Fishing regulations vary throughout each year and between fish species and locations. This page contains logistical information to keep your fishing trip on the right path.
Below are the general fishing seasons by fish species. WDFW determines legal fishing seasons approximately within these general seasons each year.
Legal fishing seasons are volatile and may change. Be sure to confirm with a local fishing licenser if you have questions about legal fishing seasons
Coho Salmon can be caught in Washington lakes, rivers and saltwater. River fishing happens in September and October, while saltwater fishing can be had in July and October. Find official season info in WDFW’s sporting pamphlet. More info on Coho.
Sockeye Salmon (aka Reds) are a freshwater-only fish, found in Washington lakes and rivers in summer months, with peak season in July and August. Find official season info in WDFW’s sporting pamphlet. More on Sockeye.
Kokanee salmon (sometimes called Silver trout) are a form of landlocked Sockeye salmon. Although Kokanee can be caught into fall, the best fishing is between March and June. Find official season info in WDFW’s sporting pamphlet. More on Kokanee.
Washington’s Pink Salmon (aka humpback or humpy) can be found in Puget Sound saltwater and rivers. Because of the migratory habits of pinks, fishing seasons occur in odd years, usually in August and September. Find official season info in WDFW’s sporting pamphlet. More on Pink Salmon.
Steelhead can be found in lakes, rivers and saltwater in Washington. There are two steelhead runs a year: winter’s ranges from November to February while the summer run happens in June and July. Find official season info in WDFW’s sporting pamphlet. More on Steelhead.
The term “bottomfish” covers a number of different fish species, including halibut, lingcod and varieties of rockfish. Most Washington bottomfishing occurs along the coast, with Lingcod season occurring in May and June and Halibut season happening between April and June. Find official season info in WDFW’s sporting pamphlet. More info on bottomfish.
Catch and Release only. Year ‘round Find official season info in WDFW’s sporting pamphlet.
Bass can be found all year in many Washington lakes, with March – October as prime fishing. Find official season info in WDFW’s sporting pamphlet.
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Trout can be found in Washington lakes and rivers year-round, with fishing season usually beginning around April and ending in the fall. Common species include brook, brown, cutthroat, lake and rainbow trout. Find official season info in WDFW’s sporting pamphlet. More on trout.
Squid are caught in Washington from May to January. Their migratory habits dictate where along the coast they can be caught as the season progresses. The season begins in Neah Bay and ends in south Puget Sound. More on squid.
Three types of crab are okay to catch and keep in Washington: Dungeness, Red Rock and Tanner. These crabs are found in marine areas along the coast.
Summer: July – Labor Day
Winter: October – December
Check the season dates for each marine area.
Razor clams can be found in a number of intertidal beaches on the coast.
See the season information for various beaches.
Crawdads can be found in lakes, rivers and creeks throughout the state.
May – October
Shrimp can be found along the Washington Coast, with the largest and most commonly hunted being spot shrimp.
May - June
See when each marine area is open for shrimping.