Those who desire to go fishing but don’t have a license will be able to fish to their heart’s content during Free Fishing Weekend this Friday and Saturday.
No license will be required during those two days to fish or gather shellfish in any waters open to fishing. Also, vehicle-use permits and Discover passes will not be required to park at any of the 600 water-access sites maintained by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
Potential anglers are reminded that while no fishing license is required during Free Fishing Weekend, rules such as season closures, size limits, bag limits and lure or bait restrictions will still be in effect. Also, the Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement and Two-Pole Endorsement is not required during the weekend; however, all anglers are required to complete a catch record card for any salmon, steelhead, sturgeon or halibut they catch.
Catch record cards and WDFW’s Fishing in Washington rules pamphlet are available free at hundreds of sporting goods stores and other licensed dealers.
Free Fishing Weekend is a time to revive an old hobby or to introduce friends and family to fishing, WDFW officials said.
Meanwhile, for Fathers Day, state hatchery crews will be stocking 5,000 triploid trout into 14 popular lakes during the June 16-17 weekend, said Craig Burley, WDFW fish division manager.