Summer fisheries are in full swing throughout the state this month, providing some of the year’s best fishing opportunities in lakes and streams, along the coast, and on the Columbia River.


Some hunters will take to the field for black bear in the first big-game hunt of the season, while others will scout deer and elk hunting areas in preparation for the fall seasons.


Popular outdoor opportunities in August include:


  • Columbia River salmon: Fall chinook fishing opens Aug. 1, drawing thousands of anglers to the popular Buoy 10 fishery near the mouth of the Columbia.
  • Puget Sound crab: Recreational crab fishing is open from Thursday through Monday every week in many areas of Puget Sound, except north of the San Juan Islands (Marine Area 7 North) and the South Sound (areas 11 and 13). Marine Area 7 North opens on Aug. 16.
  • Trout and warmwater fish: Anglers fishing for trout and warmwater species, such as bass and yellow perch, should continue to do well at many lakes across the state.
  • Ocean salmon: Anglers are reeling in salmon in all four marine areas off the Washington coast. Areas may close as catch quotas are reached.
  • Black bears: Hunting opens during August in several parts of the state. Hunters are allowed two black bears during the general season, only one of which may be taken in eastern Washington.


Hunting and fishing rule booklets are available from license dealers while supplies last and online at and


Region-by-region descriptions of fishing, hunting, and wildlife viewing opportunities are detailed in the Weekender Regional Reports at These reports are updated throughout the month.