OLYMPIA - Whether casting for trout, trolling for salmon or digging for clams, fishing is a great way to put fresh, local food on the dinner table. And this weekend is the best time for beginning anglers to get out to local waters and take part in some of the numerous fishing and shellfishing opportunities Washington offers.
Free Fishing Weekend is June 6-7, when no fishing license is required to fish in Washington. To help beginning anglers learn the basics, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has developed a new webpage: "Go fresh, go local - go fishing," available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/fish-local/.
The new webpage offers an overview of fishing seasons and fishing spots in communities across the state, information on species of interest to beginning fishers, and tips ranging from how to bait a hook to how to clean catch. The webpage also provides information on water-access sites, public fishing piers and shellfishing beaches.