Fishing and Boating in Washington

When you go fishing and boating in Washington, you will need to purchase either a freshwater fishing license or saltwater fishing license depending on where you plan to fish. Find all the resources you need to start fishing in Washington today.

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Washington Fishing

Get started fishing in WA today. You can purchase an annual freshwater or saltwater fishing license.

Get a Washington Fishing License

Buying a fishing license is the first & most important step for any angler. Get more information.

Washington Boating

You can go boating in Washington on one of the state’s many freshwater rivers, lakes, and reservoirs

Register A Boat In Washington

Registering your boat is easier than you think. Get information about how to register your boat.

Fishing and Boating Events in Washington

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Adult (steelhead) trout spawning

Fish spawning and egg collection; typically mid-April through mid-May. Specific dates may change, depending on number of fish available, readiness to spawn, and meeting broodstock collection goals. Specific date(s) vary yearl...

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May.
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Fish Ladder Opens

Ladder opens in spring, usually on or around May. Opening of fish ladder will bring adult spring Chinook on station for viewing in the fish ladder and adult holding pond. Specific date(s) vary yearly.

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May.
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Chinook salmon smolt release

Nearly 2 million Chinook salmon smolts are released into the Tsoo-Yess River from the hatchery. Specific date(s) vary yearly. Please call ahead to confirm dates and times.

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Kid kissing a bass

Washington is a Bass Fishing Hotspot

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small fish caught during weather change

Little-Known Best Times to Fish

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