OLYMPIA — With millions of visits since its launch in 2012, Fish Washington webpages have been providing the “when’s, where’s and how-to’s” of fishing in Washington to anglers of all ages and skill levels.
Now, after developing new content for nearly a year, The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has expanded the site to provide additional details about fishing Washington’s outer coast, Grays Harbor, Willapa Bay, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the San Juan Islands, Hood Canal and Puget Sound. Information about high-elevation lakes is also now included.
Altogether, the Fish Washington site (www.wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/washington) has new fishing information for some 3,800 square miles of saltwater.
“Fish Washington marine area improvements are extensive,” said Ryan Lothrop, WDFW recreational salmon fishery manager. “We revised and rebuilt this tool to help saltwater anglers gain additional information, have more fun, and find the fish they seek.”
• Species calendars showing when to fish by area and species, including salmon, halibut, lingcod, rockfish, flounder, tuna, and other marine species;
• Mapping tools that enable anglers to plan their trips and gain information on shore and boat access;
• Fishing tips that include YouTube instructional videos, Fishing 101 lessons, fish preparation tips, and information on public clam and oyster beaches;
• The Great Getaways vacation planning section, which provides extensive information about family-friendly fishing vacations; and
• Fishing reports that give anglers information on where the bite is on.
“We are not giving away anyone’s secret fishing holes,” said Dayv Lowry, a fisheries research biologist with the department, “but these improvements should make it easier for all anglers to prepare and plan for successful saltwater outings.”