No license is required during Free Fishing Weekend

June 10, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 2 p.m. June 10, 2011

Anglers can reel in catches from Beaver and Pine lakes, and other state Department of Fish and Wildlife-managed waters, without a license Saturday and Sunday during Free Fishing Weekend.

For the event, no license is required to fish or gather shellfish in any waters open to fishing in Washington. In addition, no vehicle use permit is required during Free Fishing Weekend to park at any of the 600 water-access sites maintained by the fish and wildlife agency.

“Free Fishing Weekend is a great time to revive an old hobby or to introduce friends and family to fishing,” agency Fish Division Manager Craig Burley said in a news release. “Adults can introduce kids to fishing on a wide variety of waters around the state.”

Though no license is required, other rules, such as season closures, size limits and bag limits, remain in effect. For example, no crab fishing is allowed in Puget Sound during Free Fishing Weekend, because no area is yet open for crabbing.

In addition, all anglers must complete a catch record card for any salmon, steelhead, sturgeon or halibut caught during Free Fishing Weekend. The cards and the agency’s Fishing in Washington rules pamphlet can be found at hundreds of sporting goods stores and other license dealers throughout the state.

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