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Fishing

Contact Information

Olympia Headquarters Office

Natural Resources Building

1111 Washington Street SE

Olympia, WA 98501

Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

PO Box 43200

Olympia, WA 98504-3200

Fish Program Statewide Customer Service (360) 902-2700

(8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday)

For fishing regulation questions, e-mail: fishregs@dfw.wa.gov

For all other questions or comments, e-mail: fishpgm@dfw.wa.gov

Other WDFW Customer Service

WDFW Licensing (360) 902-2464

WDFW Wildlife (360) 902-2515

WDFW Habitat (360) 902-2534

WDFW Enforcement (360) 902-2936

Hotline Numbers

Fishing Emergency Regulation Hotline (360) 902-2500

Shellfish Rule Change toll-free Hotline (866) 880-5431

Department of Health Contact Information

To check on Contaminants in Fish Advisories (877) 485-7316

To check on Shellfish Advisories
(Marine Toxins/PSP)
(800) 562-5632

or www.doh.wa.gov/shellfishsafety

Regional Offices

(8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday)

Region 1 - Spokane (509) 892-1001

2315 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley, WA 99216-1566

Region 2 - Ephrata (509) 754-4624

1550 Alder St. NW, Ephrata, WA 98823-9699

District Office - Wenatchee (509) 662-0452

3860 Hwy. 97A, Wenatchee, WA 98801-9607

Region 3 - Yakima (509) 575-2740

1701 S 24th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902-5720

Region 4 - Mill Creek (425) 775-1311

16018 Mill Creek Blvd., Mill Creek, WA 98012-1541

Region 5 - Ridgefield (360) 696-6211

5525 S 11th Street, Ridgefield, WA 98642

Region 6 - Montesano(360) 249-4628

48 Devonshire Road, Montesano, WA 98563-9618

Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission:

Barbara Baker, Chair, Olympia
(At-large position, Thurston County)

Molly Linville, Vice Chair, Palisades
(Eastern Washington position, Douglas County)

James “Jim” Anderson, Buckley
(At-large position, Pierce County)

Donald McIsaac, Ph.D., Hockinson
(Western Washington Position, Clark County)

Kim Thorburn, MD, MPH, Spokane
(Eastern Washington position, Spokane County)

John Lehmkuhl, Ph.D., Wenatchee

(Eastern Washington position, Chelan County)

Tim Ragen, Ph.D., Anacortes

(Western Washington position, Skagit County)

Melanie Rowland, J.D., Twisp

(At-Large position, Okanogan County)

Lorna Smith, (Western Washington position, Jefferson County)

Kelly Susewind, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Director

Kelly Cunningham, Director, Fish Program

Buy Your Fishing License Online:

fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov

For License Information & Vendor Locations:

(360) 902-2464

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Website:

wdfw.wa.gov

WDFW Enforcement

For non-emergency violations/poaching: Call WDFW toll-free 1-877-933-9847 (1-877-WDFW-TIP). See Statewide General Rules for more details.

To report commercial derelict fishing gear: Call toll-free (855) 542-3935

To report fish kills, oil or hazardous material spills, contact Department of Emergency Management: (800) 258-5990

Reporting Violations/Poaching

DIAL 911 to Report a Life Threatening Emergency

For Non-Emergency Violations/Poaching:

  • Call WDFW toll-free 1-877-933-9847 (1-877-WDFW-TIP); or
  • Use the dedicated WDFW email address (reportpoaching@dfw.wa.gov); or
  • Text your poaching/violation tip anonymously to the WDFW poaching hotline 847411 (TIP411).
    1. Start a text message on your phone. On the first line of the message type the key word WDFWTIP. Then add a space and type in the violation information.
    2. Then, from the phone’s menu, select Send To: and type in 847411 (TIP411), and press send (Note: The text message is sent to a special computer server that will mask your identity and assign an alias); OR
  • Report the crime on-line to WDFW by using the following web address: https://wdfw.wa.gov/about/enforcement/report or
  • To report fish and wildlife related crimes and incidents, call WILDCOMM at (360) 902-2936, Option 1, OR 1 (877) 933-9847
  • For further information see https://wdfw.wa.gov/about/enforcement/report

For Other Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Questions:

Report lost or stolen recreational shellfish gear online at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfishing-regulations/gear-rules/lost-gear

For Aquatic Invasive Species Reports: Call toll-free 1-888-933-9247 (1-888-WDFW-AIS)

Reward Program

Information that contributes substantially to an arrest of another person for violation of Title 77.15 RCW, WAC 220, or WAC 232, including loss of fish, wildlife, or damage to WDFW property, could be eligible for a cash reward. Annually, about $8,000.00 is paid in rewards.

Derelict Fishing Gear

Report lost or abandoned commercial nets or pots

There are no penalties associated with reporting lost commercial fishing gear.

The Derelict Fishing Gear Removal Project is a no-fault program. The goals are simply to remove lost and abandoned commercial gear, to help restore Puget Sound, to improve public safety, and to assist species recovery.

Nets are dangerous! Never attempt to remove them. Divers, stay a safe distance away.

Still Fishing After All These Years

Lost and abandoned commercial fishing gear continues to fish, impacting marine animals and destroying their habitat, entangling divers, and damaging propellers and rudders of boats.

What’s being done?

Federal, state, tribal, and local governments, NGOs, and grassroots organizations and individuals are collaborating to protect and restore Washington marine resources by locating and removing harmful commercial derelict fishing gear.

How can you help?

Record as much information as you can when you find commercial derelict gear, including:

  • Date of sighting
  • Type of gear
  • Approximate water depth
  • General location
  • Latitude (example 48.34333)
  • Longitude (example -123.00333)

You can report this information to:

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

(Toll Free) 855-542-3935

Northwest Straits Marine Conservative Initiative

360-733-1725 or go to

https://nwstraitsfoundation.or...