This coming weekend is the time to go fishing if you don't want to invest in a fishing license. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife will hold the annual Free Fishing Weekend on Saturday and June 13.
During those two days, no license will be required to fish or gather shellfish in any waters open to fishing in the state. Also, no vehicle use permit will be required during the weekend to park at any of the 600 water-access sites maintained by the department. Anglers also will not need a two pole endorsement to fish with two poles on thousands of lakes, nor will they need a Columbia River salmon and steelhead endorsement, otherwise required to fish for salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River and its tributaries, said a department news release.
While no licenses are required on Free Fishing Weekend, other rules such as size limits, bag limits and closures will still be in effect. Anglers will also be required to complete a catch record card for any salmon, steelhead or sturgeon they catch.
Catch record cards and “Fishing in Washington 2010/2011” sportfishing rules pamphlets are available free at hundreds of sporting goods stores and other license dealers throughout the state. See wdfw.wa.gov/lic/vendors/vendors.htm to locate a license dealer.
The sportfishing rules pamphlet also is available at wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations.