WDFW News Release: Anglers Can Fish for Free June 9-10, 2018. Free Fishing Weekend Has Commenced: Trout Fishing Derby, Discover Pass Not Required, and More!

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According to a news release from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), Anglers can fish for free this weekend, June 9 and 10. During these two days, no license will be required to fish or gather shellfish in any waters open to fishing in Washington state.

Anglers will also not need a Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement, otherwise required to fish for salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River and its tributaries. They will also not need a Two Pole Endorsement to fish with two poles in selected waters where two-pole fishing is permitted.

No vehicle access pass or Discover Pass will be required during Free Fishing Weekend to park at any of the nearly 700 water-access sites maintained by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. A Discover Pass will also not be required on Washington State Parks lands throughout the weekend, but will be required on DNR lands both days.

“If you haven’t fished in Washington, or want to introduce fishing to someone new to the sport, this is the weekend to get out there,” said Steve Thiesfeld, WDFW inland fish program manager.

Options available on Free Fishing Weekend include:

  • Trout in lowland lakes, and in the many rivers opening to trout fishing June 2 throughout the state
  • Lingcod on the coast
  • Bass, crappie, perch and other warmwater fish biting in lakes throughout Washington
  • Shad on the Columbia River
  • Hatchery steelhead on rivers on the Olympic Peninsula

For those who want even more fishing advice, the Fish Washington video page provides “how to” fishing videos designed to introduce techniques to both new and seasoned anglers.

Anglers who take part in free fishing weekend can also participate in the department’s 2018 Trout Fishing Derby and redeem green tags from fish caught over the weekend. Interested anglers should check for details online.

Before heading out, anglers should also check the current fishing regulations valid through June. In addition, the free “Fish Washington” app, available on Google Play, Apple’s App store, and WDFW’s website is designed to convey up-to-the-minute fishing regulations for every lake, river, stream and marine area in the state.

While no licenses are required on Free Fishing Weekend, it’s still important to check the regulations for other rules such as size limits, bag limits, catch record card requirements and area closures that will still be in effect.

Catch record cards, required for some species, are available free at hundreds of sporting goods stores and other license dealers throughout the state. Click here to to locate a license dealer.

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