WDFW Weekender Report: Enjoy free fishing weekend and outdoor opportunities this June

Photo Credit: Courtesy of WDFW

by WA Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Enjoy free fishing weekend and outdoor opportunities this June

Fishing opportunities abound this month on Washington's rivers and lakes, offering a great way to get outside and embrace the return of summer.
Other opportunities to enjoy the outdoors this June include:
Recreational opportunities
Trout: The statewide trout derby continues through Oct. 31. Catch a tagged fish and win a prize! Find a participating lake near you. 

Find a participating lake near you

Free fishing weekend: No fishing license? No problem! Free fishing weekend is June 12 and 13 this year and a great time to try fishing if you haven't before or take friends or neighbors who are new anglers.

Learn more about where to fish

Columbia River sockeye: Anglers will have an opportunity to catch and keep sockeye salmon on the Columbia River beginning in mid-June, including on the lower river and Hanford Reach.

More information about sockeye

Puget Sound rivers: Many rivers and streams opened in May for fishing. Check for any special rules before heading out by reviewing the fishing rules pamphlet and emergency rule changes. A section of the North Fork Nooksack River is open for hatchery spring Chinook fishing through June 30.

Fishing rules pamphlet

Take hunter education: Get a jump on hunter education and take the course virtually!

Enroll now

Bird watching: June is a great month to view birds throughout Washington. The Columbia Basin Wildlife Area in Grant County is a haven for waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds, raptors, songbirds, and more. Follow the link below to find a great birding location near you!

Find public land near you

Discover Pass "Free Days": Visitors can park for free on state recreation lands June 5, 12, 13, and 19. On these designated free days, a Discover Pass or Vehicle Access Pass is not required to park at state parks, WDFW wildlife and water access areas, or recreational lands managed by the Department of Natural Resources. 

More Reports

WA Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Friday, May 28th

Hoh River: Hoh River to open for gamefish
Columbia River: Lower Columbia River salmon and steelhead fishery update

WA Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Thursday, May 27th

Columbia River: Mid-Columbia River (Hanford Reach) summer salmon fishery update
Marine Area 10 salmon season opener delayed until June 16