Rain Or Shine, 2014 Holds Promise For Hunting And Fishing

fishhuntWinter weather is an important consideration wherever you go. Ice fishing can be a dicey proposition in many parts of the state and a sudden rainstorm rains can render a river “unfishable” – even dangerous – virtually overnight. “Preparation is essential for any outdoor activity, especially in winter” said Mike Cenci, WDFW deputy chief of enforcement.

“Check the weather conditions, river conditions and road conditions – and let people know where you’re going before you head out.”

Statewide waterfowl seasons run through Jan. 26, while steelhead seasons vary by area, as described in the Washington Sport Fishing Rules Pamphlet.

Of course, there are plenty of other reasons to celebrate the new year by heading outdoors, including:

  • Razor clams: Ocean beaches will be open to razor clam digging for 13 days in January, providing marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat. Check HERE for more information.
  • Trout fishing: WDFW is stocking 13 lakes in southwest Washington with 30,000 rainbows through the end of the month. For weekly stocking reports there and elsewhere, check HERE.
  • Wildlife watching: Bald eagles, snow geese, elk, big-horn sheep and other wintering wildlife are on display in many parts of the state.

WDFW fish and wildlife managers want to pass along a few other seasonal reminders:

  • Crab reports: The Puget Sound crab fishery closed Dec. 31, and crabbers are required to report their winter catch by Feb. 1.
  • Hunter reports: Hunters who purchased tags for black bear, deer, elk or turkey are reminded that reports are due by Jan. 31 for each 2013 license, permit or tag they purchased.

For more information about the full array of fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing available over the next month, see the Weekender Regional Reports posted on WDFW’s website. These reports are updated throughout the month to provide current information about recreational opportunities around the state.

January 3, 2014/WDFW News Release