• Fishing licenses are not required in Washington on Saturday and Sunday.
• Trout fishing continues to be good in Western Washington lakes.
• Action has been slow since Monday’s salmon fishing opener.
State sampling last week showed 800 salmonid anglers (159 of which were in boats) caught 64 adult and seven jack spring chinook and 10 steelhead. Of those kept, 42 were adult chinook and nine were steelhead. Boat anglers are catching spring chinook in the John Day Pool. Boat anglers on the pool average one legal sturgeon kept per every four rods last week. Anglers average 3.8 walleye and 13.6 bass per rod in the John Day Pool. In The Dalles Pool, only a few boats were sampled, but they averaged three walleye and seven bass per rod.
Spring chinook and summer steelhead fishing is open between Tongue Point and Bonneville Dam. Shad angling is open from Buoy 10 upstream to the Bonneville Dam.
“Free Fishing Weekend is a great time to try fishing in Washington, whether you are new to the sport, have not taken up a rod and reel in years, or want to introduce a friend or young family member to the sport,” Chris Donley, WDFW inland fish program manager, said in a prepared statement.
All other rules still apply. For more information visit wdfw.wa.gov.