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 fishing hole!

Washington Water Cruiser is an interactive map to help you find where to launch a boat or tie up for a weekend on the water. The map features all state-owned boat launches and moorage sites open to the public, along with amenities for boaters at each site.

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

Take Me Fishing: 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 Fishing License

Fishing 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 Fishing License

Fishing Regulations

Find a complete guide to fishing regulations 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.

Parking

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.