Plenty of Good Reasons to Renew Fishing and Hunting Licenses Soon

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Olympia, WA -( Several fisheries are set to open in the weeks ahead, and the year’s first hunting season isn’t far behind.

With a new season of outdoor adventures about to begin, Washingtonians might want to consider purchasing 2016-17 fishing and hunting licenses before current licenses expire at midnight March 31.

The cost of fishing and hunting licenses remains the same as last year, and most annual licenses include a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) vehicle-access pass. That pass allows people to use and park at more than 700 WDFW water access sites and 33 wildlife areas throughout the state. More licensing information is available at

Meanwhile, several outdoor opportunities are available in the coming weeks, including:

  • Columbia River spring chinook: A boat angler fishing the lower Columbia River caught the first spring chinook salmon of the season in early February. Plenty more will be caught in the weeks ahead as the region’s first major salmon fishery of the year picks up speed.
  • Eastern Washington lakes: Fishing gets under way March 1 at several lakes east of the Cascades.
  • Spring turkey: The general season opens in mid-April. The season follows a special spring turkey hunt for people age 15 and younger. More details will be available soon on WDFW’s website.

For more information about outdoor activities coming up this month, see the Weekender Regional Reports at

These reports are updated throughout the month to provide current information about recreational opportunities around the state.

About WDFW:

WDFW is dedicated to preserving, protecting and perpetuating the state’s fish and wildlife resources. The department operates under a dual mandate from the Washington Legislature to: Protect and enhance fish and wildlife and their habitats. Provide sustainable, fish- and wildlife-related recreational and commercial opportunities.

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