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June 2018

Trout, salmon fishing opportunities abound in June

Some of Washington’s most popular fishing opportunities are open to anglers this month, including chinook salmon in the Columbia River and trout in rivers throughout the state.

Sound like fun? Prospective anglers who are interested in fishing but don’t have a fishing license can get in on the action during Free Fishing Weekend, scheduled June 9-10.

During those two days, no license will be required to fish or gather shellfish in any waters open to fishing in Washington. In addition, no vehicle access pass or Discover Pass will be required to park that weekend at any of the 700 water-access sites maintained by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). For more information, check the department’s website at

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Of course, outdoor adventures don't begin and end with Free Fishing Weekend. Great opportunities over the next several weeks include:

  • Trout: Many rivers across the state open for trout fishing June 2. Meanwhile, the lowland lakes fishing season is underway and anglers have plenty of opportunities to reel in some nice-size fish over the next several months.
  • Columbia River salmon: Anglers can fish for sleek spring chinook salmon in early June, then gear up for beefy summer chinook later in the month under regulations in effect above and below Bonneville Dam.
  • Shrimp: Recreational fisheries for shrimp are scheduled to begin May 5 in Puget Sound.
  • Lake Roosevelt sturgeon: Anglers will have an opportunity again this year to reel in white sturgeon on Lake Roosevelt. Check the Eastern Washington (Region 1) report for details on the fishery that is scheduled to open mid-month.
  • Puget Sound salmon: Salmon fishing seasons are open in portions of Puget Sound, including marine areas 10 (Seattle/Bremerton), 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island), and 13 (South Sound).
  • Bird watching: June is a great month to view birds throughout Washington, particularly at WDFW wildlife areas and other public lands.
  • Puget Sound crab: State shellfish managers are working to finalize this year's Puget Sound crab fisheries and hope to announce season information soon. Check the department's recreational crab fishing webpage for updates.

More information about outdoor activities coming up this month is available in the Weekender Regional Reports at These reports are updated throughout the month to provide current information about recreational opportunities around the state.

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