“Free Fishing Weekend” is June 11-12, 2016, when fishing licenses are not required of anyone to fish in Washington State. Free Fishing Weekend in Washington State is an annual event that takes place the first weekend after the first Monday in June.
Remember – all other rules still apply, including seasons, area and lure or bait restrictions, and size and catch limits. Catch Record Cards (first one is free) are required to fish for salmon, sturgeon, steelhead, and halibut. Please see the Fishing Regulation Pamphlet below for all rules and restrictions.
- 2016-2017 Fishing Regulation Pamphlet, rules effective July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017
- 2015-2016 Fishing Regulations Packet, rules effective July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016
Where to go in Seattle:
1. Elliott Bay Fishing Pier at Terminal 86: The pier is known to be prime for catching salmon, rockfish, lingcod, squid and Dungeness crab and offers covered cleaning stations and amazing views of the city.
2. Green Lake Park: Fish for trout, carp and catfish, among other finned fare year-round at this North Seattle favorite.
3. Mount Baker Park: Fun family fishing from the shores of Lake Washington. There’s also a playground and a beach when your ready for a break.
4. Seacrest Park: Located on the West Seattle waterfront, this park boasts some of the best views of Seattle. It’s also a great spot for fishing and has a nearby boathouse.
5. Belvoir Place: This is a small dock on Lake Union in Laurelhurst. The location is quiet and grassy, perfect place for a first time fishing adventure.
Water Safety Reminder:
Safety First! Whenever you are participating in a water activity or sport, wear a life jacket. Whether your in a boat or playing on the shore, a life jacket is critical, especially for young children. Click HERE for a list of affordable & FREE loaner jackets.