Summer fishing seasons are now in full swing, requiring anglers to make some tough decisions about how to spend their time on the water.
Our second “Bass Week” will be July 8-14, where we’ll highlight some of the best bass waters in Washington, provide fishing tips, and answer questions on all things bass.
But bass aren’t the only thing that’s hot this month, scores of lakes and streams throughout the state are open for trout and other species, while salmon fisheries are underway in Washington’s ocean waters and several marine areas of Puget Sound.
Here’s a rundown of some of this month’s fishing opportunities:
Puget Sound salmon: Anglers will have plenty of options to fish for salmon in Puget Sound waters this summer. Several marine areas in Puget Sound and Juan de Fuca Strait open this month for salmon fishing.
Puget Sound crab: Several Puget Sound marine areas open for crabbing July 4, including Marine areas 6 (East Juan de Fuca Strait), 8-1 (Deception Pass), 8-2 (Port Susan/Everett), 9 (Admiralty Inlet), and 10 (Seattle/Bremerton). Marine Area 7 South (San Juan Islands/Bellingham) opens July 11 while Marine Area 7 North (Gulf of Georgia) opens Aug. 15. Recreational crabbing is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays in all areas of Puget Sound through Labor Day, Sept. 2.
High mountain trout lakes: Most high elevation or alpine trout lakes are accessible this month for hikers packing their fishing rods. Almost 200 small lakes, ranging from about 3,000 to 8,000 feet in elevation, lie on public land within Chelan and Okanogan counties, including the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, North Cascades National Park, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, and Colockum Wildlife Area.
You can find regulations for fisheries statewide in the 2019-2020 sport fishing rules pamphlet, which takes effect July 1. The pamphlet is available from sporting goods stores and is posted online athttps://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.
For more information about where you can fish and view wildlife this month, see the Weekender Regional Reports posted on WDFW’s website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/weekender/. We update these reports throughout the month to provide up-to-date information about recreational opportunities around the state.