It is with much enthusiasm that I can share with you, Washington fishing returns! We have been patiently waiting after a month of full closure and are almost back to normal. We still have a few of our favorite fisheries that are still in limbo as of May 5, like Halibut fishing, Shellfishing (including my personal favorite Spot Shrimp), and Coastal areas 1-4, but at least we can get out and wet a line!
Lingcod fishing opens up in Puget Sound, San Juan Islands and the Straits on May 5.
Lake fishing opens statewide on May 5. And all normal lakes open up with planted trout, as well as a great shot at pre-spawn Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass fishing.
River fishing opens statewide on May 5. Although many of our accustomed rivers are closed until June. Please review regulations for rivers that are opened, such as the Yakima for trout fishing and the Cowlitz River for steelhead.
Halibut fishing is on hiatus until the state and tribes work through opening seasons. Many anglers head to the tribal ports of Neah Bay and La Push, which are still limiting visitors. Check out WDFW Halibut Page for updates.
Spot Shrimp Season is also on hiatus until the state determines opening dates. Please check WDFW Shrimping Page for more details.
WDFW Covid Updates will be a good resource for the current situation and new info.
I am very fortunate to get a chance to get the boat out again and will be posting updated reports as I have them. Great luck out there and stay safe everyone!