WA Free Fishing Weekend is June 12-13
ORIGINAL POST: June 11, 8:45 AMSeattle Free Stuff ExaminerCindy Grayson
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Grab your fishing pole and enjoy the Washington state Free Fishing Weekend. No license will be required to fish or gather shellfish in any waters open to fishing in Washington state on Saturday, June 12 & Sunday, June 13, 2010.
Also, the public will not need a vehicle use permit to park at any of the 600 water-access sites maintained by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) during the event.
In addition, the Two Pole Endorsement will not be required to fish with two poles on thousands of lakes statewide, and the Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement will be waived to fish for salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River and its tributaries.
Some examples of fish that can be found in Washington waterways include:
- Hatchery chinook salmon in Washington’s ocean waters
- Lingcod on the coast and Puget Sound
- Bass, crappie, perch and other warm water fish in lakes throughout eastern Washington
- Trout in area lakes and rivers
- Shad and sturgeon from the Columbia River
- Spring chinook salmon in tributaries to the lower Columbia River
- Hatchery steelhead from the mainstem Columbia River and rivers on the Olympic Peninsula
While no licenses are required on Free Fishing Weekend, other rules such as size limits, bag limits and closures will still be in effect. Anglers will also be required to complete a catch record card for any salmon, steelhead or sturgeon caught.
Catch record cards and Fishing in Washington 2010/2011 sportfishing rules pamphlets are available free at hundreds of sporting goods stores and other license dealers throughout the state. A list of license dealers can be found at http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors/
Complete regulations from the sportfishing rules pamphlet can be found at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations.
Visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website for more details.
Find out about Free Fishing Weekends in other states at http://www.freefishingday.com/freefishingsearch.html.