Where to Go Fishing

Fish Washington! This Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Web site offers anglers the when, where, and how-to guide to fishing in Washington. Look for the mobile app!

Explore more than 600 places to access the state’s lakes, ponds, and reservoirs. Find your favorite place to fish!

Recreation.Gov: Find places with fish-related activities.

TakeMeFishing.org: The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation, a national, nonprofit organization, offers this site with information on where to fish around the nation, along with helpful fishing tips.

Get Your License

Licenses and fees are categorized by type (freshwater or saltwater), your age, and the amount of time you want to fish. Kids ages 14 and younger do not need a license.

Buy a License

Fishing Regulations

Find a complete guide to regulations in the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife rule pamphlet.

During the year, regulations may change as fish runs change. Check the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Web site for updated rules.

If boating, be sure you know the laws before deploying your vessel.


If you park at state-managed wildlife areas or water access sites, you must display a Discover Pass or vehicle access pass on your vehicle. There are exemptions, so please check in with the land manager before you go.