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September 2018

Hunters take to the field, salmon move upriver

The sun is setting earlier and the leaves are starting to turn color – signs of another change of season. Fall is in the air, and hunters are heading out for the first major hunting seasons of the year.

Salmon fisheries are also underway in the Columbia River, Puget Sound and other waters, and anglers are still reeling in trout from lakes throughout Washington. 

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September highlights include:

  • Deer and elk: Early general archery hunts will open for deer and elk in many areas of the state.
  • Canada geese: Hunters will have an opportunity to go afield for Canada geese before the primary waterfowl seasons get underway in October.
  • Youth-only hunts: The special bird hunt for hunters under age 16 is split between two weekends. The hunt for ducks and geese is set for Sept. 22-23 on the west side of the state and Sept. 29-30 on the eastside. Youth hunters can also hunt pheasants Sept. 22-23 statewide.
  • Columbia River salmon and steelhead: Coho salmon are the name of the game downriver from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line, while the chinook fishery moves upstream.
  • Eastern Washington lakes: Fishing for trout and warmwater species, such as bass and yellow perch, should continue to be good at several eastern Washington lakes.

With wildfires burning in several areas of the state, hunters and others are advised to check fire conditions at before they head out. Fire restrictions are currently in effect on lands managed by WDFW (see for more information).

For information about hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing opportunities available this month in each region of the state, see the Weekender Regional Reports at

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