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April 2018

Start of lowland lakes trout season
one of many 'opening days' in April

For many anglers, opening day is synonymous with the start of the lowland lakes trout-fishing season, which gets underway April 28 this year. Hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians typically descend on trout-stocked lakes to kick off the state's biggest outdoor event.

To prepare for the upcoming season, hatchery crews from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) have been working since last year to stock millions of fish in lakes throughout the state. Anglers can find how many went where at

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But anglers — and hunters, too — are also looking forward to a variety of other "opening days" for outdoor adventures this month, including:

  • Columbia Basin lake fishing: Dozens of lakes in the Columbia Basin open to fishing April 1.
  • Razor clam digs: A four-day razor clam dig will begin April 19 on morning tides. For details, check the razor clam season page for more information.
  • Spring turkey hunt: The general spring turkey hunt opens April 15 for hunters of all ages and runs through May 31. See WDFW's Washington Wild Turkey Spring Season pamphlet at for more information.

For most people, a valid 2018-19 fishing or hunting license will be required to participate in those activities after March 31, when all 2017-18 licenses expire. The exception is young people under age 15, who can fish for free. Licenses and permits are available online (, by phone (1-866-246-9453) and from sporting goods stores and other retail license dealers around the state.

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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