arrived, Washingtonians will need to buy 2024-2025 recreational hunting and fishing licenses. People can buy licenses from WDFW’s licensing website, WDFW regional offices, or hundreds of license vendors around the state.

2023-25 Hunting Regulations 

The 2023-24 Game Bird and Small Game Hunting Regulations and 2024-25 Big Game Hunting Regulations pamphlets are available online and at hundreds of license dealers around the state. The updated rules can help hunters make decisions about how to spend their time in the field. 

Current hunting regulations are also available online at wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations.

First Turkey Program

With the spring wild turkey hunting season wrapped up as of the end of May, now is the time to celebrate if this was your first turkey season. Send us your first turkey harvest information and receive an official WDFW First Turkey certificate. With the certificate, you can register your turkey with the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Washington state chapter to receive an official First Turkey pin.

Share your thoughts on proposed cougar hunting changes

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 Adult male cougar stands in tree.
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WDFW is accepting public comments on proposed changes to cougar hunting seasons. 

If adopted, the proposed rule would set the Washington cougar hunting season from Sept. 1 to March 31, place a cap of 13% of each population management unit (PMU) using a specific statewide density, and include all known human-caused cougar mortalities to determine when to close a PMU during the season. Additionally, in PMUs that reach the 13% cap prior to the Sept. 1 season start, the cap would be increased to 20% of the population to provide hunting opportunity in those PMUs. 

The public may submit comments online; via email, phone, or mail; or during a public hearing at the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission’s June meeting in Vancouver. 

Details on submitting comments are available in our news release.

New, prospective hunters must complete hunter education

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Two young hunter education students practicing at a shooting range while an instructor stands nearby giving direction
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Before hunting seasons start, be sure to complete your hunter education course.

Students may choose between a traditional classroom or hybrid course. The traditional course is a multi-session instructor-led training with an average of 15 hours of instruction. The hybrid course consists of a self-paced online class followed by a field skills evaluation by certified instructors.

Prospective hunters can learn more about hunter education requirements and register for either a traditional or hybrid course by visiting WDFW’s hunter education webpage.

Per Washington state law, all hunters born after Jan. 1, 1972, must complete a hunter education course in order to buy a hunting license. A hunter education deferral is available for hunters 10 and older who want to try hunting with an eligible licensed hunter before completing a hunter education course themselves.

Be aware of avian influenza (bird flu) 

With the spring bird migration underway, there is a chance we could also see a resurgence in highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI or commonly known as bird flu) to the state. The H5N1 virus of avian influenza is making the rounds again, especially in areas of Western Washington. This is confirmed by WDFW testing of sick or dead wild birds and U.S. Department of Agriculture surveillance of hunter-harvested birds. 

Hunters are encouraged to take precautions to protect themselves and their dogs from the virus. WDFW has specific precautions on our avian influenza webpage under “Human HPAI Safety.” If you encounter a sick or dead wild bird, please report it via our online reporting tool

Head to myWDFW.com for info on hunting, angling, and more

WDFW has rolled out a promotional website for all things hunting, angling, foraging, recreating, and more. At myWDFW.com, you’ll find informative how-to articles on the season’s major fishing and hunting opportunities, as well as a portal to online license sales and a regular update on WDFW’s latest Life Outdoors articles.

Each quarter, new fishing and hunting highlights are posted to help you get ready and take part in Washington’s current and upcoming opportunities. Dedicated to current agency promotions, outdoor recreation information, and educational content, myWDFW.com preps you to meet with success in the field and on the water.

Hoof disease in elk 

As many hunters know, Treponeme-Associated Hoof Disease (TAHD) has spread among elk in Western Washington in recent years, including in the North Cascades Elk Herd (PDF). While elk are susceptible to many conditions that cause limping or hoof deformities, the prevalence and severity of this new affliction – now known as treponeme-associated hoof disease (TAHD) – suggests something different.

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Skagit Valley bull elk in fog
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In 2021, WDFW implemented an incentive-based pilot program to encourage Western Washington (400, 500, 600 series GMUs) hunters to harvest limping elk, potentially reducing prevalence of the disease over time. General season or permit hunters can choose to participate in the program by submitting elk hooves at one of the many collection sites in western Washington. 

See the WDFW website for the locations of collection sites. Hunters that submit hooves with signs of TAHD (for example, abnormal hooves) will be automatically entered into a drawing for a special incentive permit for the following license year. Multiple bull permits in western Washington with season dates of Sept. 1 – Dec. 31 will be awarded. Additionally, all participants will receive a custom, waterproof license holder. 

What hunters can do to help: 

  • Harvest a limping elk from any 400, 500, 600 series GMUs 
  • Turn in your elk hooves along with complete registration forms at one of several collection sites in western Washington 
  • Report elk: Hunters can help WDFW track TAHD by reporting observations of both affected and unaffected elk on the department’s online reporting form. 
  • Clean shoes and tires: Anyone who hikes or drives off-road in a known affected area can help minimize the risk of spreading the disease to new areas by removing all mud from their shoes and tires before leaving the area. 

Wildlife watching and recreation

Searching for places to watch wildlife or recreate on State Wildlife Areas or WDFW Water Access Areas? Visit our Places to Go webpage, Wildlife Area map or Water Access Area webpage for ideas.

Or visit our wildlife viewing webpage for more information and tips on wildlife watching!

Big Ditch Water Access Area closed to vehicles April 15 - Sept. 15

Big Ditch Water Access Area is closed to vehicle entry through September 15 to reduce illegal dumping, vandalism, and target shooting. Walk-in access from the gate is allowed. This site near Stanwood on the southside of Skagit Bay is popular in the fall and winter for waterfowl hunting and birdwatching. 

For information on other water access areas nearby, please visit our Skagit Wildlife Area webpage.

Watchable Wildlife

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American pika sitting on rocks eating a flower
Photo by Linda Steider
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Looking forward to spending more time outside in the summer sunshine? That means you’re likely going to find some wildlife! Providing plenty of space for critters you encounter will keep them and yourself safe and comfortable. Learn more about keeping your distance and ethical wildlife viewing practices on our webpage.  

Heading to higher altitudes? We’re asking hikers to tell us when and where you’ve seen or heard pikas. With the simple click of a button on ArcGIS Survey 123, you can report pikas to WDFW’s researchers who are studying climate change effects on the species. Learn more about this project, pikas, and the simple steps you can take to help by reading our blog. Just want to see cute photos of pikas? The blog has those too. 

Help protect wildlife by keeping dogs leashed

With summer right around the corner, now’s the time to get out and enjoy Washington’s great outdoors. Also during this time, does are giving birth to fawns, ground-nesting birds are tending to their eggs and young chicks, and sensitive plants are growing to provide food and habitat for wildlife.

If you have a canine companion, chances are they’re eager to join you outdoors, too. While dogs are welcome at WDFW wildlife areas and water access areas, please keep in mind that they must be leashed through July 31. Learn more about how this helps to protect habitat, wildlife, and people in our 2022 blog post.

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The short dike-top trail is a popular site for birding at Fir Island Farms
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#LifeOutdoorsWA

The outdoors fits into everyone’s life in unique and personal ways. We want to help people connect with nature wherever they are. Check out our Life Outdoors resources to plan your next adventure, whether it be birding in your neighborhood or camping across the state. We hope to see you in the field and on the water enjoying the Life Outdoors!

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A black bear in someone's back yard, standing near torn-open garbage bags and a grey garbage can that has been knocked over
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Leave wild babies wild

If you find 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. Read our blog to learn about when not to rescue wildlife and what to do if you encounter certain species.

For wildlife that do require care, WDFW relies on permitted rehabilitators. Rehabilitators are trained and highly skilled in providing the unique attention needed for injured or orphaned wildlife, and care deeply for the animals entrusted to them.

Visit our website to learn more about Washington’s wildlife rehabilitators and find one near you. Remember to thank the rehabilitators in your region for the important work they do on behalf of our state’s wildlife!

Practice bear awareness this summer

Black bears are common throughout Washington, including suburban areas. Both when preparing for hibernation and awakening from it, they look for high-calorie foods that are easy to obtain. These may include garbage, bird feeders (both seed and liquid), fruit trees, and pet food.

As human populations encroach on bear habitat, people and bears have greater chances of encountering each other. Food sources provided by humans, whether intentionally or not, can attract bears. Removing these attractants is the best way to encourage bears to move along and focus on natural food sources

Ask your local waste management company if bear-resistant containers are available or if individually purchased bear-resistant containers are compatible with the company’s equipment. Secure your garbage cans, such as in a shed or garage, and put them out the morning of pickup — not the night before. To help reduce odors, freeze meat and fish waste before disposing of it and spray garbage cans with disinfectants.

More information on living with bears is available on our website.

WDFW offers accessible hunting and wildlife-viewing blinds

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View of the lake from inside the hunting blind
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Did you know WDFW offers hunting and wildlife-viewing blinds and platforms throughout Washington that are accessible to people with disabilities? Learn about these Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) designated sites at wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/hunting-and-wildlife-viewing-blinds.

Some sites can be reserved through WDFW's Private Lands Hunting Access program. Others can be reserved by calling the wildlife area manager.

Hunters without disabilities should yield ADA hunting and wildlife-viewing blinds and platforms to those with disabilities if the site was reserved.

Many of these ADA hunting and wildlife-viewing blinds and platforms are built and maintained with support from volunteers, master hunters, and partners including Inland Northwest Wildlife Council and Washington Waterfowl Association. Thank you!

Skagit Wildlife Area Headquarters Unit to remain closed to public

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Great blue heron at Skagit Wildlife Area Headquarters Unit in March 2022
Photo by WDFW

Following heavy rains and flooding, we have determined that the Skagit Wildlife Area Headquarters Unit near Conway will remain closed to public access until further notice due to safety concerns. Walk-in access is prohibited.

WDFW hopes to reopen the Skagit Headquarters Unit to the public later in 2024 once critical public safety and habitat protection work is complete. Learn more in our statement.

Since 2016, multiple high-water events have overtopped dikes in the area, resulting in temporary inundation of public and private property. This construction project will raise and widen the dikes in accordance with Army Corps of Engineers standards. More information is available on this webpage.

Conserving species and habitats

Looking for more info on wildlife conservation and species management around Washington? Check out our Bi-Weekly Wildlife Program reports

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Transient orca whale in the San Juan Islands with Mt. Baker in the background.
Photo by Chase Gunnell

Boaters, remember to Be Whale Wise

When boating this summer, make sure to follow Be Whale Wise regulations and guidelines to help protect endangered Southern Resident killer whales (SRKW) and other marine mammals. Avoid approaching SRKW, and at minimum stay the required distance away.

Boaters are also encouraged to watch for the Whale Warning Flag, an optional tool from the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee that lets others know there might be whales nearby. If you see the flag, slow down and follow guidelines. For more on how to keep marine life and yourself safe, including specific laws, visit the Be Whale Wise website.

Wild Washington Youth Education

As Pollinator Week buzzes into action June 17-30, families can embark on a journey to safeguard our vital pollinators. Dive into the world of bees, butterflies, and beyond with these engaging activities that can be done near and away from the home. Grab your smartphone, download iNaturalist, and join Pollinator Partnerships’ national pollinator bioblitz (ends July 31).  

Want to stay closer to home? Check out one of our many activities; from planting a pollinator garden, to crafting bee hotels, embarking on a pollinator scavenger hunt, or exploring pollinator-themed coloring books, there’s a Pollinator Week activity for every family! 

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Anna's hummingbird visits flower
Photo by John Knox

Habitat at Home: Welcome the bees, butterflies, and birds

It’s a great time to get outside and see your local pollinators! From bees to butterflies and moths to hummingbirds, all of Washington’s pollinators have a role to play in plant reproduction. 

Discover who’s buzzing and fluttering around your neighborhood, and learn how to support their habitat. Keep an eye on our social media pages and events webpage for Pollinator Week celebrations near you. 

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European green crab identification graphic, 2022
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Please report suspected European green crabs

Our Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) unit recently received a report from a concerned member of the public who claimed to have collected nine invasive European green crabs from a Hood Canal beach. Upon reviewing their photos, we quickly determined these were in fact helmet crabs, a common native species unlawful to kill or retain.

While we appreciate their concern about invasive species, the reporting party was reminded to photograph and report suspected European green crabs using the form at wdfw.wa.gov/greencrab, leaving the crab in question where it was found.

Incidents like this are one reason why WDFW has not yet opened recreational harvest for European green crabs in Washington. Other reasons include restrictions on access to private tidelands and shellfish beds, and concerns about bycatch of protected fish and shellfish, especially if traps are exposed during low tide. Read more in our blog post.

Annual survey shows growth in Washington gray wolf population in 2023

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Map of wolf packs in Washington in 2023
Photo by WDFW
Washington’s wolf population grew for the 15th consecutive year in 2023, according to the Washington Gray Wolf Conservation and Management 2023 Annual Report, released in late April by WDFW.

The report shows a 20% increase in wolf population growth from the previous count in 2022. As of Dec. 31, 2023, WDFW and partnering tribes counted 260 wolves in 42 packs in Washington. Twenty-five of the packs were successful breeding pairs that raised at least two pups through the end of the calendar year. These numbers follow the previous year’s count of 216 wolves in 37 packs and 26 breeding pairs. 

“Although the first pack to recolonize the South Cascades and Northwest Coast recovery region only had one wolf during the year end counts in 2023, we have observed multiple collared wolves south of Interstate 90 in the last year,” said WDFW Director Kelly Susewind. “This likely means it is only a matter of time before new packs begin to establish in that recovery region.”  

Learn more about wolves in our news release.

Updates on WDFW's 25-year Strategic Plan

This winter, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW) 25-Year Strategic Plan turned three, launching us a few years into a long forward-thinking vision for the future of fish and wildlife conservation here in Washington through 2045.

As we look back on our progress in 2023, it’s also an opportunity to pause and reflect on all that we’ve accomplished together in these first few years on the goals outlined in our strategic plan. Learn more about implementing our 25-Year Strategic Plan: A Path to an Improved Era for Fish, Wildlife, and People, in this blog post.

Join the WDFW Team 

If you’d enjoy preserving, protecting, and perpetuating the state’s fish, wildlife, and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities, then check out some of our current job openings or sign up for job alerts. From fish hatchery specialists to environmental engineers and budget analysts to wildlife biologists, a career with WDFW makes a difference.

Volunteer opportunity spotlight 

WDFW welcomes volunteers of all abilities who want to contribute to the conservation of fish, wildlife, and habitat. Diverse volunteer opportunities are available, including projects on state wildlife areas and water access areas, habitat restoration projects, Hunter Education instruction, and assisting at outreach events.   

For more information about the volunteer program and upcoming volunteer opportunities, visit the WDFW volunteer webpage.

Meet your Regional Director: Brendan Brokes

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Brendan Brokes, Region 4 Director
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Brendan Brokes, Region 4 Director

Brendan Brokes, North Puget Sound Region Director (Region 4), holds a master's degree in fisheries science from Oregon State University and has lived in the Pacific Northwest since 1987. He served as the Habitat Program Manager in this region since 2015, after filling a decade-long role as the Assistant Regional Habitat Program Manager.

Before arriving at WDFW in 2001, Brokes worked at Mount Rainier National Park as a researcher and biological technician in aquatic ecology. He also worked with the National Marine Fisheries Service monitoring foreign commercial fisheries compliance.