Reel it in! Fishing is free this weekend in Washington state

by: KIRO 7 News Staff Updated:

No fishing license? No problem on free fishing weekend in Washington state, June 10 and 11.

On Free Fishing Weekend no vehicle access pass or Discover Pass will be required to park at any of the nearly 700 water-access sites maintained by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Washington State Parks’ Discover Pass, $10 daily or $30 annually, is usually required for parking at state park trailheads. The money generated from the passes helps offset steep reductions in general tax support for parks and other recreation lands.

A Discover Pass is required in state parks on Sunday and on Department of Natural Resources lands throughout the weekend, however.

Anglers will also not need a Columbia River salmon and steelhead endorsement, which are usually required to fish for salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River and its tributaries.

"If you haven't fished in Washington, or want to introduce fishing to someone new to the sport, this is the weekend to get out there," said Steve Thiesfeld, WDFW inland fish program manager.

Saturday is also National Get Outdoors Day, meaning that hikers can also enjoy a free day without a Discovery Pass for trails in Washington state parks.


Saturday is also National Get Outdoors Day, meaning hikers can also enjoy a free day without a Discovery Pass for trails in Washington state parks. Click here to read participating parks.