April Showers Brought May Fishing Seasons for Halibut, Shrimp and Lingcod

To prepare for that day, WDFW planted millions of trout ranging from 11-inch “catchables” to 11-pound broodstock. Now the tanker trucks are rolling again, delivering more fish to Washington lakes.

“We stock lakes with trout for the whole season, not just opening day,” said Chris Donley, WDFW Inland Fish Program manager. “Trout fishing should be highly productive in lowland lakes through June, and then again in September. In higher-elevation lakes, fishing should be good right through the summer.”

For most anglers, a valid 2013-14 fishing license is required to fish in Washington state. The exception is young people under age 15, who fish for free.

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Licenses and permits are avaiIable online (https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/), by phone (1-866-246-9453) and from sporting goods stores and other retail license dealers around the state. A list of license vendors is available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors/

and from local WDFW offices.

For more information about fishing seasons, hunting and other outdoor activities available this month, see the detailed region-by-region Weekender Reports on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/weekender/. These reports are updated throughout the month for changes in fishing rules and other developments throughout the state.