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Map of Washington Regions 1 - 6

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: [email protected]

For all other questions or comments, e-mail: [email protected]

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
(Western Washington, Thurston County)

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

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

John Lehmkuhl, Ph.D., Wenatchee

(Eastern Washington position, Chelan County)

Woodrow "Woody" Myers, (Eastern Washington position, Spokane County)

Steve Parker, Zillah (Eastern Washington position, Yakima 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

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

Stop the Spread of Invasive Northern Pike

Northern Pike

How To Identify Northern Pike

  • Yellow bean-shaped spots
  • Yellow-green to gray-green body
  • Rounded tail fork
  • Scales on cheeks and upper half of gill cover
  • 4 to 5 jaw pores

Do not move live Northern Pike

The penalty for moving live Northern Pike includes up to a $5,000 fine and a year in prison (RCW 77.15.250). A person found guilty can also be ordered to pay all costs of capturing, controlling or killing those fish or their progeny (in excess of $100,000).

If you see someone transporting or releasing live fish, please call the Washington State Patrol.

If caught DO NOT RELEASE

Northern Pike are a prohibited species in Washington state. Anglers should kill ALL Northern Pike they catch. Harvested Northern Pike must be dead before anglers leave the water where they are caught.

How To Report

Take detailed photos, record the location and report a sighting.

Phone: 1.888.WDFW.AIS (1.888.933.9247)
Online:
invasivespecies.wa.gov
App: WA invasives

Get The Lead Out

Lead is a toxic metal that has adverse effects on the nervous and reproductive systems of animals. Commonly found in fishing weights and lures, this metal is poisoning wildlife such as loons and eagles.

Many anglers are now using fishing tackle made from non-toxic materials such as tin, bismuth, steel, and tungsten. As lead alternatives are becoming more available, WDFW encourages anglers to try them to help protect our fish, wildlife, and fragile ecosystems.

Non-toxic alternatives:

Tungsten, bismuth, steel, tin, glass, stone, metal composite

Be Whale Wise

Diagram for boaters of proper distance and speed to protect whales.

Underwater transducers, such as depth finders, can overlap with echolocation frequencies that Southern Resident killer whales use to find food, communicate, and travel through Washington’s waters. In areas where Southern Residents may be present, set your depth finder to 200 kHz frequency or temporarily turn it off.

Learn more at:
http://www.bewhalewise.org

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...