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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 9, 2011 at 8:55 AM

This coming weekend is Free Fishing Weekend in Washington

This is Free Fishing Weekend on June 11-12, and is a time to maybe get someone interested in the sport, and folks who don’t have a fishing license can still get in on most of the action.

During those two days, no license will be required to fish or gather shellfish in any waters open to fishing in Washington state. Also, no vehicle use permit will be required during Free Fishing Weekend to park at any of the 600 water-access sites maintained by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

While no licenses are required on Free Fishing Weekend, other rules such as season closures, size limits and bag limits will still be in effect. For example, no crab fishing will be allowed in Puget Sound during Free Fishing Weekend, because no areas will be open for crabbing at that time.

In addition, all anglers will be required to complete a catch record card for any salmon, steelhead, sturgeon or halibut they catch that weekend. Catch record cards and WDFW’s Fishing in Washington rules pamphlet are available free at hundreds of sporting goods stores and other license dealers throughout the state.

For more information go to the state Fish and Wildlife website.

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