Anglers can fish without a license during the Free Fishing Weekend event in June

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The weekend of June 8 and 9, Washingtonian wranglers can fish various species of fish across the state without a license.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced that the following fish are eligible:

  • Rainbow trout and bass in lowland lakes
  • Lingcod, cabezon, and rockfish on the coast
  • Shad in the Columbia River

Rules on size limits, daily limits, and area closures will continue to be enforced.

All other fish still require a license and a catch record card.

“Fish and Wildlife police remind you that failure to follow the regulations may result in a citation,” Kirt Hughes, WDFW fish management division director said. “Knowing the rules before heading out will make for a safe and enjoyable outdoor experience.”

More information can be found on wdfw.wa.gov.

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