WDFW will not release ‘early winter’ hatchery steelhead this spring unless legal issues are resolved

OLYMPIA –The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will not release early winter hatchery steelhead

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Washington Anglers can fish for free June 12-13

OLYMPIA – Each year, thousands of Washingtonians go fishing – legally – without a license. How? By taking advantage of Free Fishing Weekend, scheduled June 12-13.

During those two days, no license will be required to fish or gather shellfish in any waters open to fishing in Washington state. Also, no vehicle use permit will be required during Free Fishing Weekend to park at any of the 600 water-access sites maintained by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

In addition, anglers will not need a Two Pole Endorsement to fish with two poles on thousands of lakes statewide, nor will they need a Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement, otherwise required to fish for salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River and its tributaries.

Anglers get extra day each week to catch spring chinook on the lower Klickitat River


Action:   Klickitat River anglers will be able to fish Sunday in addition to the Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday weekly schedule.   

Species affected:   Chinook and steelhead

Effective dates:   April 1 through May 31, 2009

Location:   Klickitat River from mouth to the Fisher Hill Bridge (located about 3 miles upstream from the mouth).