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Message from WDFW

Message from the Director and Commission Chair

This past year has been historic. The pandemic changed how we live, work, and play. In some ways, it kept us apart, but in many ways, it brought us closer together.

Amid all the chaos, with many staying closer to home but still looking for ways to get outside, the last year saw a surge in outdoor recreation in Washington. WDFW- and other state-managed lands and water access areas saw large numbers of visitors as people took to their local lakes and rivers, which was both a blessing and a challenge for the Department as we worked to provide expected services in unexpected times. We worked hard to continue managing and monitoring fisheries, stocking lakes, producing fish at our hatcheries, and promoting responsible recreation across the state.

Hundreds of thousands of Washington residents, whether fishing for the first time or the first time in a long while, got to experience the thrill of reeling in a trout or salmon, raking for clams, or safely taking part in a guided experience. These and other activities offered a responsible, family-friendly way to enjoy our own backyards during lockdown, and we’re grateful to have been a small part of that.

It hasn’t been without challenges, but like all of Washington, we at WDFW pride ourselves on our resilience and adaptability, and we will continue working to provide and improve the diverse fishing and shellfishing opportunities that you will find across our great state.

As non-pandemic life resumes, we invite the public to continue enjoying our state’s great fisheries and the magnificent natural world right outside our doors this year, and for many years to come.