WDFW Challenge: Try fishing for your supper on a Free Fishing Weekend

While no licenses are required on Free Fishing Weekend, other rules such as size limits, bag limits and season closures will still be in effect.

Even after the weekend is over, fishing remains a bargain in Washington. An annual combination fishing license – good for both freshwater and saltwater fishing – is $42.35 for state residents. A license for freshwater fishing only is $22, and an annual shellfish license is $11. License fees are reduced for senior citizens, and children 15 and younger fish for free. Licenses can be purchased online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/or at hundreds of retail outlets statewide. 

"Fishing has always been a great way to slow down, get outdoors and create memories with family and friends," said WDFW Interim Director Phil Anderson. "It's also a great source of fresh, local food and inexpensive recreation close to home."