No need to wait until spring
to catch fish, spot wildlife
Temperatures are warming, birds are singing, and spring chinook salmon will soon be moving into the lower Columbia River from the ocean. Spring is still a ways off, but February offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.
State fishery managers expect nearly 100,000 upriver adult spring chinook to return to the Columbia River this year. The fishery is open now below the Interstate 5 Bridge, but it usually doesn’t heat up until late March.
Meanwhile, there are several other great fisheries and outdoor events available this month including:
Salmon: The Strait of Juan de Fuca will open for salmon fishing as blackmouth fisheries continue in several areas of Puget Sound.
Steelhead: Winter steelhead fishing is open in various rivers around the state, and a catch-and-release fishery will open this month for wild steelhead on the Skagit and Sauk rivers in northern Puget Sound.
Rainbow trout: Anglers are reeling in trout from lakes on both sides of the Cascades. Thousands of one-to-two pound triploid trout will be released into Rufus Woods Reservoir in Okanogan County this month.
Sport shows: A trio of sportsmen's shows are scheduled in the coming weeks, including the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen's Show, Feb. 6-10 in Portland; the Central Washington Sportsmen Show, Feb. 15-17 in Yakima; and the Wenatchee Valley Sportsmen Show, Feb. 22-24 in Wenatchee. WDFW will have booths at all three events.
Great Backyard Bird Count: A trio of sportsmen's shows are scheduled in the coming weeks, including the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen's Show, Feb. 6-10 in Portland; the Central Washington Sportsmen Show, Feb. 15-17 in Yakima; and the Wenatchee Valley Sportsmen Show, Feb. 22-24 in Wenatchee. WDFW will have booths at all three events.
For more information about these and other opportunities to enjoy Washington's great outdoors, see the Weekender Regional Reports posted on WDFW's website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/weekender/. These reports are updated throughout the month to provide current information about recreational opportunities around the state.
WDFW is the primary state agency tasked with preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish and wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fishing and hunting opportunities.