Free Fishing Weekend

fishWAProspective anglers who are interested in fishing but don’t have a fishing license can get in on the action during Free Fishing Weekend, scheduled June 8-9. During those two days, no license will be required to fish or gather shellfish in any waters open to fishing.

In addition, no vehicle access pass or Discover Pass will be required that weekend to park at any of the 650 water-access sites maintained by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). “Free Fishing Weekend is a great time to revive an old hobby or to introduce friends and family to fishing,” said Craig Burley, WDFW Fish Division manager. “Adults can take kids fishing on a wide variety of waters around the state.”

While no licenses are required on Free Fishing Weekend, other rules such as season closures, size limits and bag limits will still be in effect. For example, no crab fishing will be allowed in Puget Sound during Free Fishing Weekend, because no areas will be open for crabbing at that time.

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