Purchase a fishing license
See the Department of Fish and Wildlife's Fishing Prospects page for a summary of where to fish and what to catch in Washington state.
Fishing licenses and associated fees are categorized by type (freshwater or saltwater) as well as age and duration. Youth ages 14 and younger do not need a license.
Freshwater Fishing Season
Many lakes in Washington remain open year-round, however the spring fishing “opener” takes place the last Saturday in April. The “opener” signals the traditional start of freshwater fishing.
A complete description of fishing regulations is available in the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife sport fishing rule pamphlet. During the year, regulations may change as fish runs change. Check the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife web site for updated fishing rules, or call one of the Department of Fish and Wildlife regional offices (telephone numbers are in the pamphlet).
Vehicle Parking at Fish and Wildlife Managed Lakes
Visitors parking at state-managed fishing sites are required to display a parking permit on their vehicle. Every person who buys an annual fishing license receives a free vehicle use permit. The permits are transferable between two vehicles. Additional permits are available to recreational license buyers for $5 each and to other users for $10.
Recreational Crab Fishing
Recreational Shrimp Fishing